Blue Star Moms Receive Donation After Supermarket Scam

The South Bay Blue Star Moms is a support group for troops and their families that sends goods to U.S. service members abroad.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Blue Star Moms who support troops overseas and homeless vets here in the Bay Area had money stolen from their account. (Published Monday, Dec 12, 2011)

    A group of military moms got a much-needed donation Monday from a supermarket chain.

    The South Bay Blue Star Moms is a non-profit organization that lost over $3,000 as part of a card-skimming scam at a Bay Area Lucky grocery store.

    The group was scrambling to come up with money to continue a December care package event when they received a donation from Save Mart, the parent company of Lucky.

    While the amount of the donation has remained undisclosed, BSM says it is enough money to help prepare for its next care packages which will be sent in March. It's also enough to reimburse people who gave sizable loans to complete the project in December after the money was stolen.  

    During each event the organization sends care packages to over 500 troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The military moms were among hundreds of victims whose debit card information was stolen at self checkout lanes at a local Luckys. Thieves placed card-reading devices on the lanes, stealing cardholders information.

    So far, the supermarket has reported less than 1,000 cases of loss.