Mark your calendar for tomorrow, September 15.
That's the date when you can go online to Operation Give and participate in Operation Christmas Stocking by purchasing a pre-filled Christmas stocking or gift bag of goodies for deployed American trrops.
That's the "no-excuse" way of participating in this effort, co-sponsored by Operation Give and Target. Their goal: Put one of these Christmas stockings, bags or gifts into the hands of all 100,000+ deployed soldiers. Last year, they shipped 50,000 tons of them overseas!
If you prefer to buy or make your own stocking or gift bag, you can take advantage of Operation Christmas Stocking's partnership with Fed Ex to ship yours to their base of operations in Salt Lake City (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for shipping instructions). Here are a few suggestions from Operation Christmas Stocking for things to put in your Christmas stocking or gift bag:
|Hand sanitizer||Deodorant||Travel clock|
|Wet Ones||Lotion||Playing cards|
|Chap stick||Eye Drops||Sunglasses|
|Shaving Cream||Diposable razors||Small flashlight|
|Sunscreen||Lip balm||Small multi-tool|
|Clip-on Lights||AT&T Calling cards||Dominos|
|Tiny personal fan||Pen/Mechanical pencil||Small picture frames|
|Toothbrush/paste||Dental floss||individual pkg. of tissue|
|Inflatable beach ball|
If your organization, office or family is looking for a fall project, why not this one? Just think of all the fun you'll have building your stockings, and the satisfaction of putting a smile on the face of deployed soldiers this Christmas. Just remember, they have to be in the Salt Lake City Warehouse before November 1, when they'll be shipped overseas.
BUT - if you don't have time to do this for our troops, go online to Operation Christmas Stocking to buy one after September 15.