Cindy Humpe, the organizer and president of the Ohio Valley Blue Star Mothers, is not only a proud Army mom - she's also a person appreciative of the area's support of the troops.
The Ohio Valley Blue Star Mothers is an organization of mothers supporting mothers and their children who serve in the armed forces. It was established during World War II and is now known nationally as the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc.
"We support one another during the difficult times of deployment and even the ultimate sacrifice of losing our loved one. We send care packages to the troops, visit the wounded warriors and take care of our veterans by visiting in nursing homes and hospitals," Humpe explained.
Recently, local schools were approached about supporting local soldiers by providing supplies they need while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. That included everything from socks, baby powder and toiletry items to nonperishable snacks, games and stationery. There were 26 boxes shipped in March to PFC Josh Obertance in Afghanistan and more than 50 additional boxes were set to be shipped to three other area soldiers from the area, according to Humpe. Boxes were recently packed in Mingo by volunteers.
"The response has been overwhelming, wonderfully overwhelming. We have received supplies in abundance," Humpe said. "The Ohio Valley has been very generous in opening their hearts in support of these young men and women. Wells Academy and Harding Middle School has blessed us with all the supplies we have asked for, plus sent letters and cards to the troops which I might like to add are very good for morale during the soldiers' deployment," Humpe said.
"Pleasant Hill Elementary and the Brownie troop of Pleasant Hill collected items, and the Brownie Troop colored pictures and sent messages," Humpe said
In turn, parents got on board and so did many local businesses and organizations in what she described as a snowball effect.
"Being a mom with a young man awaiting his second deployment, it warms my heart to see that even in these tough economic times, we don't forget the ones on the front line serving their country. Until you have a young man/woman serving and knowing the daily trials and difficulties our young men/women see, it's never given a second thought. My son was home recently and was very excited to see the support the Ohio Valley was giving and congratulated not just the efforts of all who helped in getting this started, but the Ohio Valley itself for giving the way they have," Humpe said.
The Ohio Valley Blue Star Mothers meet the third Thursday of the month at the Mingo American Legion Post downtown at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. The next meeting will be held Thursday. For information, contact Humpe at (740) 535-1577 or (740) 381-4918.
Museum' open house is Sunday
The Jefferson County Historical Association Museum at Fifth Street and Franklin Avenue in Steubenville will host its 38th-annual open house on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The occasion will include photos and stories from Curt and Virginia Glenn regarding the history and restoration of the Mooretown Monument restoration project; Lyle Zerla sharing his knowledge of Morgan's Raiders' 1862 ride through Jefferson County; Civil War buff Jeff Evan's zeal for the ordinary soldiers' role; and the museum's many Civil War artifacts.
Light refreshments will be served.
members to meet
Members of the Richmond American Legion Post 740, Honored Seven, will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the post home on Legion Street, where participation in the Richmond Memorial Day parade will be finalized.
Commander Dan Vojvodich said veterans are encouraged to participate in the parade and should report to the Legion post on May 30 at 10 a.m. to organize for the parade that gets under way at 11 a.m.
Auxiliary Poppy Day sale Saturday
The Follansbee American Legion Auxiliary met May 3 at the post home where Betty Rea, president, presided at the business session, and Gina Marchetti gave reports.
The Poppy Day sale will be held Saturday at different locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plans were made for the rummage sale scheduled for Aug. 20 at the post home.
The meeting also included the election of officers, including: president, Tammy Chase; first vice president, Suzie Sandreth; second vice president, Cathy Dunlevy; secretary, A.J. Shroads; treasurer, Marchetti; historian, Nancy Midcap; chaplain, Lorraine Negri; and sergeant at arms, Sandy Yost.
Rea will install the new officers at the June 7 meeting that will get under way at 7 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.
Local residents still have a few days left to add their "voices" to the fight against breast cancer. Friday is the deadline to send 5-inch square fabric swatches with words of comfort and inspiration to women and men who are battling breast cancer.
The squares will be sewn together by volunteers to create colorful "Warrior Quilts" in recognition of all those who stand up to breast cancer. Thousands were created and collected at a "Patchwork Station" at the Ford display at the May 8 Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure at Schenley Park. The Warrior Quilts are part of the Neighborhood Ford Store's sponsorship of the annual Mother's Day event.
Once completed, the quilts will be presented to breast cancer hospitals and treatment centers throughout the region to hang on public display. Last year, quilts were donated to Pittsburgh's UPMC Passavant and UPMC Cancer Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Clairton, along with facilities in Steubenville, Parkersburg, Johnstown, Pa., and Bridgeport, W.Va.
Decorated 5-inch-by-5-inch fabric squares can be mailed by Friday to: Warrior Quilt Project, c/o Team Detroit/RetailFIRST, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 310, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15222.
The swatches should be 5 inches by 5 inches square, decorated leaving a half-inch border all the way around, as finished squares are 4 inches by 4 inches when sewn together. Decorations can be made with fabric pens, glitter glue, cross-stitching, embroidery, pre-embroidered appliques, Bedazzle, beads, sequins, rhinestones, ribbon and more.
The Neighborhood Ford Store is a cooperative of 82 Ford dealers in western Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio and the panhandles of West Virginia and Maryland. Ford and its dealers have been sponsors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 1995.