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Stockings for Soldiers 2021

MEYERSDALE -The Meyersdale Area School District has launched its annual Stockings for Soldiers! Following two difficult years, filled with challenges, the District is looking forward to spreading holiday cheer to area service men and women serving near and far!


For more than seven years, the District has been holding an annual food drive for soldiers.These items are boxed up and sent to men and women deployed throughout the world.  Each box also contains “extra” items for recipients to share with their squad members. This event is organized by Ms. Tammy Hetrick and Mrs. Ginger Geiger. 


If you have a loved one currently serving and would like to add them to the list, please send their names and addresses to the Meyersdale School District via email at or The deadline to submit names is November 23, this ensures that packages can be shipped in time for Christmas.


The items requested for the Stockings for Soldiers Drive includes the following items: puzzle books, magazines, card games, candy canes, individually wrapped hard candy, bubble gum, protein, granola and breakfast bars, sunflower seeds, trail mix, individual cookie or pretzel packets, beef jerky, single packet  flavored drink mixes, and personal care items, such as shaving cream, razors, deodorant, chapstick and sunscreen. Donations are also being accepted to help defer the growing costs of postage. The deadline to bring in donations is November 18. 


A homeroom competition has been set up for students in grades six through 8. The homeroom bringing in the most donations, monetary and items, will receive a pizza party for their efforts! Hetrick has also planned a variety of “pop-up” prizes for the classrooms who bring in the most donations.


“I am always impressed with the participation and enthusiasm that our middle school students incorporate into this challenge.  They love knowing that they are making a positive difference,” explained Hetrick. 


Every student bringing in an item in grades nine through 12 will receive a treat and a ribbon with their name will be displayed in the Meyersdale Area High School lobby,


Community donations may be brought to the Meyersdale Area High School office or sent with a student. If you would like to submit the name of a local soldier please contact Ginger Geiger at   If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Tammy Hetrick at 814-634-1437 X338 or via email at

Please consider helping us spread the holiday spirit to our brave men and women serving during the Christmas season and help us with Stockings for Soldiers!

“This is a great opportunity to show our military men and women that their service does not go unnoticed.  In a country that seems upside down right now, we are truly grateful that hero's, such as these, are standing behind the American people,” Geiger added. “We can't express enough empathy and gratitude. As Joseph Campbell once said ‘A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.’ Thank you for your service.”