We are on our way to another wonderful year of working hard to help support our Troops, Veterans and Military Families.
We begin the year with our Annual 9/11 Honor and Remembrance Event which will be held in Fremont at the Veterans Memorial Park next to the County Superior Courthouse at the corners of Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue. The event begins at 5:45 a.m. which is the time that the first plane hit the Towers in New York. We will be placing memorial wreaths/flowers at each of the granite stones in honor of all of our Fallen and also another wreath in honor of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. For our Firemen, Policemen, EMT's, and so many others, patriots who went down fighting for their country to try and save others; we honor them all.
We continue our service to our wounded warriors with quarterly dinners at the VA for them and their families. It is always a joy to do this and we are always looking for books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, video games and board games to take over to them as their recovery is sometimes lengthy and just watching TV gets boring for everyone!
In addition, we are always in need of items for our Liberty Canteen which supplies local veterans with items to help them with their daily lives. This includes homeless veterans as well as low/fixed income veterans. Many of our Seniors are unable to make ends meet and they deserve to eat more than 1 piece of bread and 1 egg a day to allow them to pay their utility bills.
It seems like I am always asking for help for our "cause" but there is so much that needs to be done and while we are a Veterans Service Organization, we are looking for new and innovative ways to raise the funds we are in need of.
To that end, if your employer offers grants or any type of funding to nonprofit organizations, we would be happy to submit any required paperwork to that end. We have several ways that we are currently seeking funding through such as the online search tool: http://www.goodsearch.com/ where you can list the Alameda County Blue Star Moms as your favorite charity and then receive coupons for dining, shopping and more!
We have partnered with Macy's this year in their Shop For A Cause program that assists nonprofits each year with the sales of shopping passes allowing those who purchase the passes for just $5 to save 25% on purchases and 10% on electronics. This includes sale items, clearance items, etc. This one day shopping event is always fun and a great way to start off your holiday shopping! You can purchase these shopping passes by mailing in your donation of $5 for each shopping pass to us at ACBSM, PO Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536 and write passes on the memo area of your check. Remember, this is a one day event held August 24, 2013 only.
We have also partnered with Double D BBQ who is a local hot sauce retailer. They are offering $1 donation to our organization for every bottle of hot sauce purchased via their website. The flyers link is on our homepage with the coupon code to allow the donation. Please download it and pass it along to friends, family and co-workers. Every dollar counts in our program endeavors.
We are looking forward to our upcoming Hearts on the Homefront Craft Fair and 5th Annual Yard Sale where there will be plenty of items for sale that you won't be disappointed and will be able to make a deal! If you would like to have a booth at this event please let us know via the contact me app on this website. Booth spaces are only $20 each and your local small business will be exposed to hundreds of people between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on August 24, 2013.
We have been blessed to work with Operation Homefront and local Dollar Tree Retailers this year for the school supplies. We were able to serve over 400 families this year again, of all branches of service. This is where the joy comes in for me, helping the children. We will be collecting toys again this year and are looking forward to an upcoming baby shower for expectant military families whose newest bundles of joy will be welcomed in 2014.
Our chapter looks forward to renewing old relationships, continuing with our outstanding support from local businesses and community members and making new friends who support our programs. Helping to build a better future for military dependents, assisting veterans when and where we can and as always, supporting our Troops.
We look forward to working with you!
Julie M. Ramirez