Archive for April, 2009

Donations of Christmas stockings

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

We receive a lot of requests for Christmas stocking and other Christmas decoration donations during the holiday season.

christmas stocking donations to bring joy to our troops or needy families

Sometimes we have purchased inventory that is not suitable for personalizing or does not fit into our product mix. Other times we have just a tiny quantity left from the past season which is unsuitable to present in our online catalog the following season since the quantity left is too small. As we personalize our Christmas stockings, at times we make a mistake: customer ordered personalizing in script font but our production personalized it in block font, so we also have some perfectly good personalized stockings which are not suitable for sale.

So we take all these odds and ends and send them to the organization in need of Christmas stockings as a donation when they request it.

Past couple of seasons the requests exceeded the availability of what we can donate. Perhaps it’s these tough economic times. So we came up with an idea: why not ask our website visitors to send in their old stockings since they are purchasing new ones?

Or, if you are a crafter, visiting our site and feel like making some Christmas stockings that will go to a good cause, make some Christmas stockings and send them to us.

We can in turn combine our overstock and the Christmas stockings you send in and together we can make a difference donating them to the needy or a good cause.

Here are some examples of the type of requests we received:

…we are trying to give our homeless and need family students Christmas Stockings. I was wondering if you would know where I could get some donated Christmas stockings? About 350 of them. Thank you for your time.

I am a wife of a deployed soldier. I am an active member of our Family Support Group and also am a leader for the group. I am in search of stockings that we can get to fill with goodies and send them to our guys who are currently in Iraq. Our family support group is gathering goods and monetary donations for help fill the stockings. Do you sell stockings in large amounts? We are looking for approximatley 180 of them

Would you be willing to make stockings for our national guard unit?
They will be deploying to Afghanistan in the spring.  It would be great if you could donate 100 or so.
For our families!  Thanks for your consideration…


…if your company would be able to once again donate any Christmas stockings for the ‘Support the Troops’ project we sponsor here …. We provide support to 250 soldiers, and we could use about 150 more stockings. Last year you were very generous in your donation, but I was hoping you might be able to assist us again this year …


Our school St Francis Xavier will be integrating Easter, Christmas, and New Years Around the World as the theme for 2008-2009 school year. We would like to know if you can donate any display ornaments or discontinued garths, wreaths, pictures, easther bunnies, eggs, etc. from your company or ornaments of different countries. This writer would like to know if you can send us any brochures of these events in your country


My family and I are adopting a group of soldiers for Christmas and would like your help in making this endeavor a success. We need 15 empty Christmas stockings to ensure that each person in the squad receives their own.  Would your company be able to donate a couple stockings to help make this a success?

Let’s combine our resources and together we can make a difference. During past 20 years we have donated what we could but have not made a focused effort to streamline our donations. The donation requests usually come during the busiest time of the year for us, so it was always a great challenge to keep the pace with timely shipping to our customers and manage the “extras” such as donation requests. Thus this year we designed our donation program early so we can effectively donate what we can.

So if you wanted to send any extra Christmas stockings you have around the house or make a few for the needy children or our troops :

Send the Christmas stocking donations to:

Stocking Factory
960 Bay Dr
Summerland Key, FL 33042
Mark the box: STOCKING DONATIONS

We shall warehouse your donations and combine those with ours and make sure that these stockings donated from the heart will make happy Christmas where it counts the most!  We will make sure they are well packed and ship them safely to their recipients. Shipping costs to the recipients of your/our Christmas stockings are rising but we utilize post office and are very good at getting the best rates, so so far we have been able to pay for the shipping expenses when we donate our stockings.

If you are an organization in need, please post a comment on this page and also please email us with your request through our contact form page. We will monitor both email and this page for requests.

Help us to spread the word so those who are in need would learn about our help effort! Post about our Christmas stocking donations on your Website, MySpace, Blog or favorite message board.

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up with what we are doing now.

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Decorating with Christmas Stockings

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Christmas is the special time of a year when many families enjoy decorating their house to get into the spirit of the season.

christmas stockings hung on a decorative ladder
When you think Christmas Stockings, you would naturally envision them on the fireplace mantle.  Did you know that fireplace and a Christmas stocking traditions are closely related? You can read up on the history of Christmas stockings. A fireplace mantle is an ideal (and the most traditional) place to display your Christmas stockings because it is usually the focal place of your living room.  The mantle can be further decorated with garland, candles, Christmas figurines and collectibles and even a Christmas train.

Do not forget the Stocking Holders.  If you plan to place lot of stocking stuffers in your Christmas Stockings, remember the stockings will be rather heavy, so you want to get a heavy stocking holder.  If you have a light stocking holder, it will tip over as you place the stocking stuffers in the stockings.  A stocking holder also called a stocking hanger should have a nice large hook, not a tiny one.  A large hook assures the stocking will not tip over when filled with lots of heavy stocking stuffers.

But what if you do not have a fireplace?  No problem, we do not have one either.  We have giant glass door panels in our living room with a metal drapery rod to darken the room when we watch a movie.  So one of our kids invented a clever way to place our Christmas stockings on hooks spaced evenly on the courtain rod.  It looked great and it became a tradition.

Christmas stockings hung on a mantel window or a wallYou can be creative decorating with Christmas stockings even if you do not have a fireplace.

  • We have seen people placing their stocking hangers on window mantel.
  • You can also find a free standing floor stocking hanger or improvise with tower holders and hooks available in hardware stores.  You can use those items for the rest of the year in their traditional settings.
  • Find a decorative ladder available in folk art / gift / decorator stores / online. These ladders are not designed to climb on, they are rather just that: decorative ladder.  If you can find one, buy it and set it against a blank wall, then you can hang your Christmas stockings there.  If you cannot find one in local stores, you may just as well make one.  Use some twigs and wire to tie the ladder together.
  • Another cool way to place your stockings is to clear one of the wall shelves and hang your Christmas stockings on the invisible hooks right under the shelf and then decorate the shelf with other Christmas decorations, such as presents, candles, decorative boxes, Nutcrackers or Christmas village houses…. or a Christmas train.  This creates a Christmas ambiance focal point in your living room out of what used to be just a regular book or knick knack shelf.
  • Don’t forget the coat hanger!  Especially the wall mouted ones are good candidates to display your holiday stocking.
  • If you have a staircase to an upper floor, you may want to hang your Christmas stockings on the banister and decorate around them with a Christmas garlands and ribbons.
  • decorate with Christmas stockings
  • One year we placed our stuffed stockings right under the Christmas tree, just stood them up surrounding the whole tree.
  • You can also utilize your cabinet knobs.  If you have a wall unit in your living room, experiment with the look of Christmas stockings hung from it’s cabinet knobs.
  • An empty wall space may also work.  You can purchase a removable 3M wall hooks from any hardware store, they also make these hooks in many decorator colors to match your wall and color scheme.  You can hang the stockings directly on the hooks or you can create a wall theme, using a ribbon, garland branches attached to a rope or wire ribbon and then attach the stockings to it ( think clothesline setup ).
  • A dresser or a curio may be another good candidate to hang your Christmas stockings.  Use it’s knobs or place your stocking holders on top of the dresser and compliment with other Christmas decorations such as garland and ribbons.
  • Hang your Christmas stockings off top of your bookcase or a TV stand
  • Uses suction cups and hang them from your glass sliding doors or windows which looks adorable from the inside and outside
  • A  shelf with pegs works just great for this purpose.
  • You can hang the Christmas stockings from the ceiling.

With little immagination, you can turn your ordinary space into Christmas Oasis.

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