Long Island Blue Star Mothers Seeking Donations For Soldiers Overseas

Sophia Hall
November 22, 2019 - 5:32 pm
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HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Long Island Blue Star Mothers is seeking donations for its annual holiday drive to benefit soldiers overseas.

Carol Ruane, who has a son in the Marines, wiped tears from her eyes while standing next to the generous amount of donated items in Huntington, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

“Anything protein. They can send protein bars, they can buy socks they can buy toothpaste, they have little bottles of shampoo or conditioners that they get from hotels, we'll take them. Chapstick, they need Chapstick and sunscreen,” she said.

Four times a year, the organization collects items and sends a total of 800 packaged to soldiers overseas. Around the holidays, they collect everything from disposable razors to fruit snacks and bubble gum to puzzle books.

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Town of Babylon Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, who is a veteran and has a daughter currently stationed in Germany, says the packages mean so much.

“I was on the other end of these care packages and they keep you going. I can't explain to you. I can't put in words what it means,” she said.

“As the holiday season approaches, we should all be reminded of the great sacrifice that the men and women of our armed services make every day," said Legislator Tom Donnelly. “I am proud to support this wonderful cause, and I encourage all those who can to come down to my office and donate.”

All donated items can be dropped off at Donnelly's district office at 130 West Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final day for collection in Nov. 26.