Love is in the air! The Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina join forces to make sure our men and women serving overseas feel the love from America on Valentine’s Day.
“They just remind you that you are not forgotten,” said Melissa Dion, a retired staff Sgt. U.S. Army.
More than 30 volunteers spent a chilly Saturday morning packing over 100 boxes that will head to our servicemen and women who are away from home. Each box contains toiletries, candy, magazines, soup, and lots of love. Although the boxes won’t bring families closer together, they will provide some familiar comforts.
“Maybe the military gives them exactly what they need, but we try to give them what they really want and that is a piece of home,” said Carol Dion, vice president of Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina.
Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina is a non-profit organization made up of parents who have children serving our country in the Armed Forces. The group frequently gets together to pack boxes to send to our troops. Their reason is simple.
“All we want people to remember is that some of our kids are out there and they are fighting for your freedom,” said Dion. “They are keeping it so that we don’t have another 9-11.”
Some of the boxes will head to Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait and Germany.
Dion says packing boxes with other mothers whose children are deployed is a form of therapy.
“We stick around because there is always going to be another mother who needs us when her kid deploys,” said Dion “Nobody knows what is it like when the phone rings in the middle of the night and you just crawl right out of your skin because you have no idea.”
Melissa Dion served 22 years in the U.S. Army as a medic. She remembers the excitement when she learned a package was waiting for her.
“You open this random box and you see a beautiful handmade card. You go through the box and you are so happy because there is so much good stuff in there,” said Dion. “If there are families out there that can’t afford to send a box, then they need to look for a Blue Star Mothers group.”
The Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina are always looking for names of deployed troops to send boxes. For more information, just visit their website at www.bluestarmothersofcoastalcarolina.com