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Sat, Dec. 07

Letter: Blue Star Mothers seek items for troops


As a member of the Blue Star Mothers of America, we become accustomed to requests for specific items from deployed troops. We, the Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers, have received just such a request from one of our own sons.

Recently deployed to Afghanistan, this young soldier's unit is working alongside the Afghan troops, training them to fight terrorists. He recently asked his grandmother to send him thermal underwear. When asked what happened to his, the reply was what has become known to us Blue Star Mothers as "typical" of our troops - "The Afghan troops have none."

You see, the things we rarely read about in the papers or hear about in the news are the charitable, unselfish acts that our young men and women commit everyday. Giving away your underwear, socks, cookies from mom, Ipod, etc, - this is normal in the course of a day for a deployed soldier in a war zone. They share! And they never think twice about it.

What our children see we cannot imagine. What they quickly come to realize is that we are the fortunate ones. We are a united nation, born of war, our freedoms won long ago and enjoyed to this very day. They understand that we are tremendously blessed to be born and live in a free and prosperous country. So, they share. Willingly.Without hesitation.

Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers would like to honor this request, but we need the community to help us. Safeway in Prescott Valley has graciously offered to be a drop-off location for us.

If you can help by donating new packages of thermal underwear, (all adult sizes), Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers will pack and ship these to our troops serving in Afghanistan. We could really use everyone's help to accomplish this mission. Your donations will go far to spread goodwill in a war-torn nation.

We thank each of you for the wonderful support we have received. Every small kindness you offer gives tremendous support to our troops. And those young men and women, our very own children, can continue to do good works around the world.

Rebecca Leatherwood

Yavapai Blue Star Mothers

Prescott Valley

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