Saturday, November 7, 2009

2009 Christmas Stockings for Our Wounded Troops

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, our US Army hospital in Germany, has asked me for 500 stockings for our wounded troops.

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 send batteries of any kind to the hospital.

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.

If you and/or your group has some funds available for more costly items, the troops would really love to get
  1. iTune cards,
  2. iPod Shuffles,
  3. long distance phone cards (with no expiration date)
  4. hand-held electronic games.
Items 1 - 4 should NOT be put into the stockings with the other items however. Put them into an envelope in the same box. The chaplains will insert them into stockings for the troops who need them the most.

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 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.