The local Blue Star Mothers chapter pauses for a photo with guest speaker Philip Brasher at 2011’s wreath-laying at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

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Blue Star Mothers seek meeting place

Published 8:50pm Monday, January 21, 2013

After losing a meeting place in Portsmouth, the Blue Star Mothers of Hampton Roads are seeking a location in Suffolk where the chapter can meet.

The organization, a group of mothers who have children who are serving or who have served in the military, also meets on the Peninsula. Because the members come from such a large geographic area, the group alternates meeting places to “share the driving burden,” president Alise Baldwin said.

“We’re trying to get as many people as we can to come to the meetings,” she said. “For some people, the long drives are difficult for them.”

The local chapter is part of the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., which formed in 1942. The group does service projects such as sending out care packages to military members, collecting and donating items to the homeless veterans’ shelters, doing projects for wounded service members and more.

The group also works with the Gold Star Mothers, an organization for mothers whose child has died in service to the country.

In addition to seeking a new location, the group always welcomes new members, Baldwin said, no matter where their son or daughter is on his or her military journey.

“You’re going to find moms in our chapter, some of their sons or daughters are veterans,” she said. “Some, (their child) just joined up. Some, their son is deployed for the first time. You’re going to find a mom there that understands.”

To give ideas for a meeting place in Suffolk, or for more information about joining the organization, call Baldwin at 360-790-3884 or email bsma_hr@yahoo.com. Visit the chapter website at www.bluestarfamilieshr.com.

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