I got a phone call last night from Major Rick's Mom, Virginia. They got their stockings.
First I should tell you a little about Major Rick. For security reasons I need to be vague. He and his soldiers are currently in a very dangerous location. While out on a mission, they got word that their "camp" was blown up by enemy fire and several soldiers were killed. On the 23rd Major Rick called his wife to let her know he was alright and that it would be a while before anyone heard from them. Virginia was concerned our box of stockings was lost and that the love they carried with them wouldn't be delivered to the soldiers.
Last night Virginia called me to say that her son just called and told her they got our stockings. He is so grateful. He passed them out to his soldiers and they all had a bit of Christmas. They were "tickled pink" and had a great time checking out what each stocking contained. It really lifted their spirits and morale to know that we care. He told Virginia he couldn't really describe how much the stockings meant to him and his soldiers. He thanks us so very, very much. He said he would contact me when he has access to the internet.
Ladies, this is why we have Operation Holiday Stockings. To let our soldiers know we love them, care about them, support them, and pray for them. Just one little stocking filled with goodies can lift a soldier's morale.
Yes, there will be OHS 2008. Why? For the soldiers like Major Rick.
Have a blessed New Year and everyone stay in touch. Start knitting, crocheting, sewing and decorating!