Keep Our Troops in Mind This Holiday Season

Veterans Day is the perfect time to remember and give thanks for the courageous men and women who are serving our country, those who have in the past, and those who lost their lives in doing so.  Fortunately, Canadaigua’s Blue Star Mothers offer an opportunity to make sure that your thankfulness conveys to the troops who are currently stationed overseas.   Throughout the year the Blue Star Mothers, with help from the community, send care packages containing some of the comforts of home for the servicemen who are so far from it.

Ray Sands Glass is proud to help support this organization, with your help we would like to make this holiday season a bit more comfortable for the men and women who followed the call of duty.  The BSM have composed a wish list of everyday items that have been requested by military personnel and we would be happy to accept donations of these items at any of our Western NY locations.

To show our thanks for those donating to a great cause we will be offering free windshield repair or Aquapel in exchange for donations to the Blue Star Mothers.  So if you have been postponing the repair of a small chip or crack, stop at the store and pick up a few of the non-crushable items from their wish list and bring them into the shop.  You will have done a good deed by making the holidays a little brighter for someone who misses their family and saved yourself from needing a replacement all at the same time.

Thank You Veterans!

Thanks from Blue Star Mothers and Ray Sands Glass

We wanted to share this letter that we recently received from the Blue Star Mothers of Rochester:

Blue Star Mothers salute Ray Sands

The Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., New York Chapter 1, would like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to Ray Sands Glass, both in Chili and Canandaigua, for their tremendous support.

The company has made us the beneficiary of funds that they raised with their project of having customers who came in for a repair of chips in their windshields make a donation to the Blue Star Mothers in lieu of payment. People were also encouraged to leave donations, which we then shipped to our deployed troops.

The funds enabled us to send Christmas trees and boxes to our soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan, to assist eight military families in need and get supplies for the Blue Star Canteen and the veterans who come there.

We are most grateful to Ray Sands and all the customers who gave so
generously. We can’t thank them enough.

Blessings on everyone.

—JOYCE E. MADER

BLOOMFIELD, ONTARIO COUNTY

We want to thank everyone who came in and made donations of both cash and goods, many of whom didn’t even need an auto glass service.  It’s good to know that with our combined efforts we were able to make a difference for a group that is so deserving of our help.

We are honored to work with the Blue Star Mothers to help a worthy cause – and we would like to salute all the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation.  Our greatest thanks goes to you!

Help for Those Not “Home for the Holidays”

The Blue Star Mothers of Rochester is an organization working toward a cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts – bringing comfort to those who have served or are currently serving our country.  These are the mothers who put on a brave face through the heartbreak of having a loved one serving overseas – and set hard to work here at home, with very little financial help from government organizations.

This holiday season, the Blue Star Mothers could really use some help in bringing a bit of  Christmas to those who are unable to be with their families and friends.  They have a wish list on their website, of items that they desperately need to keep our troops comfortable while they live in a strange place, in these often harsh environments.   This year, the Mothers are working on a special Christmas package to bring home to those who can’t be home, which includes the tree and trimmings – with gifts to go underneath.  Any donations you wish to contribute can be brought to our Chili Ave. shop any time, as the Blue Star Mothers send care packages year round.

And of course, cash donations are always welcome.  When we first began working with the Blue Star Mothers, they had packages prepared and ready to go, but lacked the funds to get them to the troops.   Your help is so greatly appreciated by not only the Blue Star Mothers, but those sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives,  and brothers and sisters who are bravely risking their lives for our nation.

Have a Happy Holiday, and keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers!