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January 16, 2008 > Niles Rotary helps Blue Star Moms

Niles Rotary helps Blue Star Moms

Submitted By Sandi Pantages

In December, the Niles Rotary Club sponsored 100 Holiday Care packages for the Blue Star Moms, as part of their Holiday Hugs 2007 project. Under the leadership of Past Niles Rotary President, Tony Boudames, Niles Rotarians either donated appropriate items or an amount of $38.95 to sponsor each care package.

Tony stepped forward to lead the project at Niles Rotary after hearing Tami Jenkins, a Blue Star Mom from Newark, speak at a Niles Rotary meeting. Tony said "these young servicemen and woman need all the support from home that we can provide; they are endangering their lives for our freedom and this is a way for them to know that we support them." Tony added that Niles Rotarians wanted to make the holiday season the best ever for our deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and worldwide. Rotarians quickly responded, and the 100 packages were purchased, assembled, labeled, and mailed in December.

Blue Star Moms is an East Bay support and service group that has joined together since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to share their pride, devotion, and worries for their sons and daughters currently serving in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The local chapter of Blue Star Moms is an official chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, a group who formed during World War II. They continue to mail "a little bit of home" to their sons and daughters serving around the world.

The care packages from Niles Rotary included candy, DVDs, and other items from the approved list published by Blue Star Moms. Ms. Jenkins, speaking at Niles Rotary, pointed out that many of the service men and women do not receive letters or packages from their homes or families, so the efforts from the overall community are especially appreciated.

For additional information on Blue Star Moms, visit their website at

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