CHRISTMAS STOCKING PROJECT
you" to everyone who participated in Operation Christmas Stocking.
This mission was completed on November 8, 2005.
I want to
make you aware of a Christmas project and ask for your support. Please
forward this to your address book and if you can, get your church, your
local schools, your co-workers, anyone you can think of, involved in packing
a Christmas stocking for our military and civilians working in Afghanistan.
As most of you know, I try to spend all my holidays with the troops deployed
to remote areas overseas. Last Thanksgiving, I fully intended to return to
Iraq but was told that those serving in Afghanistan feel that they are the "forgottten
War". We went to Afghanistan for 2 weeks during the Thanksgiving Holidays
and we visited remote bases. Many of the remote camps do not have a DFAC,
(dining facility), port-a-potties, Base Exchanges, etc.
Below is information on a project that was designed to put a PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS
STOCKING in the hands of every military person and civilian serving in
DEADLINE TO RECEIVE THE STOCKINGS WAS NOVEMBER 8TH.
IF WE RECEIVED MORE THAN 17,000, THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE LOCAL
CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN. A LIST OF ITEMS WHICH CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE
MILITARY AND SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE STOCKINGS IS SHOWN BELOW:
Flammable and combustible liquids and solids
Sharp pointed instruments
Lewd or pornographic matter
Matter inciting violence
Sexually oriented advertisements (material)
Politically, socially, or racially offensive items
Candy cigarettes, cakes with alcohol
Sand and/or soil
Pork or pork products
Many of the Camps don't have a base exchange which means they can't even buy
the simplest "amenities". Here's some suggestions:
Any nonperishable food items (cookies, candy, gum, granola bars -- always
small individual packages of kleenix
disposable cameras (take a photo of the person packing the camera and then
put it in the stocking!)
pen/mechanical pencil (with lead)
small flashlight with a BLUE bulb -- not WHITE
small alarm clock
AT&T calling cards
tiny little "personal" fan
clip on lights
Tourist type" items indigenous to your area: -- playing cards, Yo-yos,
harmonicas, guitar picks
Use your imagination!
THANKS FOR JOINING ME IN THIS WONDERFUL