The troops overseas need to know they are appreciated no matter what time of year it is. The knitters and members of Operation Holiday Stockings have just stuffed 67 stockings to send to the troops in a mortuary unit in Afghanistan in time for Armed Forces Day. They are looking at providing at least 3,300 stockings for Christmas. Their story and stocking directions can be found at www.operationholidaystockings.com.
I spent the afternoon with these folks and what a feeling of purpose and caring for our troops! They have collected articles to put in the stockings: candy, lip balm, razors, toothbrushes, gum, tubes of drink mixes, little toys, etc. They get people around the U.S. to knit the stockings. Money is collected for postage; it takes about $1.50 to mail each stocking. They do boxes of 30 that cost about $40 to mail.
At Christmas they also include a Christmas card with a note — so they can use any cards you have lying around! If you have any yarn you are trying to find a home for, give it to them! The stockings do not have to be red and green — any and all colors of yarn are great. If you would like to donate any of these items or money for postage, e-mail Sue, the coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com. It is not too early to get knitting so the troops have something from home for the holidays!
I invite all of you to the Memorial Day service at Sequim View Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28. VFW Chaplain Dale Butler has the lead this year. Bring a chair and water. After this service the American Legion will conduct services at Jamestown, Dungeness and Blue Mountain. The VFW will go to Gardiner.
Sunday morning flags will be placed on the graves marked as being service personnel. The flags will remain until Monday afternoon. If you would like to help place/pick up flags or have questions about the services, call me at 683-6419. The families appreciate your show of respect for their service person, as do the living veterans who attend. Please take an hour to honor the men and women who served your country.