A not-for-profit service and support organization for the military, their families and veterans held an opening ceremony on Sept. 8 for Operation Care Package. St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers is once again holding events in Starke County in an effort to garner support for Operation Care Package, an event that Bold said involves packing care packages to be sent overseas to deployed troops. Last year, Boldt said the organization sent 1300 care packages to soldiers, and they’re looking to do it all over again this year.
On Sept. 13, the organization will hold a chicken and noodle dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the VFW, and will accept dropped-off donations for military care packages from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knox VFW. A blood drive will also be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The South Bend Medical Foundation will donate $5 to the Blue Star Mothers chapter for each person that is successfully able to donate blood.
If you would like to make an appointment for the blood drive, go online to www.GiveBloodNow.com and enter the sponsor code, “BlueStar.” You can also contact Sandra Boldt at (574) 315-5484 to schedule.
All of the funds collected will help to purchase additional items for the care packages and help to cover the thousands of dollars it takes to pay for the postage to send the care packages overseas.