Blue Ridge closed their 12th year of partnership with Keystone Military Families’ Stockings for Soldiers program, in which they raised over $28,000 in monetary donations.

Those funds will be used to defray the costs of purchasing, shipping, and distributing gift-filled stockings to American soldiers serving around the world.

The Stockings for Soldiers drive also:


  • Collected 8,000 pounds of stocking-stuffer donations (including food, hygiene, and other requested items)
  • Generated more than 32,000 personalized messages (including close to 12,000 crocheted/knitted prayer squares, over 16,000 cards, and over 4,000 colored stockings)
  • Distributed over 3,500 handmade ornaments (including sewn stockings)


“We cannot thank the many individuals, churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and volunteers enough for all they do to help this initiative succeed year after year,” Cindy Mellinger, Blue Ridge marketing/community relations coordinator and Stockings for Soldiers Central PA project coordinator, said.

“Such a simple gesture as a gift-filled stocking or a personalized Christmas card makes a world of difference — boosting the spirits and showing our appreciation for the men and women serving in our military.”


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