WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) - The clickety-click of the sewing machine fills the room as Sandy Boyette works feverishly to assemble brightly colored Christmas stockings that will be stuffed with treats and shipped to her 24-year-old son's Army reserve unit in Iraq.
The stockings, one for each of the 160 members of the unit, will be decorated with red and blue stars and filled with sunglasses, compact discs, shampoo, candy and other items donated by businesses and individuals.
"Right now, morale is down over there," Boyette said. "A lot of them have had bad news that they're going to have to stay longer."
She and many military wives, mothers and organizations are working toward a Nov. 13 mailing deadline the Postal Service recommends to ensure care packages reach soldiers in Iraq before Dec. 25.