Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Covering the home front

Blue Star Mothers come together to send supplies to the troops
By RALPH HEIBUTZKI - H-P Correspondent
Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:08 PM EST
ST. JOSEPH - Every detail takes on huge significance in a military household, especially when it comes to keeping in touch with loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan.Bridgman residents Tonda and Al Smith know the feeling well. For 3 1⁄2 years, they’ve faithfully sent packages to their 23-year-old son, Dustin, who’s serving in the U.S. Army in Baghdad.

“I had a soldier call me and ask for homemade Rice Krispie treats because that was my specialty. I would flavor them with lemon, or banana, and the guys loved them. It was something different,” she said.

On Saturday, the Smiths joined other families for a major box-packing effort at Michigan Lutheran High School, organized by the Blue Star Mothers of America’s Charles Baldwin Chapter 177.

Saturday’s event also provided a bittersweet reminder of the unpredictable rhythms of military life."

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