Troop Request Exceeds Operation Shoebox Financial Capabilities

45,376 Christmas Stockings ship, while 600+ cannot ship due to lack of postage funds

Online PR News – 18-December-2011 – – Contact/Interview: Mary Harper FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 352 553-9362
December 20, 2011
Troop Request exceeds Operation Shoebox FINANCIAL Capabilities
45,376 Christmas stockings mailed, 600 requests waiting

A record 47,376 US military serving away from home will receive a Christmas stocking this year thanks to Operation Shoebox, at a cost of $2.30 each for postage.  Still many will not receive a package due to a lack of funds.

This was sent by soldier who has served 3 tours and received a package:  “Receiving a care package while deployed, is like opening up a present as a kid on Christmas morning. Some Soldiers do not have a support system from the states, so to receive a package from someone they never met, makes them feel that what they are doing for their country is not in vain. Words cannot express how a Soldier lights up when they see their name on the wall for mail. At times it could be that little push you need to get through the next day or even week.” Rico Hayes, First Sergeant, US Army.

According to Mary Harper, founder of Operation Shoebox, 600 requests have yet to be answered. “Even though we have sent 15,000 more stockings than last year, the requests outnumber the postage money to mail them. Some of the requests come from unit leaders requesting 150-180 stockings for their soldiers.”

The ability to increase the number of stockings this year is due to huge support from Sam’s Club members donating thousands of extra items.

 “Just $2.30, less than a gallon of gas, and a member of our services will know we care.” From Leslie Ward, one of Operation Shoebox more than 1,300 volunteers who prepare and package the contents of stockings.

Mrs Harper learned from her own children serving in Iraq that many service members do not receive even one piece of mail from home. Operation Shoebox was started in her kitchen 8 years ago to help fill that void and boost the morale of the troops.

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Operation Shoebox Mission Statement: Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003 to send support over to our men and women deployed outside of the USA to help raise their morale and let them know they are cared about. We accomplish our mission with care packages, letters, and bulk shipping of items that can be beneficial to them during their deployment.