Handled with care: Myrtle Beach Blue Star Mothers pack “hero” boxes for troops overseas

In a few weeks, several service members will get a welcome surprise at mail call courtesy of the Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina.

“We want to make sure that they know we are thinking about them,” said Carol Dion, vice president of Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina.

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Packed boxed are taped up and ready to be shipped.                                                Photo: Sharon Tutrone

More than 30 volunteers spent a Saturday morning packing over 100 boxes. The boxes will head to our servicemen and women who are away from home. Each box contains comforts of home like toiletries, cookies, magazines, and soup. Although the boxes will not bring families closer together, they will offer some familiar comforts.

“Our ultimate goal is to send them a little piece of home. They will open a box and see a package of Oreos. If you are in a God forsaken place you are not going to get Oreos,” said Dion.

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. The boxes are sent to deployed troops but mailing the boxes are not cheap. To ship one box cost $17.95 and the post office does not offer a discount. So the Blue Star Mother of Coastal Carolina depends upon the generosity of the community to help them fulfill their mission.

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Volunteers pack summer “hero” boxes Photo: Sharon Tutrone

“We have two more packings that we want to do. We do a Halloween and a Christmas packing,” said Dion. “At this point, we may be a little bit short at the end of the year for our Christmas packing.”

Dion says every penny collected goes towards the troops.

Wayne Talaber with the VFW Riders Murrells Inlet not only stopped by to help pack boxes but made a donation on his group’s behalf.

“Our Veterans and our active military are the biggest things for us. We support them 100 percent, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that these keep going,” said Talaber.

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A member of the VFW Riders Murrells  Inlet donates to the Blue Star  Mother of Coastal Carolina.                                     Photo: Sharon Tutrone

For others, this event was a chance for parents to teach their child a lesson about helping others.

“They are fighting for our country, and they are overseas and can’t get stuff like this,” said Lilly Lawson, Volunteer. “It makes me feel really good that we are helping someone else.”

If you would like to help The Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina cover shipping costs, you can head to their website http://www.bluestarmothersofcoastalcarolina.com/ to find out how to donate.

 

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