Operation Stuff-A-Stocking returns
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
A local teenager is once again trying to cheer military personnel serving in war zones by giving them donated holiday stockings filled with goodies....
I decided to a patch again this year because Scouts love them so much and it's a great way for kids to remember that they were part of something big and made a huge difference! This year's patch is going to be Santa repelling from an Army helicopter delivering stockings!
UPDATES: Even though my offical deadline has past, it you have stockings or want to send a stocking, please drop them off! I really need more stockings! There's a Marine here in Poway who has three daughters she'll be away from during the holidays. There are 180 Marines in her unit. It would be really cool to get her 3 daughters involved and sent those stockings!
These awesome stockings are being delivered by an Army soldier from San Diego this year! He's involved the USO and the stockings will be delivered by helicopter to guys in FOBs. It's so cool!!
What goes in a great stocking?
All snack must be individually wrapped and must be named brand. All snacks must be made in the U.S.A.
Some of the favorites: Pringles, Oreos, granola bars, trail mix, soup cups, chocolate chip cookies
All hygiene items must be travel or small size. I will only send name brands and they must be made in the U.S.A. Please, no hotel bottles. No conditioner.
Some of the favorites: Gold Bond powder, Colgate or Crest, good toothbrush (name brand), Dove or Irish Spring soap, small shampoos for normal hair
This year I'll be collecting stockings from now through November 22nd. I have $300 to use to send stocking and I can fit about 30 stocking in a box. I'm planning on sending a few hundered this year (a lot less than the 1,802 stockings last year). If I'm not home, stockings can be left on my porch in the big box. There will be a sign-in sheet on the clip board.