Holidays 2012: Troops receiving stockings from the Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region
Donations currently being accepted at Lee and Collier County
Red Cross Offices
Many of our local troops will be spending the holidays away from their families and friends and the American Red Cross would like to make their holiday a little brighter. Red Cross volunteers will be preparing holiday stockings to be sent and distributed to the U.S. military to demonstrate support for our local troops who serve overseas.
The annual “Stockings for the Troops” event would not be possible without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers and organizers who helped ship more than 60 boxes containing over 1,000 stockings last year.
Over a thousand stockings are hand-sewn by veteran Red Cross volunteer, Helga Schoenlagel, who begins the process in early spring each year.
“Please help us bring a smile and touch of home to our local service members who are currently serving our country this holiday season. As a former Marine who served in Iraq, I always cherished care packages from the community,” said Jeremy Gentile, American Red Cross, Armed Forces Coordinator.
To ensure that the stockings arrive in time for the holidays, the drop-off deadline date for donations is Monday, November 4. This will allow volunteer’s time to sort, stuff stockings and prepare items to be shipped.
Monetary donations are currently being sought to help cover the cost of purchasing additional items that have been requested.
The following items are being solicited and have been requested by the military:
- Entertainment items – playing cards, movie DVD’s, puzzle books, small Nerf footballs, iTunes cards
- Powdered drink mixes, dry snacks (dry roasted nuts, dried fruit, granola)
- Travel size hand sanitizer, individual tissue packs and pre-moistened baby wipes
- Sunglasses (UV-rated), lip balm
- Individually wrapped hard candies, gum, beef jerky
- Sample sized – hand cream, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner
- Tuna – canned and pouched
- Cards and letters of appreciation
Donations can be dropped off at the Lee and Collier Red Cross office locations:
Lee County Red Cross Collier County Red Cross
7051 Cypress Terrace #110 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907 Naples, FL 34119
The public are invited to assist in stocking sorting and stocking stuffing. Those who are interested must sign up in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stocking Sorting: November 5, 6 & 7
Collier County Red Cross
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Naples, FL 34119
Stocking Stuffing: November 8
1370 Creekside Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108
Stockings for the Troops is sponsored by Arthrex, Inc.