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Stockings for Soldiers: Thank you to our readers, contributors

We would like to extend a big, heartfelt thank you for generously supporting this year’s Stockings For Soldiers initiative. Keystone Military Families reports it shipped 12,000 filled stockings, handmade ornaments and personalized items around the world to our military personnel just in time for Christmas!

With support from community members like you, our annual fundraising and marketing awareness campaign helped raise more than $35,000 in monetary donations to support the cost of purchasing, shipping and distributing the stockings.

We collected more than 1 ton of items for Keystone Military Families.

A special thanks to Trudy and Roger Unangst, Unangst Tree Farms in Bath, for once again coordinating collection efforts for Stockings For Soldiers at their farm.

Sister Pat at St. Thomas More, in Allentown, graciously asked the students to decorate cardboard stockings with special messages to be included in the stockings to military personnel.

Salisbury Middle School teacher Beth Prokesch and the Kindness Club at the school also creatively decorated cardboard stockings for Keystone Military Families.

Bethlehem Christian School collected items to be included in the stockings delivered to military personnel.

Samuel Adams Brewery also donated stockings to be sent to the soldiers around the world this Christmas.

And our wonderful readers of The Press came through as they usually do, filling our office with stockings, hand warmers, snacks, personal hygiene items, socks and more to let our military personnel know they are thought of and appreciated during this time away from home.

On behalf of Pencor Services Inc., a family of companies including Lehigh Valley Press and Blue Ridge, we thank you for your generosity.

Please know we couldn’t do this without you.

Debbie Galbraith


East Penn Press

Salisbury Press

Cindy Mellinger

marketing and community relations coordinator

Blue Ridge

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Military personnel gather for a group photo after receiving their Stockings For Soldiers gifts.
A U.S. Army soldier shows his excitement for his presents received.