Many of you know I am a Blue Star Mom. If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it means I have a child serving (or has served) in the military. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization where local chapters meet to support each other, support our troops, their families and veterans.
I would say we’re most known for sending care packages. However, there’s a side many people don’t see. Blue Star Moms also address immediate issues that arise.
I had the honor of helping a military family, along with other Blue Star Moms and our community. This family had a tragedy involving their young child. We started a fundraiser in order to help raise airfare for the family.
I sent out a bunch of emails and shared Facebook posts and answered texts and kept in contact with our Blue Star board members. Last night, I received a call. A non-profit stepped up to donate the airfare money. I was on the verge of tears. We were going to be able to remove one stressor from this family who lost so much.
I was humbled today when I was presented with the check, was able to personally thank the man and his son for their donation and make another community contact.
Something as simple as airfare reminds me what I have to be thankful for. That by volunteering some of my free time, I can make a difference. Together with other Blue Star Moms, and our community, we are making a big difference. We all have the ability to help someone: lend an ear, give a hug, offer a smile, pay for someone’s coffee, volunteer, collect canned goods, etc.
In 2016, whatever is within your capabilities, I urge you to make a difference on some level.