For the 11th year, Blue Ridge Communications is partnering with Keystone Military Families to support the Stockings for Soldiers program.

Keystone Military Families annually ships 8,000-10,000 holiday stockings filled with food, hygiene products, and other items — along with holiday decorations and Christmas cards — to servicemen and women stationed around the world, just in time for Christmas.

This year, collection efforts have shifted to an emphasis on monetary donations, which will then be used to purchase care package items for the soldiers.

To make a donation, visit, select a monetary amount, and choose the donation method through either PayPal or a debit/credit card.

Blue Ridge is accepting monetary donations through Nov. 16.

In addition, to help defray the cost of shipping these packages around the world, Blue Ridge offers the opportunity to “sponsor” a die-cut paper stocking with a minimum $5 online donation.

The paper stocking includes a special holiday message and will be tucked into the stockings delivered to soldiers.

For more information, contact Cindy Mellinger, BRC marketing/community relations coordinator and SFS Central PA project coordinator, at (717) 733-6006, ext. 2551, or

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