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HELPING THE TROOPS

Blue Star Mothers bring holidays to the soldiers

Darlene Smith of Schenectady collects monetary donations at Colonie Center Mall for Capital Region NY2 Blue Star Mothers’ “Freedom Boxes.”
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Darlene Smith of Schenectady collects monetary donations at Colonie Center Mall for Capital Region NY2 Blue Star Mothers’ “Freedom Boxes.”
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While Capital Region residents gather for holiday cheer near the fireplace, hundreds of New Yorkers will be thousands of miles away, many in a war zone devoid of the colorful sights and sounds of their hometown holidays. The fact that soldiers on tour will miss the holiday season near friends and family is one never forgotten by the many chapters of the Blue Star Mothers, an organization of soldiers' moms that got its start in ...


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