‘Stock­ings for Sol­diers’ drive col­lects over 1,200 stock­ings

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— This year’s Stock­ing for Sol­diers project at Crouch Fu­neral Home has col­lected more than 1,200 stock­ings that will bring hol­i­day cheer to lo­cal sol­diers serv­ing abroad and vet­er­ans at home.

As of Thurs­day, 1,266 stock­ings had been col­lected for the project and more will likely come in the next sev­eral days, said Patty De­Mond, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at Crouch Fu­neral Home.

”We’re close to over 100 more than last year’s to­tal,” De­Mond said. “This was another great year.”

Last year, 1,172 stock­ings were sent to sol­diers in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq, and to vet­er­ans at Perry

NORTH EAST

Point VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

As of Wed­nes­day, stock­ings had al­ready been sent to Turkey, Kuwait, South Korea, Iraq, Jor­dan and Camp Le­je­une in North Carolina. The boxes of stock­ings were all shipped through Mail­bag Plus, De­Mond sad.

The rest of the stock­ings are slated to be sent out by the end of the week to en­sure they make it to their des­ti­na­tions by Christ­mas, she said. De­Mond said the stock­ings for vet­er­ans will be sent out next week.

The pur­pose of the drive is to send hol­i­day cheer to lo­cal ser­vice­men and women, as well as to lo­cal vet­er­ans. To par­tic­i­pate, peo­ple could pick up a stock­ing at the fu­neral home to stuff, buy a stock­ing them­selves to fill or even do­nate ex­tra items to be used to stuff stock­ings.

On Tues­day, De­Mond and six other vol­un­teers spent al­most five hours fill­ing stock­ings with those ex­tra items, she said.

De­Mond said she hopes those who are serv­ing and have served will en­joy their stock­ings and know that peo­ple are think­ing about them.

”We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing they’re do­ing, keep­ing our coun­try safe,” she said.

Pauline Mackie, the aunt of fu­neral di­rec­tor Rob Crouch, said she has vol­un­teered to help with the cause for sev­eral years.

”(I par­tic­i­pate) be­cause I think it’s a good cause,” she said. “I think it’s won­der­ful that the sol­diers are pro­tect­ing me and it’s a good way to say ‘Thank you.’”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Patty De­Mond, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant with Crouch Fu­neral Home, and Pauline Mackie, fu­neral di­rec­tor Rob Crouch’s aunt, look at some of the stock­ings col­lected for sol­diers.

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