Socks and cookies, some of the things that remind us of sitting around with our family’s during the holidays.
But it’s also two of the biggest needs for solders and their families. The socks and cookies program in Bentonville is helping spread joy to those deployed overseas..
“A lot of times when they’re at home they’re kind of forgotten even when they’re living among us but when they’re deployed a lot of them are single or have family’s that can’t afford to get care packages to them,” said Socks and Cookies Executive Director Shannon Warford.
Away from home, this is how many soldiers and their families spend Christmas.
“It has meant more than I can describe in words,” said 98th Training Division Family Readiness Group Leader, Erica Quinzon.
Socks and cookies 12 Needs of Christmas Program brings a sense of comfort for adopted units like the 98th training division in Georgia.
“That time when they’re deployed wherever they may be, being able to pull out a deck of cards and feel like they’re back home even for a little bit it has made their day, somethings month,” said Quinzon.
The care packages have also been a simple way of saying thank you.
“To know that your spouse is out fighting for your country, for your freedom and you’re at home and to recieve a care package from someone that doesn’t even know you, it helps. It really does,” said Quinzon.
“Be Santa for a deployed solider this year, you don’t realize how much when they open one care package what they really means to them,” said Warford,” said Warford.
The 12 Needs of Christmas Program will continue receiving donations until November 28.
The care packages will be put together Friday and shipped off to those deployed on Saturday.
To volunteer and see a full list of item needed click here.