Operation Christmas Stocking

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Mark your calendar for tomorrow, September 15.

That's the date when you can go online to Operation Give and participate in Operation Christmas Stocking by purchasing a pre-filled Christmas stocking or gift bag of goodies for deployed American trrops.

That's the "no-excuse" way of participating in this effort, co-sponsored by Operation Give and Target.  Their goal: Put one of these Christmas stockings, bags or gifts into the hands of all 100,000+ deployed soldiers.  Last year, they shipped 50,000 tons of them overseas!

If you prefer to buy or make your own stocking or gift bag, you can take advantage of Operation Christmas Stocking's partnership with Fed Ex to ship yours to their base of operations in Salt Lake City (contact operationgive@comcast.net for shipping instructions). Here are a few suggestions from Operation Christmas Stocking for things to put in your Christmas stocking or gift bag:

Say Thanks

Christmas Cards Socks Harmonica
CD's/DVD's Games Yo-yo
Hand sanitizer Deodorant Travel clock
Wet Ones Lotion Playing cards
Chap stick Eye Drops Sunglasses
Shampoo/conditioner Bug spray Calendar
Shaving Cream Diposable razors Small flashlight
Sunscreen Lip balm Small multi-tool
Clip-on Lights AT&T Calling cards Dominos
Tiny personal fan Pen/Mechanical pencil Small picture frames
Toothbrush/paste Dental floss individual pkg. of tissue
Inflatable beach ball

If your organization, office or family is looking for a fall project, why not this one?  Just think of all the fun you'll have building your stockings, and the satisfaction of putting a smile on the face of deployed soldiers this Christmas.  Just remember, they have to be in the Salt Lake City Warehouse before November 1, when they'll be shipped overseas.

BUT - if you don't have time to do this for our troops, go online to Operation Christmas Stocking to buy one after September 15.

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Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Military Residential Specialist (MilRES®)
(410) 451-6245    mwoda@mris.com

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Angelia Garcia
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That is very nice.  I hope this year more can be sent out so no one gets left out.

September 14, 2008 09:00 AM #1
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Kris Wales
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Margaret, so many people are under the misconception that our troops have ready access to commissarys and such while they are overseas.

Many do not.

I've marked my calendar, thank you.  I've also jotted a mental list of things I would like to purchase to gift to these fine men and women who are so far away from home for us.

September 14, 2008 09:09 AM #2
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Cindy Jones
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Margaret-thanks for the reminder.  I'm part of a group that collects paperback books and used DVD's to ship over to the troops and as far as I'm concerned you can never do enough to support the troops or the families of deployed troops.

September 14, 2008 09:24 AM #3
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Lisa Long
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This is an awesome way to give back. I will include my kids. Can I post this on my blog site "You Blog" ?

September 14, 2008 11:00 AM #4
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Sherry Peckhoon Sim
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Hi Margaret, thanks for the post and reminder that we should never forget our troops.  They do need our support.  Our club, works with a local support group, who sends these necessities and other goodies to the troops on a regular basis. We should remember them particular during the holidays.

September 14, 2008 01:56 PM #5
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Sherry, that's awesome! 

Lisa, yes, of course - I'll check to make sure I've checked "re-blog" so you can just do that instead of having to re-frame it.

Cindy - How about a local ActiveRain workshop... we each bring $50 worth of goodies to fill stockings or gift bags?

Kris - I'm torn - a gift donation makes it easy and done.  But I think it would be fun to participate in a stocking-stuffing workshop, such as the one I proposed to Cindy.

Angelia - Spread the word in your community!  I learned about this from my local salon, where they had a huge display in their retail area of appropriate things to include in stockings and gift packages.

September 14, 2008 02:14 PM #6
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Diane Aurit
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Margaret, thank you for sharing this great information with us.  I have a client who will be heading back for his second tour in a month or so.  I don't know how is family copes but they do.  BTW, I hope your family in Texas are okay?

September 14, 2008 04:00 PM #7
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Diane, yes thank you!  My son in Houston has no power, but no flooding in his immediate area and all fallen trees missed his house.  He hasn't had a chance to check his downtown office yet, as fallen trees block his driveway and street.  My daughter in DFW experienced only rain and high winds, but no power outage or other issues.  I appreciate your asking. 

As to your client's family, why not share this information with them, or organize a workshop in your neighborhood or office to fill stockings, and include them?  That show of support would probably mean a great deal to them and cement them as clients for life.

September 14, 2008 04:23 PM #8
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Judy Tuscano
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Margaret - this is a great way for us to show our gratitude to our men and women in the military. Thanks for sharing.

September 14, 2008 04:35 PM #9
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Thanks for the reminder.  We all get so wrapped up in our day-to-day issues that we tend to forget the folks that protect the many freedoms we have in this country.

September 14, 2008 05:53 PM #10
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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Margaret- What an awesome way to thank our troops and show them our loving support for all they do every single day for our freedom. Thank you for sharing this post and I flagged it for a star because many people should get involved with this.

September 14, 2008 05:55 PM #11
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Katerina - And a great project for home-schoolers, don't you think?

Chris - So true!

Judy - Thanks for your support.  Please spread the word!

September 14, 2008 06:13 PM #12
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Hi Margaret,

Thanks for posting the reminder. This is a great cause, one that is so well received during the Holidays!

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Margaret - great reminder.  This is something everyone can and should participate in.  Those young men and women are far from home at a time when we're meant to all be around the home fires.  This will help bring a little ray of sunshine when they need it!  If you don't mind, I would love to reblog this.

September 16, 2008 04:49 AM #14
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Jesse - Go for it!  I hope someone reblogs it every week until Nov. 1!

Hal - Thanks for commenting

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Alright, I must be getting stupid and senile.  I can not for the life of me figure out how to reblog this.  We were on vacation when they rolled this little feature out, so if you have any clues I would loooove to hear them.

Dense in Fairbanks :)

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