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Posted: 11/13/13

Jan Alling, left, and Sue Kane hold stockings stuffed with goods that will be sent to soldiers overseas. Those participating have until Nov. 15 to fill a stocking and get it back in time to be mailed on Nov. 16.

(Observer photo by Dennis A. Setter)

Group reaches out to fill
300 stockings for soldiers

Observer Managing Editor

      Local quilting groups are looking to have many stockings filled to help more than a few good men and women.
       This year's goal for the annual Stockings for Soldiers is to have 300 stockings filled to send to service men and women overseas.
       Loose Threads of Romeo, established in 2008, spearheads the annual event with the help of other quilting groups who help ready the stockings to be filled.
       "Our goal is to do charitable projects which would be distributed in Michigan and/or to military personnel," said Jan Alling, group member.
       The group also provides lap robes to local nursing homes and to veterans at Dingle Veteran Hospital in Detroit, supplies Christmas stockings to Haven in Oakland County for its annual Christmas shopping days and participates in Project Night Night, a non-profit organization which distributes a tote bag with a quilt, book and a stuffed animal to children up to 15 years old who are arriving in shelters.
       "Last year we donated over 500 to this project," said Alling.
       This year's Stockings for Soldiers will be getting the help of two church quilting groups<"Tied Together" from St. John Lutheran Church in Romeo and the quilt ministry at St. Cyril and Methodius in Sterling Heights.
       People are asked to pick up the stockings at Town Hall Antique Mall Cafe at 205 N. Main St. in downtown Romeo and return it to the same location by Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. or they can be taken to the Masonic Lodge on Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 16.
       Anybody just interested in donating items to be packaged and sent out in boxes can also drop them off at the antique shop by Friday or the Masonic Lodge on Saturday.
       A list of items needed by troops is available at the Post Office for those needing ideas. Basically, stockings can be filled with things like personal items, tissues, packaged treats, soaps, lotions, books, CDs, DVDs, and candy, with the exception of chocolate or anything else that could melt.
       Alling said anybody who wants to write an encouraging note for service men and women is asked to do so.
       "We did a couple of them last year and we actually got a couple of responses back. It was so overwhelming we thought we would have to do this for every sock," said Alling.
       Anybody interested in donating fabric is asked to do so. Alling said the group is always looking for fabric since projects are worked on throughout the year.
       For more information, call Alling at (586) 752-7016 or (586) 337-5718.

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