Blue Star Moms

Local military mothers start Warren chapter of nationwide group

Times Observer photo by Katie Miktuk. Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PA203 stand in front of a Blue Star Memorial located in General Joseph Warren Park.

Local military mothers have banded together to start a Blue Star Mothers chapter here in Warren.

The Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PA203 not only offers support for Warren, but they are the only chapter that covers the territory south of the New York State border all the way down to Pittsburgh.

The chapter started with five attendees at its first meeting. Fast-forward to five meetings held as of mid-March, and they have gained 20 members and five associate members in total.

“Our statement, our mission, is we are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, and female legal guardians who have children actively serving in the military or we have veteran children,” chapter President Skyla Govier said.

“We are really excited for this,” Govier continued, “we seem to be filling a need that we didn’t realize was needed here in this town. As soon as you walk into the door and we all start talking, we have a bond that a lot of mothers don’t have and you can see that bond instantly. We have become like a sisterhood that our children kind of chose for us.”

The Blue Star Mothers specialize in care packages that are sent to troops who are deployed over Christmas. However, the Kinzua chapter is already working with other local programs in support of active military, future military members, and veterans.

They are involved with a VA Clinic Program as well as a PTSD Program. They also plan to honor all graduating seniors who will be going into the military with a special chord that represents their future service.

The chapter plans to work with local nursing homes to assist them with anything they might need. They have also begun a Blue to Gold Star Program; the gold star representing a fallen hero killed during war time.

The Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PA203 already have fundraising and donation events planned as well.

The closest event coming up is this Sunday, April 28. Their donation breakfast will be held at the American Legion from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Next up is their Scoops for Troops event on Tuesday, May 14. The ice cream event will be held at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, July 6, the Blue Star Mothers chapter will be hosting a Freedom 5k. The start and finish point being the North Warren Presbyterian Church with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration, which includes a t-shirt for the first 250 registrants is $25, and runs through June 21. Late registration, June 22 through July 1, is $30.

Military members and veterans can receive a $10 discount by emailing Vice President Tara Tichenor at 1vp.pa203@bluestarmothers.us. Those wishing to register can go to https://secure.getmeregistered.com and typing the number 132239 into the search box in the top right corner.

The chapter will also be hosting a Rally in the Valley in August and a Truckload for Troops sometime in September.

“We want to really open up to the veterans and really serve them and also the militaries that are deployed,” said Govier. “We’re all very proud of what each and every one of them is doing and so we just really want to help as much as we can in the community for that.”

Fundraisers now are mainly aimed toward raising money to pay for the postage needed to send the packages to deployed troops at Christmas time. The Blue Star Mothers rely on the community to donate the items that are included in the packages. Donation location and a list of items needed will be posted to their public Facebook, Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PA203.

“We’re really excited to get going and we really want to bring awareness to all of this. Everything is near and dear to us when it comes to helping our military,” expressed Govier.

Those wishing to join the Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PA203 chapter, annual dues are $30 for members, associate members do not pay anything.

The Blue Star Mothers are a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Those wishing to make donations can send them to Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua PO Box 324 Warren.

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