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ITEMS ARE NEEDED TO SEND OVERSEAS TO HELP OUR WOUNDED ON THEIR ROAD TO RECOVERY AND ALSO HERE AT HOME AT OUR LOCAL VETERANS HOSPITAL . Please help us to help our Troops with your monetary donation or actual items. Donations may be dropped at 37154 Second St., Fremont, CA 94536 on the 1st Wednesday of each month between 7 pm and 8 pm. Monetary doantions are always accepted to assist with the shipping costs to our Military Hospital in Germany. You can donate via our website (see the home page) or send your tax deductible donation to ACBSM, PO Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006. You will receive a thank you card and a confirmation of your donation for your tax records along with our non-profit number.
ITEMS NEEDED: ONLY NEW ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED
The Chaplain’s Closet an entity within LRMC Pastoral Services that cares for the humanitarian needs of wounded and ill Service Members evacuated from the theaters of operation. The Chaplain’s Closet provides items of comfort to "fill holes" until the service member’s personal items can catch up with them in the military healthcare system.
The Chaplain’s Closet services more than 300 service members each month. Since the Chaplain’s Closet is a non-funded humanitarian entity within the Department of Defense, we rely on the generous donations of fellow Americans and others, both substantive and monetary, to provide these items. We truly appreciate the efforts of each and every person willing to share "hugs from home" and words of encouragement with those who have given so much for the cause of Freedom in our world! Below is a list of items Service Members typically request and take from the Chaplain’s Closet. This list will be updated periodically.
Ongoing Needs: September 2013 Top 15
Men’s Boxer briefs (colored only) –M,L,XL
Men’s shorts – S,M,L,XL
Women’s body wash small bottles
Small duffle bags (gym bags)
Mouth wash small bottles
Men’s tennis shoes size (8 through 14)
Women’s tennis shoes size (5 ½ through 9)
Blankets and Full size Quilts
Double X T-shirts
DO NOT send used items
DO NOT send used items they will not be accepted
This list will be updated periodically. Updated 03 11 2014
SENDING A TASTE OF HOME TO OUR TROOPS!
ACBSM is currently seeking donations for our Troop Care Packages and also for our Wounded Warrior Project. If you would like to donate funds towards these vitally important projects please remit your check to ACBSM, PO Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006. Please contact us directly if you are interested in hosting a collection day with our Chapter at your place of business - or - if you would like to donate new, unused, unopened items that can be sent to the Troops. We do not accept alcohol, or any literature other then paperback books or magazines of general nature we cannot accept or send religious pamphlets, bibles, explicit or parental advisory labeled cd's, paraphenalia as this is not a part of our mission. We also do not accept any type of pornography. Thank you!
Our list is below but you can click here and download one! care pkg list.pdf
Please join us as we collect items for our Troops. Location to drop off your items from our list is 37154 Second St., Fremont (Niles District) at the Veterans Memorial Hall on the First or Third Wednesday of each month.
NOTE: ALL ITEMS MUST BE IN MANUFACTURER'S ORIGINAL PACKAGING, NO HOME-MADE SNACKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO ALCOHOL, NO AEROSOL CANS, NO PERISHABLE ITEMS. WE DO NEED VARIOUS SIZE BAGGIES TO PUT ITEMS IN LIKE THE JUICES AND WATER. THANK YOU
POWDERED DRINK MIX (SINGLES IF AT ALL POSSIBLE)
TOILETRIES-TRAVEL SIZE IS BEST BUT WE WILL ACCEPT ALL SIZES OF COURSE!
FUN TIME GAMES/RELAXING ITEMS
OTHER ITEMS THEY CAN USE-NEW ONLY UNUSED
ITEMS FOR MILITARY CANINES (new items only will be accepted in original packaging)
As we are a non-profit (501[c]3) service organization we are always appreciative of your donation in any amount. Or, you can also volunteer as an Associate member with the Alameda County Blue Star Moms, we would love to have you! Donations may be sent to: ACBSM, P.O. Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006. Did you notice our new Donate button on the Home Page? All donations are tax deductible! And we have more great news-Fremont Bank has partnered with ACBSM and other non-profit organizations through their b-charitable program. Check it out by scrolling down this page for more information.
A Mother or Stepmother (since child was of the age of 13) who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines.
Blue Star Dads is in the process or reorganization. Dads we need you!! Until Dads are reorganized they should apply as an associate member. We do have Blue Star Dad Pins.
A Father or Step Father (before the child was of the age of 13) who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines.
A spouse, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend of someone who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines.
Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, it also promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is authorized by the U.S. Code: Title 36; Section 943, as of January 26, 1998.
To join or to volunteer with our organization please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through paypal (in process) or you can send your donation to P.O. Box (box # is currently in process to be updated)
Other organizations that you may be interested in assisting with:http://www.operationshoebox.com/ http://www.operationac.com/ www.bluestarmoms.org/airfare.html http://www.patriotguard.org/ http://www.carrytheflame.org/ http://taps.org/ Quilts of Valor http://www.theawwc.org/
Alameda County Blue Star Moms is currently accepting items for Care Packages for the Deployed; Wounded Warrior Project and more! Please contact us if you would like to have a list of needed items emailed to you. Note: ALL items for the Wounded Warriors must be new, no used items will be accepted.
We recycle ink cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, inkjet cartridges, iPods, laptops, video games & consoles and digital cameras! Please send to us at: ACBSM, PO Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006 OR follow this link to print your free shipping labels; enroll as a recycler; and for a complete list of items that are accepted for recycling. Visit http://www.recycleforsoldiers.com/
Please designate Alameda County Blue Star Moms as the recipient of the funds from the recycling.
Monetary donations should be mailed to ACBSM, PO Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006. Please be sure your name and address are made available on a SASE so that we may send you a receipt once the donation is received. Thank you for your support!
Alameda County Blue Star Moms collects items for Care Packages, Wounded Warrior Project Packages, and for our local VA Hospitals. Items that will help remind our Warriors that we think of them often, appreciate their service to our Country and try to ease their journey once they have completed their mission. You can send items or donations to us at: ACBSM, P.O. Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536-0006 and we will ensure that they reach our Soldiers. Letters and cards can also be sent to the above address.
Looking for other ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom? The Pentagon is asking people to help through financial contributions, letter-writing and e-mail, purchasing authorized pre-made care packages, or volunteering time through non-profits.
Below are links to programs that offer aid to our military -- everything from care packages to emergency services to military family support. Show your pride in our armed forces today, either by purchasing a gift or card for a servicemember, or donating to programs that support our military.
Important Note: Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages and letters, addressed to "Any Wounded Soldier" that Walter Reed will not be accepting these packages in support of the decision by the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in 2001. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of patients and staff at medical centers throughout the Department of Defense.
In addition, the U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting "Any Service Member" or "Any Wounded Service Member" letters or packages. Mail to "Any Service Member" that is deposited into a collection box will not be delivered. Instead of sending an "Any Wounded Soldier" letter or package to Walter Reed, please consider making a donation to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our troops and their families listed on the America Supports You website.
The following charitable organizations help send gifts, cards, and care packages to our troops:
EaglesUp!-Support programs and activities for Active Duty, Veteran, Wounded and Fallen through fundraising efforts. Visit http://www.eaglesup.us/ Please let us know if you donate to their cause as we will benefit as well for our Troop/Veteran/Family projects through your donation.
Army and Air Force Exchange Services - Purchase gift certificates for active and hospitalized servicemembers.
Books for Soldiers - Donate books, movies, and more.
Cell Phones for Soldiers - Donate your old cell phones, which pay for calling cards for our troops.
Commissary Gift Certificates - Give the gift of groceries -- buy or donate gift certificates.
GI-Bracelet.org - Buy a bracelet to support the troops, and contribute to a fund of your choice.
A Million Thanks - Collects emails and letters of appreciation for our armed forces.
Operation Air Conditioner - Help pay for air conditioners and heaters for the troops.
Operation Troop Aid - Provide care packages for our deployed U.S. Servicemembers.
Operation Uplink - Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families.
Help with Mailing Packages
Instructions on Sending Mail to Servicemembers - Straight from the U.S. Postal Service, instructions and recommendations on sending individual mail to servicemembers.
The following charitable organizations offer programs that provide comfort and support to our wounded veterans and their families:
American Red Cross Armed Forces - Offers medical services to active duty, veterans, reservists and families nationwide.
Angels of Mercy / No Soldier Left in Need - Donate clothes to wounded soldiers returning stateside, or donate to long-term rehabilitation programs
Armed Services Blood Program - Donate blood that will be sent to areas of need around the world.
Blinded Veterans Association - Volunteer and scholarship organization provides care and support for blind veterans and their families.
CAUSE: Comfort for America's Uniformed Services Elite - Provides comfort items for troops recuperating in military hospitals and rehabilitation centers from wounds and injuries.
Fisher House - Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals.
VA Voluntary Service - Volunteer to help care for wounded veterans.
The Walter Reed Society - Walter Reed Society helps provide for the needs of many returning injured servicemembers and their families.
USO - Donations to the USO pay for hospital support for recuperating soldiers, USO entertainment tours and other important services.
These organizations provide transitions services, scholarships and vocational programs to help servicemembers and their families re-integrate in to the civilian life with the following programs.
The Freedom Alliance - Organizes donations and contributions for our servicemembers, and also awards scholarships.
Operation One Family - Helps provide life skills, education and continuing support for the families of our fallen military heroes.
Operation Purple - National Military Family Association (NMFA) volunteer program provides educational camps for military children.
Sacred Heart Lodge - Provides a cost free hassle free vacation to those Soldier's who are returning from War to reconnect to their Families.
Soldiers' Angels - Support group aids wounded Soldiers with transitional backpacks, personal visits, and phone calls, etc., and also sends thanks via letters and email to the U.S. military and its allies.
The following organizations provide a wide range of services and support for our troops and wounded veterans including counseling, financial support, housing, emergency services and more:
Air Force Aid Society - Official support and relief organization for Air Force servicemembers, veterans, and families.
American Legion - Organizes blood donation, volunteer networks, purchase flags of support, and more.
The Armed Forces Foundation - Provides support and education help to our troops.
Armed Forces Relief Trust - Combination of the major military relief societies takes donations to help servicemembers.
Armed Services YMCA - Provides educational, recreational, social and religious support to the military.
Army Emergency Relief - Official support and relief organization for Army servicemembers, veterans, and families.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance - Major support and relief organization for Coast Guard servicemembers, veterans, and families.
Enduring Freedom K.I.A. Fund - Gives financial aid to families of servicemembers killed in action.
Fallen Patriot Fund - Accepts donations to send to families of those who fell in combat.
Freedom Calls Foundation - Contribute to videoconferencing facilities that put servicemembers in touch with their families.
Freedom Fund - Send letters of thanks to the troops, or donate to funds that support deploying servicemembers.
Global War on Terrorism Veterans In Need - Provides support programs for returning disabled servicemembers.
The Home Front Cares - Provides support for the Pikes Peak Region's military families of all services by distributing funds, goods and services to needy families.
Homes for Our Troops - Assists injured veterans and their families by building new or adapting existing homes for handicapped accessibility.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund - Fund provides unrestricted grants to the families of military personnel who have given their lives in the current operations in defense of our country.
Military Pets Foster Project - Nationwide network of foster homes cares for the pets of deployed personnel.
Navy/Marine Relief Society - Official support and relief organization for Navy servicemembers, veterans, and families.
Operation Child Care - Provides child care services for the families of Reserve and National Guard members.
Operation Hero Miles - Donate your unused frequent flyer files to servicemembers.
Sacred Heart Lodge - Provides a cost free hassle free vacation to those Soldier's who are returning from War to reconnect to their Families.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation - Provides college scholarship grants, financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel killed in an operational mission or training accident.
The Survivors of Servicemembers SOS Fund - Provides funds to families who have lost a loved one in Iraq.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Provides services and support for survivors of late servicemembers.
Unmet Needs - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) program donates money to help with military families' financial necessities.
Veterans and Families - Sacramento, California-based organization is building support services for returning veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars - Features a full range of veteran services and advocacy programs.
Wounded Warriors Fund - Donates everything from phone cards to TVs to wounded soldiers.
Yellow Ribbon America - Show your support with a yellow ribbon.