The holiday season can admittedly be a pretty cheesy time of year – there are twenty different Santa Clauses strategically placed around town, some red and green reindeer sweater that you are required to wear, and the dreaded fruit basket that somebody always sends! But the great thing about this time of the year is not the decorations or the presents (well, the presents help A LOT!), but rather it’s the kindhearted, cheerful spirit that seems to take over. I start to notice all the wonderful things that people do to help each other out, and that’s something you can’t buy on Black Friday!
So BFF is dedicating today’s post to a wonderful organization, Blue Star Families. Started by military families for military families, BSF strives to build a network of support and empowerment. With 70 chapters across the country, their programs like Operation Appreciation and Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces are helping to improve the lives of those affected by war.
Check out some recent initiatives with Blue Star Families:
“Gulliver’s Travels” co-stars Jack Black and Jason Segal have teamed up to record this remake of the 1977 holiday mash-up of “Peace on Earth” and “Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Proceeds from sales will go to Blue Star Families.
Sesame Street partners with Google to help families stay connected. Google is offering complimentary $10 call cards to families of members of the U.S. armed forces who are registered with Blue Star Families or Sesame Street Family Connections (their social network for military families) and sign up between now and December 22.
Supporting military families has even become a top Presidential directive led by Michelle Obama!
It’s unfortunate that not everyone can be home for the holidays. But we can all try to help out by showing our unconditional support! A little bit goes a long way. And don’t forget BFF’s initiative to connect people with friends in the armed forces, our BFF bracelet!
Family, presents, and embracing the season of giving … gotta love the holidays!