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!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WOW! October was a Wonderful Month for Operation Santa Bag!

Operation Santa Bag Update! Wow what a month we had in October.  We have prepared for adopting 100 troops serving overseas, and to date we have grown to approximately 250, needless to say we are very excited.  I can't even begin to Thank Everyone for their love for our troops and this project! This select group left the Wilmington area on Oct. 4, 2014.

To date we have $700.00 for shipping. We will need more, last year we shipped 135 Santa Bags, Christmas Trees, Toiletries, games, footballs and more for $400.00.  Things that we are now needing is 150 kitted hats to go under their helmets, 250  single packs of tissues, we still need more hot chocolate lot=n=lots of hot chocolate. Footballs 2-4, Frisbees 5-10 of them, Board games that 2-4 can play,  hard candies, flavorings for water 500 single packs, foot warmers (340) writing pens (250) and at least 1 case of baby wipes. Music CD's would be great or DVD's. Puzzle books are nice too.

Above all else! I want to say Thank You to the Wilmington Star News and Ci Cantwell for the interview and the wonderful article he wrote on September 27th, and for the Wilmington Encore Magazine for the great push for our project and our troops!  This year will be the best year yet!  Girl Scout Troop 220 from Burgaw well all I can say is your AWESOME! We have had more sponsors this year than any other year!  So I can say Thank you to all my supporters from Hampstead and Wilmington, NC!  We currently have contact with Tom Russell from "Step up For Soldiers" and hoping to team up with him to help get our care packages to our group! 

There's still time to help! If your wanting to help you can contact me via e-mail at starbethlehem@live.com  or face book me!

God Bless and Thank You so much for your continued support!