Gold Star Mothers and family members were invited by Amy Kriner, Leidos Volunteer coordinator and Mr. Neil Hamrick, Chairman of the Annual Fundraiser Marathon Bluegrass Jam to volunteer once again at this musical event. Maryland Gold Star Mother Janice Chance, and Gold Star family members Peatoria Purdue and LT Meshondra T. Collins U.S Navy, Perioperative Nurse Corps Officer represented the MD Chapter. They partnered with Team Leidos employees, and many other volunteers. Mrs. Amy Kriner served as the team leader. The Maryland Marathon Jam committee invites local bands to participate in 12 hours of non-stop bluegrass music. Since 2009, the recipient of this annual fundraiser has been the Fisher House Foundation, which is best known for building comfort homes where military and veteran’s families can stay free of charge, while a loved is in the hospital receiving medical treatment. This charity was chosen because of their excellent rating and for the services and support that they provide to our heroes and their families. Janice, Peatoria and Meshondra assisted with selling raffle tickets for musical instruments and working the money gift prize wheel table. It was a wonderful time of service, fellowship, good food, and great music. Meshondra was delighted to meet a fellow Navy veteran who spent time talking and taking pictures with her. It was a joy to see the smiles on the faces and hear the laughter of the attendees, especially the children when they won a toy during the money wheel game. In addition to serving as volunteers, the MD Chapter also donated $500 to the Fisher House Fundraiser. Janice, Peatoria and Meshondra considered it a blessing to be able to participate in the event that provided them with another opportunity to meet and thank many veterans, their family’s and other patriots. They also received thanks and many hugs for their volunteer service. This was another wonderful event for Gold Star Moms and their families to continue to “HONOR THROUGH SERVICE”.
National Salute to Veterans Week Third Visit
VA Loch Raven Medical Center
February 14, 2020
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.
National Salute to Veterans Week Second Visit
VA Perry Point Medical Center
Perry Point, Maryland
February 11, 2020
Gold Star Moms Gloria Crothers, Synthia Carter and Janice Chance visited heroes on February 11th at the Perry Point VA Medical Center. Although it was raining, it did not stop the Moms who were determined to bring joy and sunshine to the hospitalized veterans. During their visit, they distributed gifts, expressed thanks and rendered the traditional “Moms Hand Salute” that resulted in the heroes smiling and they responded with expressing their thanks and also rendered a hand salute. They received a customized gift bag with the American Gold Star Mothers logo and a thank you message filled with toiletry items. They also received a large bottle of Dove body wash and a Valentine’s Day greeting card that was made by children at local schools. The staff also expressed their appreciation. It was another rewarding experience for the moms who enjoy serving and supporting our heroes and their families.
Salute to Veterans Preparation of Toiletry Gift Bags American Legion Post #60 Laurel, Maryland 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.