December 2020 Newsletter

Published: December 3, 2020

bsf holiday star logo

Help Us Make a Difference in 2021

year end giving, support

As we close out this crazy year of twists and turns, I hope you’ll consider including Blue Star Families among the charities you support. All of our membership perks, resources, and experiences are provided at no cost to you thanks to the generosity of our donors. A donation of any size will make a huge difference as we strive to do even more in 2021! 

 

Looking for a Holiday Tradition for Your MilFam?

wreaths across america

Join Blue Star Families and Wreaths Across America this holiday season by sponsoring a “Remembrance Wreath” that will be laid at one of the thousands of veterans’ cemeteries across the country on Dec. 19. Looking for more? You and your family can sponsor or volunteer to lay wreaths here.

 

Gear Up & Give Back for the Holidays!

Ford, Proud to Honor

Got Ford fans in your family? Take a look at Ford’s Proud To Honor collection – 5 percent of all purchases will be donated to Blue Star Families now through Dec. 31, with a minimum donation of $10,000. You get to check off some holiday shopping, and we get to provide more programs and benefits to military families! Now that’s some holiday magic. Shop the full collection here.

 

Enter for a chance to receive a kit!

Homegating Kit Delivery Campbells Chunky

Missing the tailgate experience this year? We’ve been busy surprising military families across the country with “Homegating Kits,” courtesy of Campbell’s Chunky Soup and the Baltimore Ravens. These awesome Blue Star Neighbors are all about creating memorable family football season experiences for Blue Star Families like yours. Want in on the action? Enter weekly until Dec. 31 for a chance to receive a kit here.

 

How did we do in 2020?

BSF Impact Survey 2020

2020 was a year full of change. How did we do in helping your family navigate the challenges? Take this short survey to help us improve our programs and ensure we have the funding to continue them next year. BONUS: Complete the survey and enter for a chance to receive a holiday gift bag full of fun stocking stuffers!

 

Blue Star Families on Racial Equity

Join Blue Star Families for a special virtual event — Blue Star Families on Racial Equity: Frontlines and Homefront. The important movement to combat structural racism is central to the mission of Blue Star Families, which is to support military families to improve our military readiness. Please join us on December 16 where we will collectively begin an important mission to advance racial equity for our military families and their servicemembers of color. Register here.

 

Honoring service members this holiday season

Starbucks Yellow Ribbon Tree

For the fifth year in a row, Blue Star Families and Starbucks are partnering this holiday season to bring Yellow Ribbon Trees to Starbucks stores across the country. These trees honor service members who are away over the holidays and serve as a physical symbol of a communities’ support for service members and their families. Check out the map to see if there’s one coming to your community!

 

Family Volunteer Day Highlights

Family Volunteer Day Highlights

Thanks to generous support from CSX, military families in 26 locations nationwide were able to get out into their communities and clean up local parks on National Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 21. The day was filled with quality time together and creating community connections. Thank you, CSX, and thank you, volunteers!

 

Managing Stress and Worry

Cohen Veterans Network Stress Module

Cohen Veterans Network understands the unique challenges our veteran and military families face. In this difficult time, they want you to know resources are available. At BSF, we’ve created a free online education course to help you reduce stress and worry in your life. Check it out today.

 

Jumpstart Your Career for 2021

Blue Star Families Computer

Join Blue Star Careers for a LIVE webinar with Leonardo DRS, a leading defense contractor, on Dec. 2 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on our Facebook page. Register here.

 

Thank You Northrop Grumman & Hunt Companies

hunt companies & Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman, Hunt Companies, and Blue Star Families continue to serve our military families by providing ongoing military spouse career information. The unique approach to listen, share and partner, and act is done by supporting military families to improve our military readiness.

 

blue star families partner spotlight

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for their support of Blue Star Families!

Partner Spotlight