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The national organization of Blue Star Mothers of America is a nonprofit organization that’s been supporting our active duty military and veterans since World War II. The local group — Miami Valley Chapter No. 3 — is one of the largest in the United States. Members include both mothers of active-duty military or honorably and medically discharged veterans as well as many friends and associates who support the organization’s mission including schools, churches, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Veterans’ organizations and local community and business members.
The sixth grade class at St. Helen did a project based on the parable of the talents from Matthew. The teachers gave each of their students $1 from their own pockets. The students had two weeks to decide what they were going to do with the $1. They voted on a charity: The Blue Star Mothers of America Miami Valley Chapter #3. After the two weeks were up they were required to write a three paragraph report on what they chose to do with their dollar, why they chose what they did with their dollar and how they felt about the experience. 46 students in the two classes participated. There were a few who gave their dollar back but in the span of the two weeks the majority of the students raised $916.50.
Blue Star Mothers Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (April 2017)
Miami Valley OH #3 members setting up Pants 4 Patriots, a successful event inspired by our Parkas 4 Patriots program. Parkas 4 Patriots was partially funded by a generous Greenlight Grant from the The Dayton Foundation.
Blue Star Mothers, Miami Valley Chapter #3 is thankful to The Dayton Foundation for awarding to our organization a Greenlight Grant in the amount $2500, supported through The Lucia Lee & J. Ramsey McGregor Fund and the Scott A. Albright Charitable Fund. Additional funding was provided by William & Sally Lincoln. The Dayton Foundation’s Greenlight Grant provided major funding for the purpose of upgrading our website from an outdated platform to one based upon WordPress, along with content development and added security features including secure socket layer, allowing our website to offer online donations with secure payment protocols which will comply with new regulations. Blue Star Mothers, Miami Valley Chapter #3 is currently in the process of implementing these improvements and looks forward to fully unveiling them in the very near future. We are especially excited about being able to use these new features for registrations and online payments for our upcoming major fundraiser, Blue Star Mothers- Miami Valley Chapter OH#3’s annual Golf Tournament on June 17, 2017 at Beavercreek Golf Club. The Dayton Foundation’s generous support allows our organization to continue outreach to our local community and throughout the internet via modern methods. Our website is https://bluestarmothersdayton.com/ and our site is available, view-able and use-able while we are implementing our upgrades. Check our progress as time goes by.
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 320,000 grants totaling nearly $850 million to nonprofits over its 96-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at www.daytonfoundation.org.
We want to thank Mack’s Tavern, MacKenzie Manley, her wonderful staff, and Iron Hogz for the awesome success of their fundraiser and raffle event which they held to benefit Blue Star Mothers Miami Valley Chapter #3. We met lots of people and made great community connections. The BSM members who attended were impressed with the number and array of raffle items and baskets. Of course, the motorcycle raffled off was just fabulous. We are grateful to Iron Hogz for donating the motorcycle. Mack’s Tavern and Iron Hogz-Great Patriots All! Mack’s Tavern and Iron Hogz raised over $5,000.00 for our chapter. All of this money will go toward the support of our missions for the military and veterans. Remember these great establishments and give them your business.
KROGER SHOPPERS! You can support our mission by choosing our chapter as your Kroger Community Rewards recipient. Sign up at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow and use our code number NPO #81506 as the designated recipient of your rewards. There is no fee and you just shop as normal. Kroger will donate a percentage of your shopping totals spent to our chapter. It’s that easy.
Preparations are finished for our annual stocking stuffing event on November 19, 2016 from 11 am until 2 pm. There is no better way to kick off the holiday season. Hundreds of deployed heroes will enjoy these stockings filled with good things, especially our love and support. Remember our military sons and daughters in your Thanksgiving thoughts and prayers.
Thank you Meredith for your article. Many people who showed up at the troop center with donations mentioned reading your article.