Blue Stars preparing to send Easter packages to the troops

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

The Feather River Blue Star Moms, a support organization that serves active duty troops and veterans in Plumas and Lassen counties, has begun its annual donation drive to send overseas troops Easter care packages.

A list of urgently required items are jerky, socks, trail mix, dried fruit, individual powdered drink mixes and protein bars.

“Hotel toiletry samples cannot be accepted at this time because we have an overabundance. We also have a National Guard unit requesting work gloves; letters of encouragement are always appreciated by the troops!” chapter president Ann Cordero said.

Community members wishing to donate may do so at the permanent drop-off locations at Plumas Bank in Chester, American Valley Hardware in Quincy, and The General Store in Greenville.

Each of these drop-off locations has a full list of suitable items that may be donated throughout the year.

The care packages will be put together at the Chester Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m.

“We also have an ongoing need for food items and monetary donations for the Veterans in Need program. The Blue Star Moms are working with the Plumas County Veterans Service Officer, Jimmy LaPlante, to assist three veterans who are homeless and in dire need of assistance.

“In this and all of our endeavors the Feather River Blue Star Moms would like to thank our communities for the continued support of our active duty military and the veterans that have served our nation,” Cordero added.

FRBSM meetings are held in Chester the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Chester Memorial Hall.

The Chester Memorial Hall is located at the corner of Stone and Gay streets, one block off Main Street, behind Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports.

Quincy meetings are the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge on Harbison.

Families and friends of active duty service members and veterans are highly encouraged to attend meetings.

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