The following is  from a flyer that Jake wrote to get people involved in the project. It was distributed throughout his local community.



I was watching a show about the soldiers on January 27, 2011.  Our First Lady was on the show.  She wants us to recognize the “Blue and Gold Star” families in our community.  A “Blue Star” signifies that there is a family member who is serving in the Armed Forces.  A “Gold Star” signifies that a loved one has died while serving our country.  Our First Lady reminded us that 1% of our country is protecting 99% of our country.  I want to see what my community can do to recognize and help the “Blue and Gold Star” families.

When a “Blue Star” family has a member who is away, there is a lot of pressure.  They can ask for help in the garden, if they need help going shopping, if they just need a friend, or they could ask for any kind of help that they need.  When there is a loss in a “Gold Star” family they need a lot of love, someone to talk with about their feelings, and also need people to care about them.  They really need us to not forget about their sons, husbands, wives, and daughters.

While I was driving in the car with my mom I saw a decal on the car in front of us and I thought we could do a decal for the “Blue and Gold Star” Military Families.  As soon as I got home I started designing the star and choosing the words.  Next I wrote to a company and asked for the start up money for the project so all the proceeds go to the “Blue and Gold Star” families. This project is not just about New Rochelle. The “Blue and Gold Star” families need to be recognized all over the place, everywhere we go.  Wherever the decals go, then that town or city they travel to will know about “Stars for Cars” and the people might want to know more about the “Blue and Gold Star” families.  The cost of the 5 and ½ inch star shaped decals are $10.00. Proceeds will go to the USO.  “Stars for Cars” is now an official partner of the USO.

To order decals, just click where it says “Buy a Star” anywhere on my website. Please make sure to give us your name and mailing address and we’ll send your star out right away. If you have any questions or want to get in touch with me, just fill out the Contact form.



Your Friend,

Jake Gallin (Age 9 ½)