Sorting items for East Bay Stand Down 2014 that was held in Pleasanton, CA. Over $2,300 was given for our veterans to help them feel appreciated. Here you see fleece blankets, some of the clothing items such as socks, t-shirts and more.
We were blessed with donations that filled this vehicle from the front seat to the back door! Toothpaste, food, hats, towels, blankets, and more!
Lodestar Guides are excited to continue this program to raise funds and accept donations towards helping our veterans by collecting sweat pants, sweat shirts, undergarments, socks, flip flops, knit caps, sneakers, for our male and female veterans. This is a year-long, ongoing project. If your company would like to host a collection barrel please let us know.
This is just one of the programs that we have been able to assist as Blue Star Families for over 6 years (previously as Alameda County Blue Star Moms and now as Lodestar). We also collect items for our local military families and referred community members (i.e., seniors, local women's shelters) who are in need; but we need YOUR help too.
Without our local community members such as yourself, we would not be able to assist those in need. While there are numerous organizations vying for your hard earned dollar, we are asking for one can of food, one new blanket, one package of socks to help those who have served in our US Military, who have protected our freedoms and our way of life and their families who have struggled to make ends meet while their loved ones were deployed and serving.
ONLY NEW ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED.
Please ensure that donations of canned food items and other food items are not past their expiration date. If items are expired, please do not donate them to us, we will be unable to accept them.
Our veterans and military families have been through so much, they deserve to have the best.
Many items listed below are available at local Dollar Tree stores. Just $10 will feed a veteran for several days!
Items we are looking for:
Food items for the pantry:
Bread Soup Canned Beans Dry beans Rice Peanut Butter
Sugar Free cookies
Regular Cookies Juice Bottled Water Powdered Milk Canned Meats
All types of Non-perishable food items
Spices Cooking Oil Crackers Peanut Butter Jelly Coffee Spaghetti Sauce
Pasta (all types) Vegetables
Personal Care Items:
Soap (bar & liquid) Toothbrushes Toothpaste Denture cleaner
Alcohol free Mouthwash
Dental Floss Toilet Paper Deoderant Shampoo Conditioner
Body Wash Hair Brushes Combs
Clothing NEW AND UNUSED ONLY ACCEPTED:
Sweatshirts-all sizes and colors Footwear (boots/sneakers/slippers)
Socks (cotton and wool/any color)
Sweatpants-all sizes & colors Underwear both boxers and briefs in all sizes
Knit caps/baseball caps
Ladies undergarments in all colors & sizes Pants for men & women
Blouses all sizes and styles T-shirts all sizes Polo Shirts all sizes
Blankets (any size) Bedding essentials all types DVDs Boxes of matches Mattress covers (plastic)
Diapers in all sizes for children and adults Baby formula
List will be updated as needs progress. This program applies to all veterans, regardless of when they have served.
If your organization/company would like to host a donation barrel please email firstname.lastname@example.org