Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (our parent organization) was birthed as a response to a coupon printed on January 22, 1942 int the Flint News Advertiser asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. February 1st 300 mothers met in Flint Michigan at the Durant Hotel. The meeting was chaired by Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group. A deciscion to form a permanent organization was made after receiving 1000 replies to the coupon run in January.
The organization was reported on the Congressional record on February 6th. Following this the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in California, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, washington and Wisconsin. As a national organization we were chartered by congress in June of 1960.
During the tough times of World War II mother volunteered their help in any way they could. Over the years we have worked in hospitals, train stations, packing care packages for soldiers and as part of homeland security during times our time of war. Nationally we have grown and shrunk over the years but there has always remained enough mothers showing pride in both their children and country to hold us together.
The Grand Strand Chapter formed in February 2008 with ten charter members brought together as a result of publicity furnished by the Sun News of Myrtle Beach and several local radio stations.American Legion Post 186 in Little River opened their doors to our group allowing us to hold our first meeting in February 2008.
In April 2008 our charter was granted and our feet started moving. Our President attended the National Convention in July, our first mailing of care packages was sent out in August. Our first fundraising efforts were at the Myrtle Bike Week, North Myrtle Beach Mayfest and Little River Crab Festivals. We had a poker run in June and a chicken dinner at the American Legion in September. In November we held a dinner on Veteran's Day honoring our veterans in cooperation with Jay's of Little River. We began our Adopt-A-Solider program at that event. In December we honored the children of our local military and the children and grandchildren of local veterans with a Christmas party. We continue to grow and move supporting each other, our sons and daughters, deployed troops, veterans, and country.