June 26, 2020
Email Received from Michael Farlow, APG’s SOS Coordinator announcing our new President…
I am sharing with you the link to the article announcing the new President of the MD Gold Star Mothers. We look forward to working with Kelly and the team. A huge shout out to Janice for her 6 consecutive years as President and a job well done. Thank you also for the positive comments about the APG SOS program. I hope that you all have a great weekend and as always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator
2503 Advanced Tactics Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
Nurse’s Appreciation Week
VA Medical Health Care Center
May 29, 2020
On May 8, 2020 Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter demonstrated their appreciation and gratitude to the VA Medical Center nursing staff in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care units during National Nurses Appreciation week by treating them to a Mission BBQ box lunch. The MD Chapter members are committed to serving and supporting our heroes and the staff that continually deliver exceptional care to the veterans (our heroes). On May 29th, the MD Chapter also treated the nursing staff on the other units 3A/3B, 5B and 6A to a Mission BBQ box lunch. The lunches were once again delivered by Mission BBQ in their Deuce and a Half Mission Mobile “BAM BAM”.
Special thanks to the Voluntary Service Staff of the Baltimore VA Medical Center that assisted with the coordination of the lunch delivery. We would also like to thank Nicole Manning of Mission BBQ Catering located at the Towson, Maryland location for their help in preparing the food and delivering a total of 86 box lunches! It was reported that the staff were elated and expressed their appreciation. Seeing pictures of the nursing staff holding signs with a variety of THANK YOU Messages brought to life the adage, “ A picture is worth a thousand words.”
The Maryland Chapter’s mission will continue to support and appreciate the nursing staff throughout the year. Our mission extends beyond serving and supporting our Nation’s Heroes, including those who provide care to them and in supporting our communities.
Maryland Chapter Moms Rosemarie Ceo and Janice Chance were joined by members of the Marine Corps League Baltimore Detachment: Earl Ruff, Marian James and Ray Vaughn during their third visit to hospitalized veterans at the VA Loch Raven Medical Center. During the visit the moms distributed toiletry gift bags that were imprinted with the American Gold Star Mothers Logo and a “Thank you for your service” message. They also received a large bottle of Dove body wash. The Marine Corp league members distributed 17 afghans that were made by Marian to veterans that had not received an afghan during their past visit, however; all of the veterans received a handwritten Happy Valentines Day note card and a $5.00 canteen coupon book that can be used to purchase food and/or other items at the VA center. The Moms and the Marine Corps members rendered a hand salute as a team to every veteran during the visit that resulted in a smile and they responded by also rendering a hand salute. A few of the Heroes shared pleasant memories about their military service and several family members were present who expressed their appreciation. One family member was so appreciative of the group’s visit that she requested permission to take a picture of the Moms and the Marines. The healthcare staff and other employees were also thanked for the service that they provide to our Heroes. Many of the veterans and staff shared that the visit was extra special because it was Valentines Day. The Moms and Marines are looking forward to visiting and supporting our heroes again as a team whenever possible. It was another memorable visit for the Moms and Marines.
Salute to Veterans Preparation of Toiletry Gift Bags
American Legion Post #60
February 1, 2020
Maryland Gold Star Mothers Mary Jane Walton, Synthia Carter, Deirdre McMahon, Gloria Crothers, Gina Barnhurst, Theresa Karlson and Janice Chance worked together to prepare 280 toiletry gift bags that will be distributed to our Heroes at all three of the Maryland VA Medical Centers for National Salute to Veterans Week. The Moms packed goodies such as small stuffed Valentine bears, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm and deodorant into the bags. The heroes will also be receiving a bottle of Dove Body wash along with their gift bag. The body wash was ordered and delivered to each VA Medical Center ahead of time to eliminate the need to transport the heavy boxes. Many thanks to Commander Lee Luby for allowing the MD Chapter Moms to once again to use their hall to prepare these special packages for our Heroes. The Moms are looking forward to visiting and saluting our local Veterans at Baltimore, Loch Raven and Perry Point VA medical centers during the week, February 9-14th.