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