Stockings for the Troops

We have shipped thousands of stockings to our Troops
for this year . . . thank you for your support and generosity!

The stocking project team would like to thank all the volunteers and groups that put in countless hours to help make 2013 another successful year. Because of your hard work and dedication we have 4,200 filled stockings that will be in the hands of our troops in time.

Many of our troops serving in dangerous locations will be spending Christmas away from their families and friends. Operation Support Our Troops, America likes to help make their holidays a little brighter by sending each name on our list a box full of stockings. They have some to share, and are lovingly reminded that America has not forgotten them.

There are numerous ways that you can help us reach our goal of sending 5,000 filled stockings to our troops again this year.

For those who like to sew, we have a stocking pattern available. We ask that you only use the pattern we designed as it fits inside our mailing box.

Organize a collection drive at work, school, church, club, neighborhood, etc. Please see our “wish list” below. Although most of us aren’t thinking about Christmas in September, this is when we begin filling our stockings in order to get them to the troops by December. Please contact collections@osotamerica.org  to schedule a drop off.

We love to have groups come in to help fill stockings. It is a lot of fun working on this project knowing that you will be responsible for the smiles on the faces of our troops. All volunteers that wish to participate must be at least 12 yrs. old.

Along with every stocking we send is a letter bag filled with signed Christmas cards, blank Christmas cards for the troops to send back home to loved ones, and letters of holiday cheer and appreciation. This is a great activity for those that are unable to get to the warehouse as they can be mailed. Pictures and cards made by children are especially popular with the troops.

Please email Nancy at stockings4troops@osotamerica.orgfor further information.

The "Goodtimers Club" of Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette, Illinois supported our troops with a little cheer on Monday, July 22 by writing messages to the troops on the back of Christmas stockings. The stockings were specially sewn by the Quad Cities Angels Sewing Group. One side had Christmas fabric the other side was plain. Approximately 50 members participated in this event. Members also made monetary donations as well as bringing items to fill the stockings. Bob Slowinski made a 12" stained glass wreath as a door prize.

Our 2013 Christmas Wish List

  • Hand Warmers
  • New DVD’s and CD’s
  • ITune Cards
  • Individually wrapped Slim Jims and Beef Jerky
  • Individually wrapped Twizzlers
  • Small bags of Trail Mix and Nuts
  • Individual packs of Cookies, Rice Krispie Bars and Granola Bars
  • Fruit Snacks or Roll-ups
  • Small puzzle books
  • AA & AAA batteries
  • Mints and Candy Canes
  • Unbreakable ornaments
  • Cards and Letters to the troops

Stocking Workshop:  October 3rd and 5th

Our stocking project manager, Nancy Baier reports that the Stocking Workshop is up and running. Members wishing to help this Thursday, Oct 3 from 10 am – noon or Saturday, Oct 5 from 9 am to 1 pm should come to Suite F in the 1989 Building. Thanks to Kevin, Patricia and Christy Krause, Ron Belanger, Betty Krupp, Nancy Baier, and Sue Liston for all their work in fixing up Suite F and preparing it for its conversion to Santa’s workshop. It is a lot of fun filling those stockings, knowing that we are responsible for the smiles on the faces of our troops when they open the boxes.

 

A special thanks to Villa St. Benedict who has graciously hosted our stocking project for the last several years. They collected 70 lbs and $326 for purchasing stocking fillers. Their staff still wanted to help fill Christmas stockings even though we weren’t packing on the grounds of VSB this year. They came on Friday, October 25th. Kathy, pictured in the large group picture holding the Santa Certificate is the CEO/Administrator and every year she gives the staff an hour off to work the project.