Blue Star Families’ volunteers, coast to coast, have been working this holiday season to set up Yellow Ribbon Trees in participating Starbucks Military Family Stores. Visitors at these locations have the opportunity to personalize Yellow Ribbon Tree ornaments with the name of loved ones who will be away for the holidays due to military service.

Though this program continues to grow quickly – thanks to our friends at Starbucks and Design & Source Productions – we recognize that all military families are not within driving distance of such a location. The good news is: You can still join in on the fun!

 These 3 simple tips will help you create your own Yellow Ribbon Tree at home! Are you ready?

  1. Setup a tree. Large or small, real or artificial… it’s the thought that counts!
  2. Make ornaments. Print out the Blue Star Families Star and Starbucks Coffee Cup ornament templates. Provide children with markers, crayons, glue, glitter, stickers and more!
  3. Decorate. Invite friends and family over to decorate the tree in honor of your deployed service member.
  4. Take pictures. Be sure to post on Facebook & Instagram, tagging @bluestarfamilies.

Happy holidays!