Dear 2020 "Stockings For Soldiers Friends:
Please excuse the delay in getting our Year End Report to you all. Despite all the confusion over the Covid restrictions, our wonderful Stockings Team worked so hard to accomplish so much for our members of the military deployed all over the world. THANK YOU, to all our fabulous volunteers who helped us have such a terrific 17th year of sending our special stockings to our wonderful troops so they knew 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, kindness, patience, sense of humor and Volunteer Spirit. We Did It Together. This year was definitely "different", but we would never let anything stop us from sending our love and hugs to our troops. This year was one of our very BEST YEARS EVER!!!
Our 17th Annual "Stockings For Soldiers" community project was a wonderful success. Despite all the Covid restrictions, we were able to send over 6,700 special 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 over 800 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, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, South Korea, Bahrain, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, the US Texas Border and parts unknown. We sent to 28 different zip codes and supported 67 different groups who requested our stockings.
Our 2020 Official Stats:
THANKS to all the great donations of US flags and our great Star Packs Team Leaders, we sent over 5,000 Star Packs. We also sent over 6,700 personal greeting cards and many hundreds of letters of appreciation from children from many, many schools. THANKS to the great teachers who helped their students still send us their letters when the schools were so impacted by Covid. Unfortunately, we were NOT able to send our polar fleece blankets this year, but our deep appreciation always goes to the POLARTEC Company for always sending us their beautiful fleece for our troops. We also sent over 400 knitted hats for our troops. As in the past, we were able to donate some of our stockings to Veteran's Hospitals so our Veterans could have a festive Christmas celebration this year.
We sent a limited amount of K9 Goodies to the American Embassy in Baghdad. Thanks to those who helped us to do that. We can never forget our canine heroes.
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 the bottom of this post are a few of the notes of appreciation received back from our troops. All of their notes will be posted under the "Thank You's" section of our website. 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 were so happy to receive our Goodies. Because of our combined efforts, we were able to touch the hearts of almost Seven 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 from all of you. THANK YOU ...
Thank You so very much to the generous and wonderful owners of The Brandywine Town Center. We are very grateful to the terrific folks at The Acadia Realty Trust Corp ♥ who allowed us to use their fabulous space for our project once again this year. Very Special THANKS to Ashley O., John D., Karalynn H., and Debbie L. for all their wonderful kindness to us. Thank You to our new neighbor, The Guitar Center, for all their great assistance.
Our sincere THANKS go to the wonderful and generous members of the Rotary Clubs of District 7630 Area 10 and Area 20 and surrounding Rotary Clubs. Their support has been invaluable for all these years.
Our sincere THANKS go to the wonderful Chesapeake Bay Area Girl Scout 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 have helped us so much in so many ways. They were invaluable in helping our project to finish on time.
A special THANKS goes to Christine Kubik and in year's past, Dawn Peet, for their years of assisting us to contact the deployed members of the military from the National Guard from all over the US to be included in our project. This year, we were able to once again support deployed National Guard troops.
Our sincere THANKS go to the wonderful State Office of Volunteerism (SOV) and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and their 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. We are grateful to Ann Gorrin and her great Team in Sussex County and Dr. Walker in New Castle County for all their great assistance. They helped us to receive so many, many donations, from the entire State of Delaware. 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, Roberta Bass and her fabulous and generous family members, our great Millsboro friends 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 much.
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 our Wonderful Team Leaders for making everything look so "easy". Here is our Winning Team:
2020 - The proud accomplishments of our volunteers include:
Here are just a few of the first notes from our deployed troops that we just received:
Thank you so much for your time and support in putting together the Christmas stockings for us. I'm sure many people were involved in making this special touch of home happen for us. It was a great to wake up on Christmas morning and have a full stocking hanging in the room. We are so blessed to serve a country and, in a time, when our service members are well looked after. Your support is greatly appreciated.
I just wanted to write and thank you for sending the stockings to my daughter Jackie H. and her troops. She said they were thrilled and so excited to get them. It was very nice of your group to send them. You all are very much appreciated. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas.
God Bless, Lisa H.
Super Special note from a few years ago:
"... 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.
My unit received your Stockings before Christmas. They really helped a lot. We have a lot of newly married soldiers including myself, so this Christmas was not easy. These stockings were enjoyable to open. Thank you so very much
This is a great note that tells us all so much about how the project touches hearts:
Good morning Judy Travis,
I wanted to reach out and express my gratitude for you and all of those who helped put together the Christmas Stockings for my soldiers. Every soldier was ecstatic to receive a personal stocking which had their name on it. For many soldiers, this was the only gift they received, and it meant so much to them. Please share with all of those involved in this wonderful organization you have, that we appreciate all that you do to support us oversees. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and may God continue to bless you all!
Very Respectfully, Charles B., CPT, AV, HHC Commander, 1-10 ARB
Hello Again, Stockings For Soldiers FRIENDS:
Be sure to look for all our troop photos & their notes to us at our website soon.
It has been such a wonderful honor for me to coordinate this great project and to work with so many exceptionally great folks. Thank You to all our volunteers who have helped us to send some special 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.
501.c.3 Tax ID # 27-0604668
1911 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19810
A New deadline to receive your beautiful homemade stockings:
Your stockings are sooo beautiful!!!
A special THANK YOU to all our amazing sewing volunteers. YES - Please be sure to swe stockings for us in 2021. Please send them to us eariler.
We need to receive the stockings before Oct. 31st 2021.
Any stockings received in late November 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 the same cotton only fabric on both sides and using only plain felt for the cuff, so they can fit into a 2 gallon zip lock bag. Please measure your old patterns. THANKS so much.
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 stocking was the only gift they received for Christmas.
This special photo was received last year.
Please remember to keep our troops in your thoughts & prayers
THANK YOU, Everyone!!! See you in October 2021
Special Guests Over The Years
Delaware's Gov. John Carney
Delaware's Gov. John Carney & his wife Tracey
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.