Saturday, October 29, 2011

We Need Stockings!!!!!

Yes, it's that time of the Operation Holiday Stockings season where I start to panic.  I panic and then I have to remember that there are a lot of generous people who will be helping again this year.  But folks, WE NEED STOCKINGS.  We are committed to sending 1600 stockings to deployed troops in Afghanistan.  It is a war zone and our troops need any type of morale booster we can give them.  Our stockings, as small as they are, help and we will continue sending them as long as we have to.  So far we have about 850 stockings.  I would hate to have to refuse some of the requests we have received, the requests that are coming directly from the troops themselves.  Please let me know if you are able to help.  If you want to send us a donation for postage that will truly be appreciated.  It costs $1.00 per stocking for postage and so far we have collected $900.00. 

So many of you have already sent in stockings, items for the stockings and money for postage.  Please considered yourself hugged and THANKS. 

In the last few weeks we have received stockings, and they are all beautiful stockings.

These are from Pat in Beaverton, Oregon. 
Betty in Seattle, Washington has been knitting up a storm again this year.  Some of these have little jingle bells on them.
 The Eastside Knitting Guild in Bellevue, Washington had these for me at our meeting this week.
As well as these.
Susan B in Bellevue, Washington gave us these. 

As I have said before, I love each and every stocking, whether they are knit, crocheted, sewn or a decorated felt stocking.  I do stop and take time to look at each one and appreciate the time, love and support that is put into each stocking.  Sometimes I am overwhelmed with the love these stockings represent. 

In the meantime Katie is stuffing stockings and taking count.

For all of you who have asked about Johnny, he is doing great.  He is back to playing and taking walks without his leash or support.  He thanks all of you for caring so much about him.  He says he is a very luckly little dog to have so many friends.

As for me, I finished my sabbatical and am back to work.  David is retired and living full time at Edgar's Acres staying very busy, and hanging out with Edgar, Louie, Johnny and Abby.  I'm working four days each week in Seattle and staying with very kind and generous friends.  I don't have as much knitting time as I did earlier because I haven't figured out how to knit and drive at the same time. 

Take care my dear friends.