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Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms

7th Annual Folsom Community Service Day

Military Care Packages Project - September 19, 2020 


      COVID couldn't stop us! For the 7th year in a row, Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms has participated in the Folsom Community Service Day, a city wide volunteerism day with over 1000 Folsom residents and friends completing more than 70 community service projects throughout the city of Folsom.

     We prepared for our community service day project, "Care Packages for Military", on Friday, September 18th by gathering all the donations that were received through our Annual Drive Through Donation Drive at the Steve Miklos Aquatic Center, various Girl Scout Troops, and the community's  generosity by dropping off donations at our blue bin at the Hall and sending them through our Amazon Wish List.  A special thank you to the VFW Auxiliary 2922 of Oakdale, the Elke Bently family and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 385 for their very generous monetary donations!  Although this year was a bit different in years  past, we had a fantastic Folsom Community Service Day pack on a beautiful day on the lawn of the Folsom Veterans Hall, everyone 6 feet apart.

       The day of the pack, started at 8 am, with a smaller crowd due to social distancing with 30 volunteers coming to pack 350 care packages (again a smaller number due to COVID)!  In just over 3 hours, we filled, sealed and loaded (350) care packages, (300) of them into carts and sent them to the post office and something a bit different this year, (50) care packages that will be hand delivered to the CA National Guard members deployed on the CA fire lines!.  We have to send a HUGE thank you to the National Charity League Ladies who were instrumental in sorting and setting up for the pack; and City of Folsom Firefighters that dropped by to load the care packages and do most of the heavy lifting!

     Special thanks to the City of Folsom, Christine Brainerd, Folsom Commutations Manager/organizer of the FCSD,  their huge support of our project, including the donation to cover most of the $6,000 postage cost to mail the care packages.  Thank you to all the organizations for their generosity and continued support of our organization. 

         Finally, thank you to the many, many volunteers that made this the 7th successful care packaging event; we couldn't do what we do without you!   Cheers to another successful Folsom Community Service Day!


Have more photos, please email to webmaster@rollinghillsbluestarmoms.org and we will post them!

     

     To make our Packing Parties a success we rely on your donations - monetary and goods. You may drop off any donations of goods at the Folsom Veterans Hall located at 1300 Veterans Way in Folsom, Monday-Saturday from 10 am to Noon  Donations can be left in the blue bin at the front door!  Unfortunately, the Hall is still closed until further notice     You can easily contribute a monetary donation by clicking the DONATE button above.


Do you know a deployed service member's name and address?

We'd love to send them a care package!  

Click on the link to see a video clip from 2015 FCS Day the coverage by KCRA News!

http://m.kcra.com/news/volunteers-assemble-care-packages-to-send-to-soldiers-overseas/33569094

Welcome to our "Sponsor a Box" program", a $50 donation will fill a box full of items and cover the postage.  We are a non-profit tax-exempt charity organization with 501(3)(c) status and will be happy to provide you and or your organization with a tax deductible receipt.

Click on the link to see a video clip from 2019 FCS Day the coverage by KCRA News!

​​https://www.kcra.com/article/folsom-community-comes-together-operation-care-package/29169964

Click on the link to see a video clip from 2018 FCS Day the coverage by KCRA News!

https://www.kcra.com/article/cleanup-in-folsom-community-service-day-draws-hundreds/23243914

NEWS FLASH!

Care Package Donations can now be given through our AmazonSmile Wish List!    Click the link and check it out!

https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/128D00BI7PG2L/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl


List of Items We Send

              FOOD ITEMS ARE NEEDED MOST:                               PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS:                                              OTHER:

       

- Jerky, any type       
- Baby Wipes
- Batteries
- Protein/Energy/Granola Bars
- Hand Sanitizer
- Bug Spray
- Canned Fruit (pop top cans-no plastic)
- Dental Items, Tooth brush, paste, Floss
- Pre Paid Phone Cards
- Canned Meat (pop top cans-no plastic)
- Bar Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner (Travel Size)
- Socks, T-shirts
- Tuna Kits
- Hand Lotion (Travel Size)
- Coffee-Starbucks VIA Instant Individual
- Instant Soups, Top Ramen, Cup of Soup, etc.
- Lip Balm, Chap Stick
- Gatorate Individual Powder Packs
- Oatmeal, Instant Individual Packages
- Deodorant
- Tea Mixes, Tea Bags
- Gum and Candy
- Feminine Hygiene Products
 AND MUCH MORE!

     

      To download a copy of our List of Items We Send,