Meyersdale Area collects ‘Stockings for Soldiers’

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Students, including Natalya Scott, Lilly Teets and Abigail Homa are excited to participate in this annual event and hope to spread plenty of holiday spirit this year!

Serving in the military, while a noble calling, can be challenging and difficult, especially during the holidays. In order to offer these brave women and men some holiday spirit, the Meyersdale Area School District has launched its annual Stockings for Soldiers! Students, staff and faculty are looking forward to another year of collecting and sending special gifts to area service members as they so selflessly and bravely serve our country.

For more than eight years, the district has been holding an annual food/comfort items drive for soldiers.These items are boxed up and sent to local men and women deployed throughout the world. Each box also contains “extra” items for recipients to share with their squad members. This event is organized by Ms. Tammy Hetrick and Mrs. Ginger Geiger.

The items requested for the Stockings for Soldiers Drive include: puzzle books, magazines, card/travel games, candy canes, individually wrapped hard candy, bubble gum, protein, granola and breakfast bars, sunflower seeds, trail mix, individual cookie or pretzel packets, beef jerky, single-packet flavored drink mixes, and personal care items, such as shaving cream, razors, deodorant and sunscreen. Donations are also accepted to help defer the growing cost of postage.

A homeroom competition has been set up for students in grades 6-8. The homeroom bringing in the most donations, monetary and items, will receive a pizza party for their efforts!

“Middle school students always rise to the occasion for this donation drive. Many of our students have a personal connection to various branches of the military,” Hetrick explained. “This connection is what makes the event such a success. It is a way for students to express their appreciation and it helps them to feel as if they are making a difference as well.”

“I am very grateful to the MASD students, faculty, staff, administration and the community for their donations. Something so small brings a smile to someone’s face who deserves so much more for their service. I would like to thank the men and women who serve our country and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas,” added Geiger.