Blue Star Families help military families through tough times

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The group is having their 6th annual Blue Star Neighbors Celebration where they will honor extraordinary Americans who support military families!

One of the people to be honored will be Joy Goulette, who helped her neighbor, Colleen Cekovsky, while Colleen's husband was deployed overseas.


Colleen said the decision to nominate Joy was easy. Joy did so much, she said, to help her family during the six-months her husband was deployed overseas. Colleen had a busy household – a seven-year-old-son and a four-year-old daughter – kept her on her toes most of the time.

Joy said the decision to help Colleen’s family was easy. For starters, Joy's daughter and Colleen’s daughter attend school together. She organized neighbors, church members, and scout troops to show support for their family by cooking meals and sending cards.


Everyone who was asked to help was more than willing to, Joy said. In addition to being well-fed for weeks at a time, Colleen said the cards and letters helped tremendously.

"The letters of support and encouragement - that's what kept me going." Colleen said she refers to the those who helped as her 'dinner angels' and that their simple notes with messages that said- we're here for you, we support you, please let us know if we can help – meant the world.


Helping with math homework, giving music lessons, offering a discount are all ways you can help a military family in need. Visit for more.

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