Putting care into packages for soldiers: Blue Star Moms chapter overflowing with goodies: "Putting care into packages for soldiers: Blue Star Moms chapter overflowing with goodies
Friday, January 25, 2008; Posted: 02:25 AM
It was cramped quarters that was unexpected, Jan 24, 2008 (Appeal-Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- -- and nobody minded.
Bagging up donated nonperishable food and hygiene items, cramming as much as possible into flat-rate boxes from the U.S. Postal Service and sending them to troops serving overseas has become a regular ritual for Tri-Counties Blue Star Moms since the chapter formed last year.
But for the latest round of boxing and shipping Wednesday night, things were a little crowded, not only due to the extra packing help by students from two local high schools, but the dozens of boxes of supplies the students collected and brought in.
"To be honest, I expected three or four cases of stuff. ... I was overwhelmed," said Lori Danby, president of the Blue Star Moms, whose son is a Marine currently between tours to Iraq.
Combine the amount of items with a couple tables for sorting, and there wasn't much room for people to move around in the section of garage in Danby's Yuba City home. "