During the month of December, students and staff at the Wayne Technical and Career Center (WTCC) participated in a food drive and donated over 1,800 items to the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., New York, Chapter #1. The food drive was coordinated by Karen Dell, Criminal Justice Instructor and Tracy Kaper, Criminal Justice Teaching Assistant.
The New York Chapter #1 operates on the grounds of the Canandaigua Veterans Hospital in a farm house that is leased for the Veterans Administration. New York Chapter #1 provides a variety of services to veterans, military families and active duty soldiers home on leave including: clothing and food items, toiletries, books and movie loans, and referrals to other agencies that can assist them.
According to Joyce Mader, President of New York Chapter #1, “The house provides an atmosphere where groups can share a conversation, snack and a cup of coffee. All of us mothers have children serving, .sometimes more than one. Having a child deployed to a war zone is a very stressful experience. We look upon ourselves as a family, there for each other through good times and bad.”
This year, through a charity called “Tis the Season Campaign”, the New York Chapter #1 was able to purchase gifts for over 300 military children. The chapter also provided small gifts to veterans living in group homes in Rochester. The chapter also raised money to send Christmas trees and greeting cards from school children and others in the community to deployed soldiers. The chapter has collected and sent schools supplies to children in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the “Moms for Education Project”. In addition, in both the summer and winter, the chapter packages food items that are airlifted to our active soldiers on duty.
If you have a family member on active duty and would like a care box for them please contact Joyce Mader, President, at 585-301-2662 or Bobbie Metcalfe, Financial/Membership Secretary at 585-200-0121. To learn more about the New York Chapter #1, visit www.bluestarmothers.org