Clean up, care package, letter writing during Community Service DayBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Folsom’s largest community-wide day of volunteerism, Community Service Day, is just around the corner and spots are filling up quickly on the online sign up.
This one day of the year mobilizes more than 2,800 residents to complete nearly 50 service projects around town.
This year is Folsom’s fifth annual event and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15.
From beautifying community gardens, landscaping projects to Folsom Lake clean up, writing heart felt letters to women with breast cancer and more, there are a variety of projects for everyone to participate in at any age.
A popular project during this year’s Community Service Day that filled up quickly is the Humbug Willow Creek fire hazard reduction project.
This project helps keep Folsom neighborhoods safe by local volunteers removing fire ladder fuels such as low hanging limbs, and other debris from within 10 feet of trails and homes in the Parkway community.
Working along the Humbug-Willow Creek trail, 25-to-50 volunteers will work to remove the threat of fires to the trail and nearby neighborhoods.
The Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms will be participating in the annual day of volunteerism for another year, packaging together care packages for those in active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, volunteers will also be able to write thank you notes through the Folsom Public Library that will be included in each package.
The Blue Star Moms is a national nonprofit organization that provides support for mothers who have sons and daughters in active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
It was originally started in World War II, and since has spread to hundreds of chapters around the country.
The type of items the Blue Star Moms will be packing include individual serving powdered drink mix, protein and energy bars, jerky, canned meat, canned fruit, tuna pouches, individually wraps candy, baby wipes, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm and more.
Last year, the Blue Star Moms produced hundreds of care packages, and this year they are hoping to produce nearly 500.
Following Community Service Day, the packages will be immediately sent off to anyone deployed outside the United States.
Names and addresses can be submitted on the chapter’s website. Whether the solider is local or on the other side of the country, they will still send a package.
To enter an overseas soldier’s name and address, or general information, go to rollinghillsbluestarmoms.org.
To sign up for the few slots still left, or for more information, go to folsomcommunityservice.org.