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Oswego Blue Star Mom Plans Sweet Surprise for Servicemen, Women

Nov 01, 2016 07:32PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Oswego Blue Star Mom Aimee Shugarman (far right Is collecting Halloween candy to package and send to service men and women overseas.

Toiletries, socks, crossword puzzles, books – things most people take for granted are often tough to come by for deployed servicemen and women.

A local group of Blue Star mothers is putting together care packages to send to send to active-duty troops, and they’ve got a way for you to get rid of that leftover Halloween candy.

From now until Nov. 9, Aimee Shugarman of Oswego is accepting donations of unwanted treats that will get shipped to deployed servicemen and women next week.

A member of the Chicagoland Blue Star Mothers, Shugarman said candy like M&Ms – which won’t melt in transit – and items like Skittles, Starburst and Tootsie Rolls are perfect for adding to the care packages.

“Basically, anything that isn’t pure chocolate,” she said. “We can take those off your hands.”

Donations can be left in a cooler on Shugarman’s front porch at 521 Waubonsee Circle in Oswego.

Shugarman, one of 14 area moms in the group, said donations will be packed for shipping on Nov. 9.  The packages will be sent to troops deployed both in the U.S. and overseas, she said.

Candy bars or items that can’t be shipped will be donated to the USO of Illinois – O’Hare, Shugarman said.

The Blue Star Moms are also accepting monetary donations to help with shipping costs. Members – who all have a son or daughter who is a veteran or active-duty serviceman or woman – originally planned to ship only 50 care packages, but their new goal is 300.

“We shared with family and friends and coworkers and it took off,” Shugarman said. With shipping costs at $16.75 per box, the group has raised enough so far to send 192 packages.

Monetary donations are accepted in the form of cash, checks made out to Chicagoland Blue Star Moms or PayPal donations sent to

Shugarman – whose 19-year-old son, Alex, is a U.S. Marine – said the group got its start last January.

“There was no chapter here in the Chicagoland area,” Shugarman said, adding that mothers of veterans and active-duty sons or daughters are invited to join.

“Anyone is welcome,” she said. The group meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Warrenville VFW, 3S371 Mignin Drive.

For more information on the group, visit the ChicagolandBlue Star Mothers Facebook page.

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