Stocking For Soldiers
The Beinhauer family and staff are happy to report that our communities participated with such enthusiasm and generosity in the Stockings for Soldiers Drive 2016 that the numbers of stockings we received for distribution to soldiers and canines abroad was almost overwhelming. The total distributed this past Christmas Season was 2,536, shattering last year’s total of 968!! We want to publicly thank all those who took the time and cared enough to make this a wonderful success.
“…Thank you so very much for the wonderful stockings! Everyone here was very excited to receive them.”
“…greatly appreciate the loving care packages and your support”
“Thank ya’ll kindly”
“Your generosity made all the Marines and Sailors feel closer to home. Merry Christmas”
“Your efforts mean the world to us. Thank you”
“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for your support. Our Marines appreciate it.”
Kind words of thanks from a member of the military who was a recipient of our 2015 Stockings for Soldiers program:
“I wanted to send my thanks and appreciation, on behalf of many, for your kindness, consideration, and selflessness in sending holiday stockings.
Your generosity and compassion to organize and deliver such a large quantity of items ensured each of our US members and hundreds of other US Army Soldiers and Air Force Airmen received a stocking on Christmas morning! I don’t think I can overstate the importance your act of charity and support had on the morale and well-being of so many deployed personnel! Thank you again!”
Anonymous US Military Personnel
Thanks again to all who participated in our Stockings for Soldiers program in 2015! Below are the totals for how many soldiers were reached.
We collected 882 stockings before December 1 and mailed them overseas.
We collected another 76 stockings between December 2 and December 11 and brought them to two local Veterans’ Homes for homeless vets.
That’s a total of 958 stockings distributed.
Each group was divided into two sets.
We sent out a total of 105 boxes, or 882 stockings.
Of the 105 boxes, 66 were sent to a local soldier from Bethel Park, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan;
39 boxes were sent to a soldier from Southern California, currently stationed in a non-disclosed desert location.
76 more stockings were delivered to homeless veterans in Pittsburgh.
1. 20 Stockings were brought to the Shepherd’s Heart Veterans’ Home in Pittsburgh for their clients.
The aim of Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home (SHVH) is to restore honor and dignity to those who have served our country. SHVH is a collaboration between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship. Working closely with the VA’s Comprehensive Homeless Program and the many Veteran Support Groups, Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home provides:
- Outreach to those veterans living on the streets who otherwise would not seek assistance
- 12 long-term sheltered transitional bedrooms, 3 acute care bedrooms, case management, and rehabilitation
- Employment assistance and life skill training
- Supported permanent housing
- Clinical assessment and referral to needed medical treatment for physical and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse, by partnering with the Homeless Veteran Health Care (HVHC) team
2. 56 Stockings were brought to The Veterans’ Place in Pittsburgh for their clients.
The Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, or “Veterans Place,” is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among Veterans in the Pittsburgh region. Founded in 1996 and located in Pittsburgh’s East End, we strive to provide a variety of supportive services for homeless Veterans in the Pittsburgh area. The goal of Veterans Place, working in partnership with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and other organizations, is to facilitate Veterans’ transition from Homeless to Home, becoming engaged, valuable citizens who contribute to their communities.