It’s that time of year again. We will be getting our Santa’s Workshop underway very soon and you can help in many ways. We need to start collecting the Christmas Stockings for the Troops. For questions regarding Donations of items, please contact Bonnie Keown, 303-503-7638 bonnie@AmericanPrideRealEstate.com

For our troops to get everything in time we need all items by Veterans Day (November 11, 2018). My goal this year is to send 500 stockings to the troops. You can donate filled stockings, empty stockings to be filled, items to fill stockings and / or monetary donations. One stocking or 50, one item to put into a stocking or dozens all donations are appreciated.

MY MISSION

My mission is to support the morale and wellbeing of our military member by providing a small reminder of home and that they are not forgotten during the holidays. My stockings for the troops are designed to send them items that they would not normally be able to get at their deployed bases and to bring a smile to their faces.

PERSONAL ITEMS

Troops are on their feet a lot when deployed. Accordingly, their feet take a beating. The best way for them to keep their feet dry, clean and comfortable is with clean socks and foot powder. Things like high-quality body wash, VapoRub, lip balm, and Icy Hot aren’t a necessity, but they can be a real luxury!

Things are sandy and gritty, the troops goggles often get clouded by dirt in the air. Instead of relying on a t-shirt to clean them, lens cleaning cloths and small bottles of glass cleaner come in handy. Baby wipes and sunscreen are always a good idea as the service members might need these.

SNACKS

The best way to most anyone’s heart is through their stomach, and deployed service members are no different. While there’s enough food to go around on base, much of it can be a little bland, and the variety is lacking. Hot sauce is a great commodity to have around, and the convenience of Taco Bell (or other fast food) sauce packets are great to have in the field. Similarly, many places the armed forces are deployed to are very hot, and they need to constantly remain hydrated. Flavoring packets that make water taste like lemon, strawberry or orange are ideal.

Beef jerky and sunflower seeds are great treats, but for a little bit of local flavor, try something that the troops can’t get overseas, like a bottle of barbecue sauce (or better yet, small packets from fast food locations) from a local restaurant.

SENTIMENTAL THINGS

While we all may think that all of our service members have family that are thinking about them as they are deployed, this is simply not true. Many service members come from broken homes or have no family to send them personal notes or items during the holiday, so I hope that everyone will remember that the hand-written letter could be the only personal contact some of these individuals have with anyone here state side. If nothing else write a little something on a card to be sent with the stockings.

Please contact me at 303-503-7638 for delivery/pickup instructions.

And thank so much for all of your support in the past and this year as well, being a military veteran (Navy) – wife of a veteran (Navy) – daughter of a veteran (Air Force) – sister of two veterans (Army) – and mother of four (two Army, one Navy, one Marine Corps) military members, I know each and every Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman appreciate these small tokens we send each year.