Socks for Soldiers.Amarillo is a local non-profit organization with the mission of reaching out to our men and women in the war zones, primarily Afghanistan and Iraq. We send individual "care packages" containing white socks, travel size toiletries, hand sanitizer, snack foods and much more. It is our desire to send a pack for everyone in the group/platoon so no one is left out. One individual recieves the packs and distributes them to his/her team. These are our kids and this is one way we can let them know that we care.

 

On July 7, 2005, we were notified by the IRS that Bursey Sisters, Inc. had been recognized as a 501c3. At that time Socks for Soldiers was officialy recognized as a stand alone organization under the umbrella of Bursey Sisters, Inc. Since that date, we have sent more than 20,000 "care packages", extra boxes of socks and food boxes. Getting that special number is where the parents, wives, family and friends come into the picture. However, sometimes it is not possible to find out the number of troops in the group. At that time, we send 30 to 35 care packages along with extra socks, snacks and other needed items. We recieved word that when the "SOCKS" boxes arrived at one destination, everyone reached into the boxes of "care packages" pulled one out and a young soldier who never recieved things from home replied, "You mean this is for ME, just for me. I dont need to share it with anyone?"

 

In 2005, we mailed more than 1,044 packs and boxes to 42 groups. During 2009, 141 groups recieved more than 4,500 "care packages" with extra boxes of snack foods and socks. Hand warmers are sent during the winter months. A special item is added during the weeks before a holiday. Christmas 2008, found everything packed in handmade Christmas stockings.

 

We have four scheduled fundraisers each year. During the July 4th Celebration and Fall Fest Celebration in Canyon people are invited to "Adopt a Pack" that will be mailed to an individual in the war zone. In Spring and Fall we have a booth at the city wide garage sale. Numerous churches, civic organizations and individuals have made it possible for us to continue our mission.

 

From January 1 to December 31, 2008, four thousand, three hundred and thirty-five (4,335) "care packs" were sent to 153 different groups/platoons. Our "Fall" packs included a small squeezable jack-o-lantern and the "Christmas" packs contained a reindeer jingle bell or Christmas stocking. We hope they brought a smile. It was our goal to reach at least 4,000 of "our kids" before the end of 2008. That goal was exceeded by 300 packs. By September 2009 we had sent to 114 different platoons. Our expectation is to have sent to 200 groups by the end of the year. That's about 5,000 "care packs" and 15000 pair of white socks. We can't do it without your help.

 

We are continually seeking names and addresses of troops in the war zones or in places of danger.

 

Carolyn Bursey Price Miller

President: Bursey Sisters, Inc.

carolyn@socksforsoldiersamarillo.com

806-352-7899