Blue Star moms seeking donations, volunteers


EATON — Blue Star Mothers of America will hold a ‘packing party” for this year’s Holiday Hugs program, while manning the drop off zone at Eaton Church of the Brethren’s Barron Street location, Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11:30-1:30 p.m.

The group is in need of donation and volunteers to help prepare these special holiday care packages for troops stationed away from home this Christmas season.

Types of donations needed for the packages include:

Just add water:

Individual serving sizes hot chocolate, spiced cider, tea bags, instant coffee packets, powdered drink mixes.

Instant hot cereals: oatmeal, cream of wheat, cup of noodles/ramen noodles


Individual wrapped packages crackers, mints, gum, candy, trail mix, corn nuts, sunflower seeds, microwave popcorn, granola bars, toaster pastries, fruit snacks, fruit rollups, dried fruit


individual single serve sizes tuna or chicken-foil pouches/pull-top cans, beef jerky or sticks nuts (all kinds), protein bars, energy bars, etc. peanut butter in to go packs

Personal items, travel size only:

Powder, medicated foot and/or baby powder, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, lip balm/SPF sunscreen, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, eye drops, shower gel, shampoo, deoodarant, lotion, disposable razors, hand and foot warmers, batteries(preferably aa)

Christmas stocking stuffers:

Silly putty, nerf/tennis balls, yo-yos, playing cards, crossword puzzles, word search and sudoku, paperback books, cds and dvds

This Eaton Church of the Brethren facility is located at 1407 N. Barron St.

All donations are greatly appreciated. The group is a 501(c) (3) IRS designated non profit organization. Monetary donations can be made to Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapter 11, Echo 1, P.O Box 272, Eaton, OH 45320.

Contact Linda Samuels at 937-456-0115 with any questions.

A donation drop-off will also be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Eaton Church of the Brethren (located next to McDonald’s) from 6-8 p.m. Just drive around to the back and members will be happy to unload donations.

‘Packing party’ Dec. 5

Eddie Mowen Jr.

[email protected]

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_ERH.

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