‘We want to serve them in some way like they have served us,” event organizer John Pilmer said. Blue Haven was started by Nannette Wride, the widow of Sgt. Cory Wride who was killed in 2014.Shortly after, Wride had an idea. She started creating baskets of the things that helped her most, things people had sent her. She includes her favorite comforting music, books on death and blankets. Every basket is centered on the family’s specific needs. She would fly and take the baskets and attend funerals. After doing several baskets, funding it all on her own, she started Blue Haven.