Operation Santa Bag

Welcome to our blog!

"Operation Santa Bag" is designed to spread cheer to our troops deployed overseas during the Holidays. My sister Cathy and I decided to start this project when my son was deployed to Iraq in 2007, we want our troops to know that they are not forgotten! We love our soldiers! Last year we celebrated our fourth year adopting a group, the past two years we have adopted a group from Camp Lejeune North Carolina....The care package this past year exceeded all other years! We had so many people wanting to donate not only with items to send but helped with shipping expenses, phone cards and so much more! The response from the group we adopted was awesome! They truly appreciated what we offered.

Our goal for this blog is to encouage people to continue showing support for our troops no matter where they are, and should your neighbor be part of a military family let them know how much you appreciate them for their committent to keeping us safe and for giving us the freedom we take for granted everyday!

It's getting close to the time when we start preparing for this years project, who will we adopt? We don't know yet, but this does not matter we will begin making homemade Christmas cards in June, Cathy & I will be talking nearly everyday until we meet in NY over Thanksgiving. This has become our tradition! we work deligently for about 5 months to prepare our packages! I will drive to NY and Operation Santa Bag will take over her house for almost a week! We have so much fun doing this! We celebrate Thanksgiving every year by being so Thankful for our wonderful HEROE'S

If you would like to help this year please contact us we Welcome the help!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Our needs for this years Operation Santa Bag Project

Every year we try to create new ideas for the Santa Bags, so if you have any suggestions please feel free to chime in, we are always looking for new idea's and or projects.  The items we typically need are:

  1.  Hot Chocolate (lots of Hot Chocolate) nothing like warming up a soul on a cold day or night.
  2.  Gator Ade (They now sell these in a box of single packs) these are great for our troops to add to their water.
  3.  Hard Candies (No Chocolate) mini candy canes, Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Popcorn
  4.  Peanuts (Sold in boxes of single packs)
  5.  Trial size tooth paste
  6.  Tooth brushes
  7.  Trial size hand sanitizer, shampoo's, lotion and soaps
  8.  Baby wipes
  9.  Hand warmers
10.  Playing cards
11.  knitted caps to fit under their helmets
12.  In the past couple of years we have made homemade craft items, mini photo albums, and key chains something thats not too big to carry from place to place. Idea's are always welcomed.
13.  Homemade Christmas Cards There just something about someone taking the time to make a card to Wish someone a "Merry Christmas", again all ideas, and help are welcomed.
14.  Games that can be played by groups of 2-4.
15.  Football's and Frisbee's