DAR helps Stockings for Soldiers project


General Daniel Newnan DAR members Kayla Hudson, vice regent; Judith Lowery, treasurer, Kitty Kelley, DAR Service for Veterans chair; Jane Trammell, Project Patriot chair; Audrey Wyle, regent; and Brenda Jessel, past regent, personalized 50 Christmas stockings for a U.S. Army MP unit in Afghanistan. 

"What will you miss from home this Christmas?" was the question asked by Heather Cotton, General Daniel Newnan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution member.

Cotton is currently on civilian assignment to the U.S. Army at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Part of her job there brings her into daily contact with a U.S. Army Military Police unit. The answers to her question — "What will you miss from home this Christmas?" — were a wide variety of things and included memories of all kinds of Christmas treats. 

Cotton's "big idea" was to present each member of this Military Police unit with at least some of these items stuffed into individual, personalized Christmas stockings. General Daniel Newnan DAR members got busy with personalizing 50 stockings and the shopping for Christmas treats and items the soldiers might be able to use. Ten boxes in all were sent to this MP unit.

"It is a small remembrance and ‘thank you’ for their service in Afghanistan," commented Audrey Wylie, regent of the General Daniel Newnan Chapter.

The General Daniel Newnan Chapter has had an ongoing project of sending home-baked treats to this MP unit for the past year, and will continue as long as Cotton is on-site to help coordinate. Members of Explorer's Bible Study, Newnan, also generously donated boxes of treats for the project. 

 For information on the Daughters of the American Revolution, contact General Daniel Newnan Chapter membership chair Jeannine Jackson 770-253-6517; or for the Sons of the American Revolution, contact Marquis de Lafayette Chapter President Bob Wylie 770-251-4672. Both organizations invite inquires for membership or meetings.

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