The holiday season can be tough on US service members overseas and for their families back home.
But, the Blue Star Mothers are trying make it a bit easier for their kids on active duty.
This weekend, the group of more than 100 women packed what they call “freedom boxes” that will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan just in time for the holidays.
“They know that they've got support from home and it brings them some comfort,” explained Blue Star Mom Joanne Brunner. “As long as there are guys over there, us mothers will be here for them, they're all our children.”
Another mom, Susan Lake Ayala says her son just got back from Africa. She showed us his coins from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“I carry these with me all the time, I am very proud of him,” Ayala said.
The boxes are packed with personal hygiene items, clean socks, a camera, paper, and some food and candy for a little taste of home.
“They’re not going to get to spend the holidays with their families, open gifts with children or hug wives or hug moms and dads,” Ayala said.
Thanks to some local kids who joined the effort – the soldiers will get some cards that are sure to make them smile.
And while the moms pack the boxes full to the brim, they say they’ll be shipped along with a message form everyone back here in the United States.
“It’s sent with love from the moms and the community back home, just come home to us safely,” Brunner said.
The Blue Star mothers hope to fill about 700 boxes by the end of the weekend.
They'll be sending packages throughout the holiday season and always accepting donations.
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