During the 2016 holiday season, with the help of Design & Source Productions and Starbucks, Blue Star Families Volunteers set up Yellow Ribbon Trees in Starbucks Military Family Stores across the country. Visitors to each store were invited to personalize Yellow Ribbon ornaments with the name of a loved one who would be away for the holidays due to military service.

By the end of December, each tree was beautifully decorated in honor of service members who were unable to spend the holidays with their families.

The project was so successful at bringing communities together that Blue Star Families, Design & Source, and Starbucks are teaming up again this holiday season to bring even more Yellow Ribbon Trees to local stores!

Blue Star Families Volunteers and Starbucks Partners will work together to set up each Yellow Ribbon Tree during the week after Thanksgiving. The trees will remain in place through Christmas. Blue Star Families and Blue Star Neighbors who will be missing a loved one this December are invited to visit their local store and hang an ornament on the tree.

Some locations will also host special events surrounding the Yellow Ribbon Trees such as coffee tastings, cookie decorating, book giveaways, and more. Join our network (www.bluestarfam.org/join) to receive information about special events in your area. Click here to see participating Starbucks locations.