New Year 2019 & THANKS so much
Dear 2018 "Stockings For Soldiers" Friends:
Wow... We had so many wonderful Assistant Elves this year. THANK YOU fabulous volunteers who helped us to have such a terrific 15th year of sending our special stockings to our wonderful troops so they will know that the Great Folks in Delaware and all over America are thinking of them. THANKS so much, everyone, for all your donations, contributions, hard work, good will, thoughtfulness, sense of humor and volunteer spirit. We Did It Together. This was our BEST YEAR EVER!!!
Our 15th Annual "Stockings For Soldiers" community project has sent over 10,000 personalized stockings to our troops. We're so proud to know that so many of our brave members of the military will know how much we respect and appreciate all they are doing for our Great Country.
We sent 1,400 boxes, filled with all the great goodies that you all donated for the stockings. This year, our stockings went to our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Djibouti, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, GITMO in Cuba, South Korea, Japan, Bahrain and parts unknown. We sent to 46 different zip codes and supported 145 different groups who requested our stockings.
Our Official Stats:
volunteer elves - sent over 10,000
homemade, personalized Christmas stockings packed in 1,400
boxes that weighed over 45,500
came from Delaware, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, and from ALL
over America. In addition, we sent 2,200
small polar fleece blankets, 7,400 Star Packs, and over 400
for our troops. We also sent over 10,000
personal greeting cards
hundreds of letters
from children from many, many schools. In addition, we donated
over 1,000 of our stockings to
several Military organizations so our vets could have a festive
Christmas celebration this year.
We were, once again, so glad to be able to send almost 1,400 lbs. of stockings and Goodies in 47 Boxes for our K9 Soldiers and their handlers in 4 different locations. Thanks to all the wonderful donations that we received, we were again able to also make some donations to our local K9 Heroes and their handlers here with the Wilmington City Police, Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police and some local shelters. We can never forget our canine heroes. THANK YOU all for your generosity for our K9 Soldiers.
Our Stocking project was such a Team Effort. Each and every person has played a very important part in its success. We could not have succeeded without everyone's help. Sincere Thanks go to all our 1,000+ kind and generous local volunteers and our great friends who live far from here, but who have sent us their donations and contributed greatly to the success and completion of this community project.
At this time, I would like to mention just a few of our special friends. I appreciate everything that all of you did to work so hard, so quickly, so efficiently and so successfully. I know our troops are so grateful and will be so happy to receive our Goodies. Because of our combined efforts, we will be able to touch the hearts of over Ten Thousand of our most precious young men and women who are bravely serving their country.
Please accept our deepest THANKS for each and every donation, contribution and good wish that we received. THANK YOU.
Thank You so very much to the generous owners of our new location in the Plaza III Shopping Center: Louis Capano & The Capano Company have been so wonderful to provide a NEW LOCATION for our project. They vound us a new fabulous home and they were so wonderful to do that for us. THANK YOU to Brian K. for taking such good care of us. Thank You to Chris P., owner of Anytime Fitness for donating their furniture to our project. Thank You to our new neighbors, Sarah from the Comic Book Shop, Joanne from Sanctuary Spa, The Goat Restaurant and the Ricciardi Brothers for their patience and kindness. Again, our deep appreciation goes to Louis Capano III, Brian Kohut and Rep. Debbie Hudson, for making it possible for all our volunteers to work in such a fabulous environment. We are so very grateful for their tremendous generosity.
Our sincere THANKS go to the wonderful and generous members of the Rotary Clubs of District 7630, Area 10 and Area 20. Their support has been invaluable for all these years.
go to the wonderful Chesapeake
Bay Area Girl Scouts and our Boy Scout volunteers. These
terrific leaders have been so important to us because they are teaching
their Scouts the importance of volunteering. Their enthusiasm,
helpfulness and hard work are so much appreciated.
Our sincere THANKS go to the wonderful members of the RC Dupont American Legion Post # 18 of Claymont. These special friends made sure that our “Packing Dept.” ran smoothly and efficiently. They were the ones receiving the stockings and packing up all the boxes. They were invaluable in helping our stockings to get into the right boxes with their enthusiasm, helpfulness and hard work.
A special THANK YOU also goes to Dawn Peet, for her years of assisting us to contact the deployed National Guard troops from all over the US to be included in our project. This year Christine Kubick took over that job and we are so very grateful to her for helping us so much. This year, we supported deployed National Guard troops from over 10 states.
go to the wonderful Volunteer
Delaware 50+ organization (formerly RSVP). This wonderful group
of folks in all 3 Delaware counties set up collection boxes at many
locations for our project. So many wonderful volunteers made a
tremendous amount of donations. It was such an important part of the
project. In addition, we had so many wonderful Sussex Country residents
who worked so hard for our troops. Special THANKS to
Marianne & Carl Sheran for spearheading so many collection drives,
Jane Starr and the Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach
and Maureen Walker and the Millville-By-The-Sea Community for all their
fabulous donations as well as so many new friends who helped us so
Our sincere THANKS go to over 1,000+ hard working volunteers who came to our Stocking Store to donate their time, purchase goodies for our troops, donate needed funds and who brought a cheerful, happy-to-help attitude. Thank You to all these new friends and to our dedicated Team Leaders who maintained the continuity needed throughout the week and who worked so hard to keep this community project going. Our community endeavor was tremendously successful because friendly folks of like-minded attitudes all worked together, beautifully, to achieve such a high level of success and cooperation. My deepest THANKS to these wonderful people for making everything look so "easy". Our winning team:
** This year, our Stockings
For Soldiers project
was proud to honor our Team Leader, Jennie Burke, who
was a very special Team Leader with us for many
years. So sad, she passed away in October and we will all miss
her so much.
A Big Welcome to our new 2019 Team Leaders:
The proud accomplishments of our volunteers include:
Here are just a few of the first notes from our deployed troops that we received:
To the Stockings for Soldiers Team, Thank you so much for our
personalized stockings! You lifted the spirits of all my medics and
staff here at the aid station and we will be sharing the extras with
ill or injured soldiers less fortunate than us this Christmas! The
socks and goodies were all a big hit!
Thank you again, LTC Jacqueline O.
“… Any little act of kindness goes a long way and we all greatly appreciate you (all) and all of the time and effort you put into making these packages. I personally had grown up in Foster Care and I have never had a stocking before let alone one with my name on it. My appreciation to you (all) can not be explained in words. My wife had sent a package but it will not be here before Christmas. I am excited now that I have something that I can open on Christmas. Thank you…” J.G.
…. You will never know how much you have blessed our lives. May
you and your team be blessed in return this holiday season.
Respectfully, MAJ King, 1-158 IN
Ms. Russo, Ms. Travis
Good morning from the Middle East.
COL Doug O., myself and the entire team of the 398th FMSC would like to express our heartfelt gratitude
for your knitted offerings along with the stocking and many boxes of goodies that your afforded us. The
team you have their taking care of our troops, by dedicating their time, efforts, donations and such is truly overwhelming. The gift of Love and Appreciation that your organization has shown to us during this Holiday season is unmatched. We cannot say thank you enough! Please thank your entire team of Stocking for Soldiers, West Point Parents Club of Delaware, all the Rotary Clubs, the Girl Scouts, and the friends and neighbors that were a part of this.
We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year!
V/r, Barry M. B.
We wanted to say Thank
You from the bottom of
Be sure to look for all of our troop photos & their notes to us
under the "Thank You's" menu
Hugs and Smiles to our troops deployed all over the world, proudly representing America.
They all know that it is not about candy, cookies or Beanie Babies, it’s about what’s in your hearts.
Thank You, everyone, for all your continued support.
With much appreciation and gratitude and hope to see you all next year,
Project Founder & Coordinator
STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS - Delaware, Inc.
A special ALERT for our wonderful sewing volunteers:
Your stockings are sooo beautiful!!!
to all our amazing sewing
volunteers. Yes - Please be
sure to sew stockings for us for next year,
of stockings sent to us
because we have so many stockings leftover to be
used next year.
NOTE: We need to receive the
Oct. 1th to Oct. 31st
Any stockings received after
Oct. 31st will have to be stored for the following year. We
hope you all will remember to follow our request to
make the finished stockings
15" high by 9" wide, using only cotton
fabric and only plain felt
for the cuff,
so they can fit into a 2 gallon ziplock bag.
We will be sending support to our troops as long as they are deployed in Service to America. And we hope you will remember, for some of these troops, our personalized stockings will be the only gift they will receive for Christmas.
photo was received a few years ago. I keep wondering, where are
the camels going???
THANK YOU, Everyone!!!
Special Guests Over The Years
Delaware's Gov. John Carney & his wife, Tracey helping our project to support our troops
Delaware State Police Troop #1
Gov. Jack Markell and
Mrs. Judy Faunce, one of Delaware's special Gold Star Mothers
We would not be successful without the support of the business community and individuals.