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!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Update to our Operation Santa Bag Package Preparedness

Hey There Everyone!

We are celebrating our 5th annual "Operation Santa Bag" Troop project this year!  This Project could not go on without your support and help.  To everyone that has supported us these past 5 years, Thank You!  This year will be our biggest group!  We have 150 troops to reach out to this year.

So here's an update on what we have to date for our care packages and what we still need.  Our supporters are so great!

We Have:
Hand Warmers:  We have 150, if your interested in helping you may go to Dick's supporting goods and they have offered a 15% discount for "team USA Afghanistan" be sure to let them know that these will be going to our troops in Afghanistan.  I understand that the manager was very excited to help us with these, if you have any questions please call me.  We have 119 knitted toboggans, chap sticks for everyone. We also have tooth brushes, and dental floss and tooth paste. donated by a local dentist. We have 186 copies of a CD from a local singer and song writer Amy Tipton!  Thank You Amy! for your continued support.  We have hand made crafts made by children, hand made Christmas Cards being made by the "Operation Santa Bag Team this year! we have all the hot chocolate that we need YAH!, peanuts, propell singles, and candy.  We now have the Christmas Tree's, additional hand warmers.

Things We Still Would Like:

Microwaveable popcorn boxes of 36 count (Sam's Club)
Single packs of Hand sanitizers (box of 24 count can be found at Dollar Tree/Big Lots or Walmart)
Packs of playing cards, needing 150 suggestion: Dollar Tree sells these 2 packs for $1.00
Games that 2-4 people can play such as : Battleship, checkers, tumbling towers, or other board games or card games.
Hand written notes, just to say Thank You for your service to give them encouragement.
Funds for shipping would be very helpful!  Last year we spent $150.00 for shipping.

If you are wanting to help please let us know we have just a couple more days to prepare these packages.  We have 3 groups in which these packages are going, so please let me know if your wanting to help us!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1st Annual Operation Santa Bag Weekend At The Beach!

Well we have been busy and getting busier,  Operation Santa Bag is going to the beach! Some would say that we live at the beach, this is true, however this will be a working weekend at the beach. One of my Generous Cricut students has offered up her beach home for this weekend! WOW how do you say no to that!  We have a group of ladies who are bringing their Cricut Machines, Sewing Machines and we are gonna have a party!  We will be busy making Christmas Cards and Santa Bags for our 150 Troops that we will be adopting this year, and we will have a great time!  Our focus will be our troops, these cards will be designed and created to bring Chirstmas Cheer to our troops.  We are so excited about this weekend.  And we will be talking about what we will do next year!  I love this time of year, my sister Cathy will be coming to visit and she will be teaching a class on how to make a "stage pop-up Christmas card" and everyone will be making one.....yes these will be going on the road to Afghanistan.  My wonderful sister-in-law Jennifer has given us a head start on the Santa Bags, she has already sewn 99 of these bags! WOW!  So, if you want to help please let us know!  Check out our wish list, our contact information is also available......Thank You for your continued support for our troops.

Pat & Cathy