Christmas in July

Let’s Send Them Something to Celebrate!

The Soldiers’ Angels Holiday Stockings for Heroes campaign has quickly become one of our most popular campaigns of the entire year! However, because of its proximity to the holiday season, it can be difficult for everyone to find the time to stuff holiday stockings.

In addition, the summer months in the Middle East can be painfully hot… which can make life even more stressful for service members deployed to that region.

With those things in mind, we decided summertime would be a great time to send them something to celebrate!

Introducing: Christmas in July Summer-Themed Stocking Campaign!

From June 1 – July 15, 2021, Soldiers’ Angels will be collecting stuffed summer-themed holiday stockings as well as items to stuff into stockings to ship to deployed service members. We’re coordinating with some Chaplains as we speak to arrange fun celebrations at the end of July centered around the Christmas in July theme!

The Christmas in July Stocking Collection drive will run from June 1 – July 15, 2021.

How You Can Help

STUFF STOCKINGS

Start a collection drive or purchase items from our list and stuff them into holiday stockings! Ship to our office and we’ll get them to deployed. Scroll down for more details.

SEND SUPPLIES

If you don’t have time to stuff a stocking, shop our Amazon Wish List and have supplies shipped directly to us. We’ll do the rest!

DONATE

Make a donation and help us cover the cost of shipping. Each stocking costs roughly $20 to ship via flat rate.

Christmas in July Collection Items:

Hygiene and Personal Care:*
  • Sunblock
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Cooling Towels
  • Chap Stick
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Wet Wipes
  • Female Hygiene Products
  • Hand Warmers
  • Manicure Set
  • Back Scratchers
  • Socks (no tube socks)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Cloths/Spray (for glasses/goggles)

*Travel-sized items preferred

Snack Items: **
  • Freezer Pops
  • Powdered Drink Mixes (Single Serve)
  • Protein Bars
  • Jerky or“ Meat Sticks
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Freeze-Dried Fruit (Single Serve)
  • Hot Sauce Packets
  • Single-Serve Peanut Butter or Nutella
  • Single-Serve Cereals (Boxes or Cups, no bags)
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Nuts/Trail Mix (Single Serve)
  • Tuna Salad Kit with Crackers
  • Chicken Salad Kit with Crackers
  • Gum and Candy

**Must be store-bought. If you are interested in baking, please check out the Soldiers’ Angels Angel Baker Team

Down-Time Items:***
  • Beachballs
  • Small or Foldable Frisbees
  • Small Balls or Footballs
  • Fun/Party Sunglasses
  • Hand Fans or Personal Portable Fans
  • Patriotic-themed decor
  • Leis/Summer-themed decor
  • Back Scratcher
  • Puzzle Books
  • Travel-Sized Games
  • Coloring Books
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners

***Please focus on small items that could easily fit into a stocking and/or a medium flat rate box.

Please AVOID the following items as we will not be able to include them:

  • Sharp Objects (Knives, Tools, Safety Pins, etc.)
  • Pornography or other culturally sensitive material
  • Bagged Potato Chips (they are too easily crushed)
  • Unwrapped Candies
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfume or Cologne

How to Get Started Stuffing Stockings for Christmas in July

1. Set up a collection drive for your business, organization or school to collect the items specified above as well as collecting cash contributions to help cover the cost of shipping care packages overseas. 

You can collect items for as long or as short of a time as you would like. Once you end your collection, ship the items and cash contributions to our headquarters in San Antonio using the shipping address below*. Shipping one care package overseas costs approximately $20. Any amount of financial contributions you can include in your collection drive will help Soldiers’ Angels get these packages shipped overseas.

*Please note that you will be responsible for all shipping costs associated with getting your collected items to San Antonio. If the cost of shipping your collected items to San Antonio is a concern for you, we recommend focusing on the smaller, lighter weight items to keep your shipping costs low. 

2. Purchase items at stores near you and stuff them into any type of holiday stocking you can get your hands on in the middle of the year… Ship the stuffed stockings to our headquarters in San Antonio using the shipping address below* along with cash contributions to help cover the cost of shipping care packages overseas. Shipping one care package overseas costs approximately $20. Any amount of financial contributions you can include in your collection drive will help Soldiers’ Angels get these packages out.

*Please note that you will be responsible for all shipping costs associated with getting your collected items to San Antonio. If the cost of shipping your collected items to San Antonio is a concern for you, we recommend focusing on the smaller, lighter weight items to keep your shipping costs low.

3. Purchase items from our Amazon** Wish List here or shop for them locally and make a cash contribution to help cover the cost of shipping care packages overseas. We put together a list on Amazon that includes the items below. You can buy one or more of these items in any quantity and Amazon will ship the items directly to our headquarters in San Antonio. If you’re not an Amazon user, you can purchase items locally and ship them to our office via the shipping address below.

For Amazon Prime users, all or most of the items on our list qualify for free shipping through Amazon Prime. Shipping one care package costs approximately $20. Any amount of financial contributions you can include in your collection drive will help Soldiers’ Angels get these packages out.

**If you’re an Amazon user, take your shopping and support to the next level by using AmazonSmile to donate a portion of your purchases back to Soldiers’ Angels! Here’s how: 

  • From your desktop computer, access Amazon via this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ and then login with your user/password.
  • You’ll be directed to a page that will ask you to select the Charitable Organization you want to support. Search for Soldiers’ Angels and select.
  • From there, you’ll be set up for 0.5% of your qualifying purchases to be donated back to Soldiers’ Angels. However, please note, in order for your donations to be made, you must shop Amazon from the link https://smile.amazon.com/ and at this time, it can only be done from your desktop computer, not from the Amazon app on a tablet or mobile device.

Shipping Address

If you’re collecting items or purchasing items locally, you can ship all of your items to our headquarters here in San Antonio. You will be responsible for all shipping costs. We will not accept COD deliveries. If you have any questions regarding shipping, please email us.

Soldiers’ Angels Christmas in July
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78218

Don’t have time to collect supplies?

Help us cover the cost to ship the packages!

Important Notes

  • Soldiers’ Angels does not provide the shipping address of any service member to anyone aside from our registered Team Angel volunteers. This campaign is collecting care package/stocking items for Soldiers’ Angels to ship to deployed service members. We will not be providing you with an address to ship care packages overseas.
    • If you are interested in becoming a registered Team Angel and supporting a service member directly, please refer to our Virtual Volunteer page here for more information about our numerous teams that support deployed service members.
  • If you are sending items for stockings, you do not need to pack your items into a “care package.” Simply box all products together and we will sort once they are received at our warehouse. Our volunteers in San Antonio will stuff your donated items into holiday stockings as needed.
  • Once again, if you are collecting items or purchasing items directly and will be shipping to our headquarters, you are responsible for all shipping costs. Please keep this in mind as you collect and purchase so that you do not incur shipping charges greater than what you anticipate.

Team Angel Note

If you are currently registered as a Team Angel any contributions you make to the Christmas in July Campaign will be considered an in-kind donation only and should not be accounted for when reporting your support for your specific team. We will not have specific support opportunities listed for Christmas in July, however, you are encouraged to participate by providing your normal monthly support in a Christmas in July theme, ie: Christmas care packages/cards/cookies.

Soliciting Donations

Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (ie, your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign. If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]

Media Opportunities

Any and all opportunities to share your involvement with Soldiers’ Angels or your participation in this campaign with the media, including print media, news media, broadcast media (including podcasts), or major internet media (such as major blogs and YouTube channels), must first be cleared and approved by Soldiers’ Angels. We would love for you to help us spread the word about Soldiers’ Angels and this campaign, however, we need to ensure that the information you are sharing is accurate and that all guidelines are being followed. If you are contacted by the media, please forward the inquiry to us by emailing: [email protected]. We will do our best to work with you and the media source to ensure your story is shared accurately and in a timely manner.

You do not need to clear anything with Soldiers’ Angels if you would like to share information about your participation in this campaign through your personal social media channels or social media channels for your business or organization. We encourage you to help us spread the word through use of these channels! This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, SnapChat, and any other smaller social channel.