Stars For Our Troops! Brunswick Fire Dept location.

There is a group of volunteers that is continuing what was started by a group of ladies in Florida called the Star Project about 2005. See "Star Project Begins".

http://www.starsforourtroops.org/

Susan Wells, a member of our group, is the President of the local effort...Stars For Our Troops... and suggested that we become active in this mission. We did, and we continue to be.

There are two locations where we will participate...Brunswick Fire Dept and Gettysburg Flags in E. Greenbush with each being posted once a month. We will be at the Brunswick Fire Dept on the second Tuesday of each month and Gettysburg Flag Works on the third Monday of each month.

What we do is start with sharing some snacks and drinks. We cut the fields of blue, known as the canton, from the old flags, then scissor off the embroidered stars. Into a plastic bag go one of those stars and given to a soldier or veteran with the following message:

"I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A.  I can no longer fly. The sun and winds have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder thatYou are not forgotten."

If you have a flag that you want to donate, they should be approximately 5 feet by 3 feet, so that the embroidered stars are about the size of half-dollars.
Collectors of flags in the Albany, NY area include: Gettysburg Flag Works, East Greenbush; Saratoga Flag, Gansevoort;  your local Kiwanis Club or to Advanced Hearing Aid Centers, Colonie. Remnants of flags will be properly retired as noted in Flag Etiquette.
We are accepting names and addresses of soldiers currently serving, so they can receive their Stars. Include your name and address and we will send you a Star.

If you have a flag or want to make a donation to help  cover postage and packaging, bring that with you.

This is a great project! Let's support Susan and keep it going!

Capital District Volunteer policy: If you rsvp for  meetups and are a no show two times, your name will be removed from the group. You can choose to reapply in three months. I must enforce this policy to build and maintain a credible and reliable group of volunteers. The agencies and venues that we volunteer at count on us to show up for jobs that they assign us.

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  • Linda

    Sorry I couldn't make the meetup but I am working on stars from home! Must say though I miss seeing, talking and laughing with you! I hope you join me and others at the Niskayuna American Legion Stars for Our Troops meetup on the 30th!

    July 9, 2013

  • Maritza

    Unless I get stuck at work I should be there tonight :)

    July 9, 2013

  • Susan W.

    1 - It is really not a potluck, but I can't change the title, info, etc. as I am not an organizer. It is more of share a snack and bring a drink. I have plates, plasticware, etc. Those that come found they would rather work the 2 hours.

    2 - Each meeting is from 6 to 8 PM.

    We meet at the Brunswick Firehouse, Hoosick St, Troy on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Times are at your convenience, some arrive early, others come later. All ages are encouraged, bring the children if you want. All supplies are there - we cut and pouch the Stars. Many volunteers take parts of the project home to help.

    FYI, Reuters did an article about the Stars for our Troops and over 600 bags (300,000 Stars) were requested in almost 3 days, and the requests keep coming. We still need a lot of Stars to fill all of the orders.

    Please stop by, see what we do, ask questions, plan to laugh and have a fun time!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know how this particular potluck works, this is my first one with this group. Most potlucks have people bring a dish to pass. I don't know if there will be utensils and plates available but you should bring your own setting and something to drink.
    Susan, if you want us to do something different, please let us know.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What does "Potluck Social" mean?

    July 4, 2013

  • Christine N.

    Do I have to bring anything? This will be my 1st pot luck(ever)

    June 12, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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