Hello Friends, Sunday, my husband and I attended “Operation Thank You” to our military that was sponsored by Redhook Brewery and Sig Sauer and many more businesses in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It has been going on for ten years. Well, I met a new friend, Glen…..he was so awesome. He is retired Marine, and I saw him talking to two women at the Pease Greeter’s Booth. He talked and talked and I just had a feeling that he wanted to talk some more. I walked up to him and asked him his name and thanked him for his service. His eyes brightened up and he continued to talk to me. I asked him a few questions, and he picked up the ball from there. I told him that my dad was in the Marines and fought in Iwo Jima. He told me so much about that battle and then how he went to China and was in charge of “secret missions” and he proceeded to tell me a little bit about them. He fought in WWII. He cried as he spoke and then told me that he helped sponsor this event to pay back his brothers and also has sponsored two platoons in Afghanistan currently. He goes around singing to troops as well, and even sang me a song. He was an inspiration to me and I said to myself, I need to do more. There are so many faces out there that want to share their stories……..as did my friend’s dad last week in my blog. As I was writing this, I was thinking that I should be talking about another topic, however, I felt the need to talk about my new friend and his mission. As we are trying to cool off in the 90 degree weather and we are enjoying the summer here in New England, or wherever, yes, we are planning Christmas for our military. Below is an email for us here in New Hampshire. Please make it a point to read this and participate. Wherever you live, there is a group that is planning something and Santa’s Elves are starting to get busy…..please, please make a note to donate!!! Thank you for all you do for our military……our freedom is not Free………………………Mitzi
*Hi All, we have been doing Christmas Stocks and Grab bags for the troops since November 2009.
Last year we got almost 5,000 Christmas stockings & grab bags, just from this email list…. Drop off whenever you have any stockings done, so we can start counting !!! I know of several greeters who have been doing stocking since January. Please forward to anyone who you think might want to help with this fun project for the Troops.
Christmas Stockings, Deadline November 1, stockings Must be RED, WHITE, and BLUE. They can be knitted, crotched, sewed, quilted, store bought and decorated. Please make sure you put a LOOP to hang them.
Christmas Grab bags for the Stockings can be dropped off any time at our home , and/or put in our truck at flights, just small treats in plastic sandwich bags NOT ZIP LOCK, tied with a Red, White or Blue ribbon. Please do not put them in the Stockings. 3 or 4 items in each bag, some ideas below…..
BIG RED GUM
CERTS BREATH MINTS
PRETZELS OR CRACKERS WITH CHEESE DIPPER
BEEF JERKY CHEWS
BEEF JERKY PACKS
PACKS SALTY PEANUTS
PACKS, NUTS, RAISINS & CRANBERRIES
PACKS SMOKED ALMONDS
SMALL BOTTLES HAND SANTIZER
SMALL PACKS OF COOKIES
BAGS OF FRUIT SNACKS, CHECK OUNCES
DRINK MIXES FOR WATER BOTTLES
Jo Anne Schottler
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885