Braving The Cold To Support Our Troops

Thursday, November 22nd 2007, 12:51 pm
By: News On 6

The violence in Baghdad, Iraq is just another reminder that some families are separated by war this Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. Tulsa's Blue Star Mothers spent most of Thursday raising money to send troops overseas a little holiday cheer. News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims reports these Blue Star Moms sent more than 1,800 Freedom Boxes to our troops abroad last year.

The Blue Star Moms say they need eastern Oklahoma’s help to do the same this year. The Blue Star Moms are at it again, asking for the public’s support for those who support America.

"Sometimes, we feel like some of us know we're at war and the rest of America is at the mall, ya'know. How quick we forget why we're there. And where we are," said Blue Star mom Chris Pugh.

Chris Pugh's soldier son has been in Baghdad for eleven months. However, Thursday, her heart is a little lighter. She has just heard her son's voice for the first time in two and a half weeks.

“It's wonderful. It's exactly what I was waiting for. I've been watching the clock all day going ok, its 7 o’clock in Baghdad. It's eight o’clock, now it's nine. And then I finally got the call, so life is good," said Chris Pugh.

More fuel to drive Chris Pugh’s mission to help Tulsa's Blue Star Moms raise money to send the troops a little holiday cheer. They say every donation counts.

A van parted at 61st and Sheridan is a huge example of the power of giving. The van and the banners that turned it into a mobile billboard were all donated to the Blue Star Moms.

"It's heartening for us. Sometimes it seems like we're running up against a brick wall. Not making any progress. And struggling to get donations and get the word out about what we do to the public. And then we get something like this and it's like oh, yes!” said Blue Star Mom Lynne Mushenski.

And the gifts just kept on coming. One was hand delivered to Chris Pugh on Thursday. It was a check to Tulsa's Blue Star Moms for $1,000, from the American Airlines Charity Golf Tournament.

"All of the guys on the committee, seven of eight of us, we're all former service members. And we knew what it would mean. So, we decided we'd just chip in," said Burte Banks with American Airlines.

The check warmed a mother's heart and it will pay for a lot of Freedom Boxes.

The Blue Star Mothers are also collecting cash to pay for postage, plus all of those goodies for the Freedom Boxes.

Here is a list of items needed for the Freedom Boxes...

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen (Lotions and creams only)

  • Eyewash

  • Socks – white, gray or black

  • Candy – Gun and mints (single wrapped sizes)

  • Snack foods

  • Drink mixes – Gatorade, Kool-aid (dry powder only)

  • Tea bags

  • Chapstick

  • Tooth brushes and mouthwash

  • Paper dusk mask

  • Foot powder

  • Batteries (AA and AAA)

  • Toilet paper

  • Roll on or stick Deodorant (no spray cans)

  • Watch the video: Sending Troops Some Holiday Cheer