Monday, November 26, 2007

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS FOR THE TROOPS - Update



CHRISTMAS PROJECT:
1,000 STOCKINGS FOR THE NEWLY WOUNDED TROOPS!
Current pledges: 1,000!!
We made it!
New pledges are still requested for groups
stationed in Iraq.


Can you help? I am trying to get families, Scouts, work, church, and school groups who will sign up to purchase, fill, and ship Christmas stockings for the troops.

We've met the goal for stockings to the newly arriving wounded at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center! If you told me you would send some stockings to them, do so. Any NEW requests will go to soldiers in Iraq, such as those below.
The stockings should be filled and ready for "Santa" to hand out.


Christmas packages need to be shipped by Thanksgiving if possible! Since Thanksgiving is a week early this year, PRIORITY MAIL boxes shipped the week after should still arrive before Christmas Eve. Late packages to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany will still be good as the Chaplains will continue to pass out stockings to new arrivals into the first week of the new year.


LRMC patients are a bit different than at Walter Reed Army Hospital (D.C.) or the Brooke Army Hospital (San Antonio). LRMC patients come directly from the "battle field" with no belongings, and are temporary -- ASAP they are sent to the Army hospitals in the USA. That is why we don't have individual names. They come and go frequently.




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If you are new and want to send some stockings, please send me an email and I will give you a name and address for troops in Iraq whom I'm collecting for.






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November 29, 2007
Hi Nancy,

Yes, the stockings are beautiful. Attached is a picture of some of them - just a few. We have many more and are receiving them daily. I believe we have over 500 now even though we haven't actually counted them. Pictured with the stockings are Staff Sergeant Jones and volunteers Mark Tillery and Jenny Clinton.

Thank you for organizing this stocking drive for our Heroes!



Sharon
Wounded Warrior Ministry Center Landstuhl Regional Medical Center




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Hi Aunt Nancy Simioni,


We had several boxes today of stockings from your wonderful donors who have put together incredible Christmas stockings! Thank you for all you have done to get these to us. We will start distributing them on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. 750 is an incredible number and we appreciate all of them. Will let you know as they continue to come in that we have received them.


Thank you again for all you do for our wounded and ill Heroes - they certainly appreciate the support from home represented in every stocking - hand packed with love.


Sincerely,
Sharon
Wounded Warrior Ministry Center
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center


OTHER STOCKING PROJECTS:


720th MPB:
Stockings are also being collected for "Santa" Craig to pass out at Christmas Eve Services.

An Air Force unit would also REALLY appreciate some cheer! As of Dec 31, our troops in this unit will no longer be "in theater".



18th Military Police: If you have a soldier in this group you may send stockings to SGT Delonda Allen for distribution at their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

NAMES SHOULD NOT BE ATTACHED TO A STOCKING. They should be "generic".


Dollar stores usually have very nice 12" red and white fluffy stockings for, yep, $1 each.


IDEAS FOR FILLING THE STOCKINGS:
Christmas music CD

DOMESTIC company phone cards (like AT&T)
Unbreakable Christmas ornament
Mini-candy canes (they don't break like the big ones)
Microwave popcorn packets

DVDs (no VHS)
Body lotions - small bottles (seal in a baggie)
Travel size shampoo and deodorant
Twizzlers, mixed nuts, and Beef Jerky
Holiday cards signed by family and friends
Cookies, Snacks & Candy, Lots of Candy!!
-- fun stuff for all the holidays! (Drug store shelves are full of fun holiday candy)
Small dice game: LCR (Left/Center/Right)
Nail clippers
Hand-held electronic games

Comic books
Toy cars (MicroMachines), paper or balsa wood airplanes, etc.
They love chocolate, and it's a fairly cool month to ship. (just in case: enclose in sealed baggies!)

The Vets suggested maybe something sports oriented like anything from the Red Sox, Yankees, Lions, Red Wings or Bulls. Baseball caps or hey, even baseballs. Don't forget college teams! I'm told that any day of the week they would rather have received something that reminded them of home more than shaving cream!
Santa hat or silly reindeer antlers (again, FUN things!),
Postcards of USA and Christmas scenes
Groups filling many boxes might use these Weblinks:
http://www.orientaltrading.com
http://www.mninternational.com/Patriotic/Catalog.cfm/iCatID/1472
Deck of cards:
http://www.shindigz.com/catalog.cfm?pgp=6w035g

Once you start shopping you'll find LOTS of ideas of your own!

Tie a PINK ribbon on any stockings specifically for the women.

A note from Sharon at LRMC about phone cards:
People get the cards from Sam's Club, Costco and sometimes, I have heard, even the Dollar Store. AT&T is, of course, well known. The most important thing is that they are DOMESTIC cards. They can connect through a base in the United States so they get the total amount of minutes on the card. If they call through the overseas lines on an international card, they won't get as many minutes.
Calling cards are a great item - and much appreciated by the patients.
Thank you,
Sharon


For holiday packages please print out and include a note such as:


We are gladly participating in the
Aunt Nancy USA
"Operation Santa's Helpers" project
www.auntnancyusa.com
Your name/Group Name
Followed by your own personal message
(including a picture of yourself/family/group makes it personal)


It may also be a good idea to include a self-addressed (no stamp required) return envelope in each stocking if you want to know who got it and maybe a reply.