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/History-of-Stars-Project.html)
Susan Wells is the President of the local effort...Stars For Our Troops... and had suggested that we become active in this mission. We went a couple weeks ago and we loved the cause and Susan, so we are headed back. I feel this is even more important to our troops over the holiday season. Again the plan is to meet up at Susan's apartment community center to help her out for a few hours.
We will also each bring potlock to share. The last potluck was huge and a great part of our night of cutting, packing and socializing!
ALSO...LAST TIME I LEFT A COFFEE CUP ON THE TABLE FOR DONATIONS TO SUSAN WHO USES SOME OF HER OWN MONEY TO MAIL THE STARS. SHE WAS VERY MOVED AND GRATEFUL FOR THAT.
Finding the parking for Conway Court Apartment Complex: There is additional parking behind the synagogue and on the street. Parking in Conway Court lot would be only at the back of the lot - about 6-8 cars. The synagogue is on Hoosick Street, parking lot between the synagogue and I Love NY Pizza. You can see the building from Hoosick St. There is also a bank parking lot, so parking is really not a problem, we just need to make sure there is room for the residents to park. The community room is on the first floor, easy to find.
Old tattered and faded US Flags are retired from service and they pass the legacy of their embroidered Stars to those that defended them.
They cut the fields of blue, known as the canton, from these 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.
They 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 her cover postage and packaging, bring that with you.
This is a great project...especially for the holidays! Let's do it!
New 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.