Shield of Faith Church in Hanahan might as well have been considered Santa's workshop Tuesday. The Lowcountry Blue Star Mothers began stuffing hundreds of stockings to send our troops for Christmas.
"Some have written to us and said receiving these boxes, they said you don't know how much it's done for morale for me and my unit," Alice Lang said.
Lang is president of the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers, which is a national organization made up of moms, dads and other family members with soldiers previously and currently deployed.
For moms like Lang, dedicating time to remember the troops means working on Christmas presents that will remind them they're not forgotten. Something she knows about first hand from her son who has served four times.
"He's been the recipient of Christmas stockings and Girl Scout cookies. I sent him Girl Scout cookies one year and I sent him like three big boxes but he moved so I thought those would go to another soldier. Well, those boxes I thought went no where followed him so he called me up from Afghanistan and said how many boxes of cookies are you sending me?" Lang laughed.
Those funny stories and phone calls keeps the organization going.
They are stuffing stockings with toiletries, snacks and games from now until the beginning of December. Lang said shipping costs about $5,000 so they ask for people interested in helping to also consider a financial contribution. Perhaps most importantly, they also encourage anyone with an address for a soldier to pass it along to the Blue Star Mothers.
You can contact the group by:
web site: www.tricobluestars.org
PO Box 342
Goose Creek, SC 29445