Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Why we do what we do.
This year is the first year we have had a website just for Operation Holiday Stockings, thanks to our Webmaster Joey. Through the site, I have heard from our soldiers directly. Let me share some of the comments I have received, and then you will know why we do what we do.
First let me tell you thank you for the support. It's nice to know people are still there for us. This is my fourth deployment and I am wondering how do you decide who to send to. I am deployed in Iraq and I was wondering how I go about putting me and my troops on your list for some stockings. I am sure they would appreciate them. Any information would be greatly appreciated. God bless.
I am currently serving in Afghanistan and was put to the task of Christmas decoration and logistics. We have a team of around XX Soldiers here. We are … away from the rest of our units. We would appreciate anything that you can do for us. Thanks again for everything you do to support the Soldiers.
We are currently deployed to Afghanistan. I was talking with a friend and they told me about Operation Holiday Stocking. I currently have about XX Soldiers within our company and we would love if they could each receive a stocking. Also I would like to take time out to thank you and your staff for what you do in supporting soldiers.
As hard as it may be to believe, there are many soldiers who never hear from someone at home, and the holidays are the hardest for them to be ignored.
Everyone involved in Operation Holiday Stockings remembers these soldiers. We are a small group made up of those making the stockings, those collecting the items for the stockings, those stuffing and packing the boxes to send to our troops, and those organizing collection drives. We have knitting guilds, moms and grandmas, sisters and brothers, wives and husbands, dads and grandpas, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, classrooms, and service groups, all working for this project. We have people collecting toiletries while traveling, and collecting loose change for OHS. We have businesses who donate quantity items for this project, and cash for postage. In other words, we have a lot of people who care and who refuse to forget our troops in harm's way.
We are up to 1257 stockings with more on their way. I am sure we will reach our goal of 1700 this year. None of the volunteers participating in this project want any of our troops to be without a stocking, and we've committed to 1700, so 1700 is what we will have.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, and be sure to give thanks for the men and women who have taken on the task of protecting the freedoms we have.