The Pryor Times

March 14, 2014

Blue Star moms still in action

Managing Editor
Kathy Parker

PRYOR, OK — The United States is still at war and the Blue Star Mothers are still in action.

Chapter 18 continues to send boxes regularly to soldiers from Mayes County.

The next shipment is Easter boxes which will be packed April 3. Two boxes will be sent this time. The other will contain toiletries.

Chapter President Pam Buffington said her group wants to make sure every soldier from this area gets a box.

“We send notes in the boxes asking for names if someone has never gotten a box,” Buffington said.

She said community members must provide names so Blue Star will know which soldiers are in the middle east. “If they don’t send me their names, I can’t send a box,” Buffington said. “It makes me sick to find out someone is already back and they didn’t get a box.”

Buffington said any Easter candy is welcome and the soldiers especially like “Peeps,” the marshmallow pillows made into the shapes of birds and animals. But one-pound hams, jerky and pop-top canned items are needed.

Breakfast service has been discontinued at some camps, so single-service packed breakfast foods are popular.

Toiletries most needed include aspirin, Advil, Band-Aids, eye drops (Buffington said Sustain are the best), alcohol wipes, Vicks salve, Vaseline, lip balm, lotion and baby wipes.

Items can be dropped off at The Times of Shipman’s Funeral Home, or Buffington will pick them up. Call her at 918-645-5489 to email her at

Buffington said the Blue Star Mothers try to send a little bit of home in each box. At Christmas, they put pieces of fresh greenery in the boxes to send a smell of the season.

Often, area elementary school students send art in the boxes.

Buffington is looking for two girls named Kaylee and Tara who colored pictures sent in the boxes before December. A soldier send pictures back and Buffington would like to deliver them.

The soldier wrote “they colored a picture for me, so I colored a picture for them.” So if those girls or someone who knows them reads this, get in touch with Buffington to collect your pictures.

Monetary donations (postage has to be paid on the boxes) may be sent to P.O. Box 1597, Pryor.