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Christmas Drive for the Troops

September 27, 2014

CHRISTMAS DRIVE FOR THE TROOPS
 
Lake Havasu City, AZ—Christmas holidays away from your military loved ones are difficult for those at home but especially difficult for the deployed serviceman or woman. Receiving Christmas care packages gives them a little bit of home and reminds them that we at home are thinking of them.
 
Every year in October the Lake Havasu City Military Moms launch their Christmas Drive. Special donation boxes have been placed in several businesses to collect items to mail to our troops who are deployed in war zones and many other places around the world. Each box has a list of suggested items to donate, such as toiletries, socks, instant coffee, tea mixes, candy, canned fruit, chapstick, and more. Especially appreciated by our military are pre-paid phone cards so they can call home. See the complete list at the donation boxes for more suggestions. Boxes will be in the following stores from October 4 to November 14: Born’s Best Sandwiches (Smith’s Center), Havasu Phone Book (across from Albertson’s), and Midwest Internal Medicine (1840 Mesquite Ave.).
 
Military Moms will also have a table set up outside several stores on Wednesday, October 1 and Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage shoppers to purchase a few extra items for the troops and drop them in the boxes on their way out of the store. Watch for the Military Moms table outside Walmart, Walgreen’s, Kmart, and Smith’s on October 1 and November 1.
 
If you have a child, or know a child who will be deployed through Christmas and you would like him or her to receive a Christmas Care Package from the Military Moms, please contact Judy Lacey at 928-855-8470), or email her at judylacey@aol.com with the soldier’s name, rank, and full address, including APO or FPO.
 
The Lake Havasu City Military Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Arizona. Members are mothers who have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. Parents, relatives, or friends of servicemen or women are invited to become members. Others with no ties to the military but who would like to help our troops are also welcome to join as associate members.

Sock Drive for Troops

August 8, 2014
 
SOCK DRIVE FOR TROOPS
 
The Lake Havasu City Military Moms are shipping out care packages in August to local troops from Lake Havasu who are currently deployed.
 
One of the things our troops are always in need of is socks, so this shipment will contain mostly socks and foot powder. The care packages will be mailed out the end of August.
 
The socks must be either white or gray cotton long tube socks, not crew or ankle socks.
 
The foot powder must be in a shaker container, as we cannot mail any products in aerosol cans. Foot powder can often be found in dollar stores.
 
Candy is always appreciated by the troops, so bags or boxes of candy will be also be collected, with the exception of chocolate.
 
Donations may be dropped off at Born’s Best Sandwiches at 2231 N. McCulloch, Unit 111 (in the Smith’s center) or at the Lake Havasu City Properties office at 1690 N. McCulloch (in the Safeway center).
 
Donation boxes will be in those two stores until Friday, August 22.
 
Donations to help pay for shipping are also gratefully accepted. Please make checks out to LHC Military Moms, write “Care Packages” on the memo line, and mail to LHC Military Moms, P.O. Box 2771, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405.
 
Anyone who knows of any Havasu troops who are currently deployed may call in the troops’ names and APO or FPO addresses to Judy Lacey at 928-855-8470 so that Military Moms can send care packages to them.
 
The Lake Havasu Military Moms is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and incorporated in the state of Arizona for the purpose of providing support to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families, and to military veterans of Lake Havasu City.

 

Military Moms to Honor Gold Star Mothers

MILITARY MOMS TO HONOR GOLD STAR MOTHERS
 
The last Sunday in September is a day set aside to pay tribute to America’s mothers who have suffered the most terrible loss a parent can imagine. Their sons or daughters gave their lives while in service to their country.
 
From the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mothers throughout America’s history have always seen their loved ones heed the call to duty. And with that duty comes the ultimate burden that these mothers must bear—the loss of their children while serving their country. We honor these mothers every year on the last Sunday in September. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Mother’s Day lets them know that they don’t stand alone.
 
The Lake Havasu City Military Moms invite the community to attend a ceremony on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. to honor our local Gold Star Mothers, and Gold Star Mothers everywhere. The short ceremony will be held at Wheeler Park, by the soldier statue. Mayor Mark Nexsen will read a Proclamation, and Arizona State Representatives Doris Goodale and Sonny Borrelli will speak briefly. The main speaker will be Commander Joan McDermott of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9401 of Lake Havasu.
 
This will be a candlelight ceremony. Please attend to show our Gold Star Mothers that they do not grieve alone, that we understand their grief and share it with them.

 

Care Packages for the Troops & Red Friday T-Shirts

AUGUST 26, 2013
 
CARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS / RED FRIDAY T-SHIRTS

The Lake Havasu City Military Moms will be sending out their next shipment of care packages for local troops on September 17.
 
The local group of mothers who have sons and daughters serving in the Armed Forces pack and ship care packages four times a year. Packages are sent to all troops who have lived in, or have relatives living in Lake Havasu City.
 
Donations of items for the packages are gratefully accepted. The troops especially appreciate receiving food items such as canned meats and fruit in poptop cans, jerky, energy bars, Instant coffee, tea bags, and powdered drink mixes (single serve). They also need things like Chapstick, heavy socks (white or gray), baby wipes, sunscreen (no spray), sweatbands for their helmets, book, magazines, playing cards.
 
We cannot ship anything in glass or aerosol containers.
 
The cost to ship boxes to our troops can be as much as $1,500 for each shipment, and donations to help pay for shipping are appreciate. Please make checks out to LHC Military Moms, write “Care Packages” on the memo line, and mail to LHC Military Moms, P.O. Box 2771, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405.
 
Anyone who would like to donate items for the care packages is asked to call Judy Lacey at 928-855-8470. We will be packing the boxes on September 14, and ask that items be received by September 12.
 
“Red Friday” t-shirts have become a popular way to show our support of and pride in our men and women who are serving in the military. They are traditionally worn on Fridays, but can be worn any day. The Military Moms have Red Friday t-shirts to offer for a donation of $10, or $12 for larger sizes. Available sizes are from Small to 3X. Please call Jennifer Tarr at 928-486-5924 or Judy Lacey at 928-855-8470 (southside).
 
The Lake Havasu Military Moms is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and incorporated in the state of Arizona for the purpose of providing support to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families, and to military veterans of Lake Havasu City.

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July 24, 2013
 
The Lake Havasu City Military Moms, Inc. announces the expansion of their “Gowns for Military Brides” program.” In addition to Lake Havasu City, the program will now be offered to Bullhead City, Kingman, Parker, and other towns in Mohave County.
 
A very generous donation from a local bridal shop going out of business made this program possible. Donated were both wedding gowns and evening gowns in a range of sizes.
 
Our “Gowns for Military Brides” program provides wedding gowns at no cost to military women on active duty or women who are planning to wed an active duty military person. Also eligible are women veterans or women planning to marry a veteran. The prospective bride need only show a copy of her, or the groom’s, military ID. Either the bride or groom must be from Mohave County to participate in the program.
 
The Evening Gown Rental Program is also being extended to all of Mohave County. Gowns are loaned out to girls and women to wear to proms, balls, or other formal events. Among the gowns are some that would be appropriate for the Mother of the Bride.
 
The Lake Havasu City Military Moms hope this program will help girls in our communities who otherwise may not be able to purchase an evening gown for an important event. There will be no rental charge, just a $25 deposit, which will be returned when the gown is returned, cleaned, within seven days of pickup. Most local dry-cleaning shops charge, on average, just $10 or $20 to clean gowns.
 
Girls must show driver’s license or school ID, and those under the age of 18 must bring a parent to sign an agreement.
 
Corbi Wright is the coordinator of this program, and she may be called at 928-855-5525 to make an appointment to look at and try on gowns.
 
The Military Moms will be happy to accept donations of wedding or evening gowns from the community so this program can continue into the future. Anyone wishing to donate a gown is asked to call Kathy McCraw at 928-486-4901.