Bachman stocking drive approaching

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram
A group of volunteers fill extra Christmas stockings with items and wrap them in plastic bags for shipment Tuesday at the American Legion during the annual Travis Bachman Memorial Christmas Stocking Drive. The filled stockings are shipped to military service members serving overseas during the holiday season. This year's event will be a drive-thru event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Travis Bachman Christmas Stocking Drive will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at the American Legion, 405 S. Main St.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will have a different look this year with a drive-thru process. Patrons are asked to drive in to the south parking lot of the American Legion and stay in their vehicles. Workers will retrieve the donations from the vehicle.

Items collected will be shipped to military personnel serving overseas for Christmas.

Suggested items include handmade or purchased full-sized Christmas stockings filled with:

- individual packets of Gatorade, H2O flavor packets.

- beef jerky, tuna packs, Ramen noodles, cake in a mug mixes, mixed nuts, cashews and cookies.

- DVDs or CDs, hand held games.

- Toiletries, placed in zip lock bags, foot powder, lens cloths. No hotel samples.

- AA batteries

- magazines, word puzzles, Hacky Saks, Yo-Yos.

- wet wipes, hand sanitizer, lip balm.

- a signed Christmas card, addressed to Service Member.

To help cover the shipping costs, $4.00 is required per stocking. Checks are accepted, and should be made payable to: We Support Our Troops.

This is the 14th year for the event, held in memory of Travis Bachman.