As of 11/13/09 I have pledges for 301.
Some suggestions for filling the Christmas stockings:
- Candy candy candy - chocolate, candy canes (mini ones ship best), hard candy, whatever.
- Tubes of cookies or chips
- Small (1.5oz) bags of cookies, Goldfish crackers, nuts, etc.
- Mints, breath mints
- Fun novelty treats as are for sale at drug stores
- Healthy snack/energy bars
- Chewing gum
- Small cans of energy drinks
- Starbucks "VIA" ready brew coffee packets (about $2 for a 3 pack)
- Microwave popcorn (commercial only - no homemade products can be accepted)
- Hot chocolate packets
- Lipbalm (ex: Chapstick)
- Current music CDs, or movie DVDs
- You'll find many fun items once you start looking!
Do NOT wrap items in the stockings. For the safety and security of our wounded troops the Red Cross volunteers have to inspect the stockings.
- iTune cards,
- iPod Shuffles,
- long distance phone cards (with no expiration date)
- hand-held electronic games.
You may make the stockings personal by inserting a note card with your name and address if you would like, and even a photo. But know that we rarely hear back from the wounded troops.
If you make a stocking specifically for a female soldier, tie a big pink ribbon on to it with a label "Female".
Email me at email@example.com and I'll give you an address to send stockings too.
But hurry -- time is getting short, and, I'm going out of the country the first half of December. I'll answer as many emails as I can until then.
Of course, non-denominational packages can be sent too. In this photo below you'll see some boxes rather than stockings.