Atlanta area Gold Star Mother, Florence McSween is a social lady. Helping to get the word out on issues relating to military families who have lost a child in battle is what she does best. After losing her military son, Adam, in 2007, Florence has dedicated her life to never letting the sacrifice of these brave men and women go unrecognized or fall forgotten.
However, now, Florence needs our help. On her way to a Gold Star Mothers event in Illinois, her car hydroplaned in the heavy rains and crashed head-on into the trees.
With an injured ankle, requiring surgery, Florence still made the conference where she succumbed to her accident and fainted.
Although she is now at home here in Dallas, Georgia, and recovering with the help of friends, Florence's main concern is the loss of her car. Her car played an integral part in her efforts at helping other military families and organizations. Without one, she fears she will not be able to attend the numerous meetings with other Gold Star families, events and conferences she is often asked to address.
Florence’s income from her former teaching position was lost when she was diagnosed with cancer only a few years ago. She is still under medical care and medications relating to her cancer recovery but due to her physical limitations, she is prevented from working in a fulltime capacity.
Close friend and supporter, Joseph Norman, Delta Airline's Outside Repair Coordinator, states that attending these events," ...is what keeps her alive".
Mr. Norman has set up a donations account through the Delta Community Credit Union and states that, “Should someone be so kind as to donate a car, or in the case where funds are raised in excess of what is required to secure a vehicle for Florence, all donated funds will be given to the West Georgia Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers of America, Inc.”.
As President of the Gold Star Mothers' Villa Rica chapter, Florence serves a very crucial role in her connections with other military charities such as Operation Homefront and the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Just this morning, Florence was contacted by the Atlanta Fine Arts League who have informed her of their kind donation of $200. Hopefully, as word increases as to her situation, Florence's need for a dependable, reliable vehicle will be met and she will once again be able to continue to serve as the supportive and educated advocate she has always been for military families everywhere.
If you or anyone you know can help Florence McSween with getting a clean, reliable car, please contact Joseph Norman at 404.714.5308 or go to www.bluestarmothersga.webs.com. Monetary donations toward Florence’s car fund may be given to:
The Florence McSween CAR Fund
Accnt. # 0991687004
1025 Virginia Avenue.
Atlanta Ga. 30354