Zach Queensland is sworn in as the Minnesota State Children of the American Revolution vice president.
Zach Queensland is sworn in as the Minnesota State Children of the American Revolution vice president. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kingsland High School junior Zach Queensland is organizing a collection of items for overseas troops on Sunday, March 11, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the community come together — young and old alike — united for a cause, and by doing this project, I believe we help patriotism and teach that giving is better than receiving,” stated Queensland, who is doing this through Children of the American Revolution (CAR), of which he is a member.

His aunt, Janel Kaster, added the items collected will be sent to overseas active duty military — some who are members at Our Savior’s — and that the event is being led by the CAR, a lineage organization, meaning members must be a direct descendant of someone who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

“The CAR supports our military — both veterans and active duty overseas at home — and they also promote patriotism,” she said. 

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Rochester chapter, sponsors the Pipestone Society Children of the American Revolution, which has a CAR committee that assists with money and organizing events. The committee encourages the CAR members to lead these events.   

Queensland, 17, the son of Jennifer Guske and Chris Queensland, elaborated that the Pipestone Society CAR has been active since 2014 and encompasses members from 5 to 21 years of age. 

“This is one of our first really big events we’re hosting,” he said. “We’ll be sending off packages in a joint event with Operation Hometown Gratitude (OHG) to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

CAR is hoping to gather many items, including cash for postage, more significant care package items and smaller comfort items. 

“Our biggest expenses are, in order, postage – because $17.35 per box by 18,000 care packages equals $312,300 — care package items and then small miscellaneous items,” said Queensland. “We have also shared resources with the Blue Star Moms, who we work closely with, as we send care packages to their children.” 

High-energy snacks such as power bars, energy bars, fruit and nut mixes, ramen noodles, cookies and energy “shooters” not in cans, are always good, he said.  Jerky is a favorite, he added, while toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, shampoo and adult wash wipes are appreciated, and games, toys and cards are appreciated as well. Shipping boxes are provided.

“The packages make a difference to the military because they know that we appreciate them and everything they are doing for us,” he said. “Everyone can support our active duty military in their own way.  I want people to know that it is important to support our overseas active duty military.  They are busy protecting us, and it is important to let them know we are grateful.”  

There are care package collection bins stationed at the Weber & Judd pharmacy at Sunshine Foods in Spring Valley, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Kingsland. 

He commented that he’s excited to be part of CAR and that he hopes that after this project is completed, CAR members find more to do in the Spring Valley area. He’s been involved with the organization for about four years.

“The goal is to promote patriotism and energize kids to get involved with their communities.  Patriotism builds up our morale and teaches children to talk with veterans and how to be active in their communities,” he said “I believe I can make a difference if I talk with people my own age about getting active with many different projects, like this one and going to help at the food shelf.  I’m thinking of many different projects we hope to do down the road in Spring Valley and throughout the area.” 

The Pipestone Society Children of the American Revolution will host its collection at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on South Broadway in Spring Valley on Sunday, March 11, at 10 a.m.  For more information, e-mail