Operation Christmas Stocking

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus:
This is Paul Holton, better known to many as Chief Wiggles, the founder and President of a Utah based non-profit organization called Operation Give (www.operationgive.org). Back in 2003, while serving in the military in Iraq, out of the blue and totally unsolicited I received a huge Christmas present from some of your elves back home. When I opened the box, to my total surprise there was a beautiful Christmas tree with all the decorations and ornaments, carefully wrapped Christmas presents and many Christmas stockings stuffed to the brim; enough for everyone in my office at Saddam’s palace in Baghdad.
To this day I will always remember the joy we all received that Christmas day as we opened the presents and went through the items in the stockings. We were thrilled beyond words as we contemplated their thoughtfulness. It was as if someone had delivered a slice of home to each and every one of us, who were all away from his or her families and loved ones during the Christmas season. Through that simple act of kindness we all knew we had not been forgotten.
Ever since that day I have been determined to replicate that experience for others serving our country in far off – war-torn lands during Christmas. For the past 12 years, Operation Christmas Stocking has been able to send 5,000 to 10,000 amazing stuffed Christmas stockings to men and women serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.
Operation Christmas Stocking is hoping that Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and all your elves will help us out again this year. We are already gearing up for another great Christmas Season; with people in Utah and all over the United States sending in stuffed Christmas Stockings and/or a variety of items to be used as stocking stuffers. Our Operation Give volunteers and many other Santa’s helpers will be at the warehouse many evenings between now and Christmas stuffing stockings, right up until we have to ship them overseas.
But Santa, I need your help. We are in desperate need of additional items to help make this year’s Christmas stockings the best stockings ever. We are frequently running out of items the service men and women would enjoy receiving in their stockings, so please help us with whatever you have. I have attached my wish list for you to look at.
I would greatly appreciate your kind and generous donations of stuffed Christmas Stockings, items that could be stuffed in Christmas Stockings and/or funds to help pay for these items to be shipped overseas to our troops.
Chief Wiggles
Christmas Wish List:
Hand sanitizers, wet-wipes, foot powder, candy and goodies, gum, socks, hygiene items (deodorant, shampoos, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, etc), CDs-DVDs, I-Tune cards, socks, small games, playing cards, sunscreen, body lotion, bug spray, calendar, paperback books, eye drops, sunglasses, lip balm, small flashlights, multi-functional tools, protein powder packets, Nerf footballs, toys, balls, Frisbees, hygiene items for women, shoe inserts, beef jerky, canned food, stuffed animals, office supplies, batteries, vitamins, non-perishable food items, and whatever else you can come up with.
For items being shipped by boat: Everything has to be received by Nov. 15.  Because of the lower cost of shipping, we want to be able to ship as much as possible by boat.
For items being shipped by Air: Everything has to be received by Dec. 1.
Warehouse: 2275 South 900 West, Salt Lake City Utah, 84119
We are looking for help from
1. School Groups
2. Church Groups
3. Scout Groups
4. Business groups
5. Individuals
6. Everyone and anyone
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Operation Christmas Stocking

Operation Christmas Stocking

Operation Christmas Stocking and Sub-for-Santa Stockings:

Operation Give, an organization that works throughout the year to support American Troops and their families back home, is carrying out this project. This is our 13th year of Operation Christmas Stocking and you can all help us reach our goal of stuffing and delivering 10,000 stuffed Christmas Stockings to the Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea and to the children of deployed soldiers at home in the United States. 

Donating is easy: Donate online or send us a check for any amount you would like to donate to support this cause.

Helping is easy: There are many ways you can help. You can make your own stuffed Christmas stockings, you can send stuffing items to our warehouse in Salt Lake City, you can take part in stuffing the stockings at the warehouse during our events or you can get involved in the actual delivery effort to military families or you can create Gift bags or decorate shoe boxes.

For the 13th year running Operation Give is providing you an opportunity to show your support through giving the gift of Christmas to our men and women serving in the military and to their family members back home.

This is one way for you to communicate your support, love and appreciation for all our men and women in the armed forces and for their families waiting for their safe return.

Stuff your own stockings, or send in items to be stuffed into stockings at our warehouse.

We need your help. Contact Paul Holton at Operation Give to find out how you might help, email Paul at wigglesholton@yahoo.com

Now is the time to give of your time and resources to help make this possible.

Thanks so much.

Chief Wiggles

Contact Information: 

Paul Holton

Email: wigglesholton@yahoo.com

Phone: 801 739 7815

Michael Holton

Phone: 801 884 6800



WE MUST GET STARTED EARLY- This is the 11th year of Operation Christmas Stocking! Early deadline for Stockings to arrive at our warehouse is Nov 15th. Late deadline is December 1st!

2275 South 900 West, Dock 49 Salt Lake City, Utah 84119


Here are some ideas

  • Christmas Cards
  • iTunes Cards
  • Long socks
  • CD's/DVD's
  • Games, Dominos, Yo-yo, Playing Cards
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Shoe deodorizers
  • Foot powder for Athlete's foot
  • Travel clock
  • Dry erase markers
  • Reading Books
  • American flags items-
  • Office supplies: tape,  Large small note pads
  • GPS watch, compass
  • Nerf footballs, Frisbee
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Wet wipes
  • Body & Face Lotions
  • Body & Face soaps
  • Eye Drops
  • Sunglasses
  • Shampoo Conditioner
  • Bug spray
  • Calendar
  • Shaving Cream
  • Disposable razors
  • Small flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Non-perishable-food -Cookies, Candies,
  • Send small trees with
  • Chocolate, fudge, nuts
  • Lip balm
  • Small multi-tool
  • Clip on Lights
  • AT&T Calling cards
  • Tiny personal fan
  • Pen/Mechanical pencil
  • SD Cards/Thumb Drive
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Dental floss
  • Individual pkg. of tissue
  • Protein Powder mixes
  • Canned air hand duster
  • Cash Christmas decorations
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Powdered seasonings,marinades, sauces & spices
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