Board of realtors preparing care packages for military service members

UPDATE @ 11:56 p.m.

Over 360 pounds of cookies, beef jerky, other snacks and toiletries will soon be on their way to U.S. troops deployed overseas thanks to the help of two Dayton-area organizations.

Tammy Murphy, president of the Miami Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, says the care packages are designed to provide military members a “piece of home” while stationed in other countries.

"They (U.S. Troops) want things they can't get while they're away, including snacks, toiletries and the comfort foods that people don't think about and maybe take for granted," Murphy said.

Murphy says the Miami Valley chapter of Blue Star Mother’s is the largest in the country.

“Our center is blessed. We are actually supported by our community very well so we’re able to pack every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and we typically pack anywhere from 12 to 20 boxes to send to our military,” Murphy said.

That type of community support was exemplified Tuesday evening when 30 members of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors volunteered to pack 57 boxes to send to 1,000 troops stationed in Turkey.

President of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Michael Martin, says volunteers from his organization were helping to show their support of the U.S. military.

“One of the things that we do for our community is help build communities so we wanted to take on another project that shows we care about our troops overseas protecting us,” Martin said.


Realtors from across the Miami Valley will prepare care packages for deployed U.S. military service members.

The Dayton Area Board of Realtors said area agents are partnering with the Blue Star Mothers Dayton Chapter to support the troops.

The Blue Star Mothers Dayton Chapter is a nonprofit that provides support for active duty service members and assists veteran organizations. They have mailed more than 15,000 care packages to U.S. troops all over the world.

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“Community service is a core value of Realtors,” said Mike Martin, president of DABR. “Realtors have been working across this country for more than 100 years to build communities and advocate for private property rights, and none of that would be possible without the brave men and women who defend our freedom. We are honored to partner with the Blue Star Mothers.”

Tammy Murphy, president of the Blue Star Mothers and an agent, said it’s a thrill to match the DABR with an organization that gives back to those who serve in the military.

“We feel the pride in our communities we serve, and being able to represent our own military community in such a way by preparing care packages provides yet another level to our outreach,” she said.

The “packing party” will be hosted on Tuesday at 6661 Clyo Road at 5 p.m.