How To Help

Here are some of the many ways you can personally contribute to the success of this year's Stockings For Soldiers project:

Donate items that go into our stockings
Since we send out roughly 10,000 stockings a year, we need about the same amount of every item on our shopping list to go into the stockings. Please donate items for our stockings and consider organizing a collection campaign at your school, church, synagogue, scout troop, service club, or workplace to collect items we need. Even consider holding a contest between schools, clubs, or organizations to see who can collect the most items.
Refer to the two links below for a complete list of items. This first one is in the form of a printable flyer:
The second is our wish list for "contact free shopping". The items will be mailed directly to us: Wish List  (for contact free shopping)

Receiving donated items for the stockings is a major priority and the best way to help our project.
Sew stockings
Many of our volunteers have been sewing and stockpiling stockings since January. It is important that all of the stockings be the same size and have a finished measurement of 15" by 9". Please refer to the following links respectively for all of our stocking requirements:

For easy sewing tips on making our stockings, please refer to our sewing video tutorial.
Covid Changes: Volunteering in Person at the Stocking Store
Due to Covid restrictions, we must ask everyone who wants to volunteer at our store to pre-register with us. This includes individuals as well. If you are registering more than yourself, you must include all of the names of the volunteers within your group at the time you pre-register (they do not register separately). Don't worry if the names on registration list change between the time you register and the time you actually volunteer. Simply bring an updated list with you the night you volunteer. Click on the registration link below to pre-register:  
Important: Guidelines for Volunteers and Chaperones:
  • Ages 13 - 17 must provide one adult chaperone for every four students
  • Ages 18 and up can come without supervision

  • No one younger than 13 will be allowed to work with us this year, unfortunately.
    Knit wool caps
    These are valued by our soldiers as warm winter helmet liners in the frigid mountainous regions of Afghanistan.  Please refer to our Knitting Instructions.
    Collect "gently used" music CDs, DVD movies, and paperback books
    Please no romance novels or VHS tapes.
    Covid Changes: Donate packets of Hot Chocolate instead of making "Snowman Soup" for our troops
    This year, due to Covid restrictions, we will not be able to send home made “Snowman Soup.”
    Ask your dentist to contribute toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss
    You can expedite this by volunteering to bring the donated items to the Stocking Store any time we are open.
    Write greeting cards and letters of support to our troops
    Arrange for your school, church, synagogue, scout troop, service club, or workplace to write greeting cards and letters of support to our troops. Please limit the cards written to no more than 100 per person.
    Donate used US Flags
    We are looking for "worn out" US Flags that are old and tattered and CANNOT be flown any longer. Please refer to our Donate US Flag for all of the important details.

    Important Note: In-person donations of any kind for our project must be dropped off at our Stocking Store during the hours we are open. Please see our calendar page for store hours of operation as weil as our NEW limited Daytime hours for donation drop offs. Unless special arrangments are made, this is the only time someone will be available at the Store to receive the donation(s). Donations can also be sent to our mailing address shown below:

    Stockings For Soldiers
    1911 Foulk Road
    Wilmington, DE 19810