Heritage Elementary has participated in Stockings for Soldiers for the past several years. This year they stuffed 30 stockings full of personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sunscreen and lip balm. They also provided snacks, hot chocolate, playing cards, books and candy.
Students really like the program because it is a concrete way they can give back to others. Kylie Hanauer, sixth-grade Student Council officer shared, “I think that Stockings for Soldiers is special because even though you don’t know the exact person you are helping, you know that you are making a difference.”
Cherokee Elementary also adopted the Stockings for Soldiers program for its September service project -- and they assembled 50 stockings to be sent to troops for the holidays.
Liberty Junior High students and families really stepped up for their Stockings for Soldiers campaign. They collected over 6,000 items that enabled them to stuff 175 stockings to send to soldiers around the world.
Mueller Funeral Home sponsors the program, provides the list of needed items and arranges for shipping the stockings.
The schools have already started work on their next projects. Heritage will focus on the Reach Out Lakota food drive and Julianna’s Joy in upcoming months. In October Cherokee will be participating in Pennies for Patients to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Last year, students and families raised $1,200 to fight against blood cancer.
Members of the Heritage Elementary Student Council are shown here with some of the 30 stockings the school filled for the Stockings for Soldiers project. Cherokee Elementary also participated in the program, filling 50 stockings to send
to troops around the world for the holidays.
Liberty Junior students pose with some of the 175 stockings they stuffed with more 6,000 items - all to support troops during the holidays. Sandy Helm of Mueller's Funeral Home (middle of photo, in black) provided the stockings and the shipping expense.