We have been busy gathering support of our upcoming Denim & Diamonds Patriotic Spectacular which is quickly approaching. I have been making a concentrated effort to seek out local small businesses to ensure that we are helping them to make an impact within the community, by asking them to sponsor this event we are giving them the opportunity to raise awareness of their business, help support our Veterans through this sponsorship and assisting them in spreading the word about their services. It's a win/win for everyone!
With this being the Month Of the Military Child (MOMC), we are excited to be able to once again help out with games and prizes for the children at a local base. We will be hosting a table at the Veterans Resource Fair in San Jose on the 13th and also attending the Moffett Field family resource day.
Our chapter keeps busy, busy, busy; well we try to! There is so much that we can offer as resources to our local military and veterans. We are still accepting names and addresses for our servicemembers who are deployed so if you know someone, please submit their info via our websites Submit A Soldier page. Patelco Credit Union will be collecting items for local Blue Star Mothers chapters for care packages but remember, these cannot be sent without our paying for postage so if you don't have one of the credit unions near you, feel free to donate the funds required to mail a package. At $13.95 each package, the tab can run high when you start sending 100 or more packages at a time, we normally run in excess of 150 packages.
Our Liberty Canteen efforts are picking up, this is great news. While there are several local veterans organizations in our area, there is nothing set up to distribute assistance to local low-income/fixed-income and homeless veterans in our own community. I will be visiting with local VA staff members to set up distribution dates in our own tri-city area and we continue to work with contributors collecting the items that we want to pass along to our veterans. One of our concerns is that our low/fixed income vets are not having as healthy a diet as they should. While there is a newer VA medical facility here, the income levels at times do not allow them to purchase food items that may meet their dietary restrictions and requirements. Hey, I'm a Mom, I worry about these things!
So if you find it in your heart to donate even a few dollars, maybe get ahold of the local school(s) to set up a "donate your change to make a change" day and collect that change to donate to us, we appreciate it all!
Remember, 100% of your donations are used for our programs. We do not accept salaries, gratuities, etc. we are all volunteers.
Thank you for your generous efforts in helping our Troops/Veterans/Families. Without you, we would not be able to continue making the difference in our local community that we have. Not all military families make it known to the general public that they are here as your neighbors, classmates, church members, and such. Your efforts to assist our chapter with much needed funds and donations of items helps us to reach out where it will do the most good.
Bless you for your kindness, we look forward to a Happy Spring and to helping our wounded at our upcoming polytrauma dinner, our veterans through our Liberty Canteen and our military dependents and families.
We keep your military servicemembers in our prayers and hope for their safe return home.
Yours in Service,
Julie M. Ramirez