2020 News & Events

June 26, 2020
Email Received from Michael Farlow, APG’s SOS Coordinator announcing our new President…

Good Morning,

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. 



Mike Farlow
Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator
2503 Advanced Tactics Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005

Nurse’s Appreciation Week
VA Medical Health Care Center
Baltimore, Maryland
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.


American Legion Post 276
11th Annual Maryland Marathon Bluegrass Jam
Fisher House Foundation Fundraiser
Severn, Maryland
February 22, 2020
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
Baltimore, Maryland
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.