Sixers, Soldier's Angels stuff holiday stockings

Mark Abrams
November 20, 2018 - 8:54 pm
Stockings for Soldiers

Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia 76ers and volunteers with "Soldiers Angels" stuffed holiday stockings on Tuesday at the Camden County Boys and Girls Club with goodies to be distributed to active-duty service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There were tables filled with red stockings and stacks of microwave popcorn, hand sanitizers and other personal items, all being packed to ship overseas in time for Christmas.

Senior Navy Chief Manuel Perez of Philadelphia has been deployed in the Middle East and says he has been on the receiving end of the kind of packages he's helping prepare.

"It shows that the people back home haven't forgotten you," Perez said. "They're thinking of you and it means a lot. A big morale booster actually that we receive these packages." 

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Amy Hever is executive director of social responsibility for the Sixers. She says there's something special for active duty and veterans who already have served. 

"Some kits that will be sent to soldiers who are currently serving overseas," Hever said, "and then also putting together some different kits that will be sent to the Veteran's hospital here in Philadelphia."

For T. Ebony Brown, a Lexington, Kentucky native assigned to the Naval Support Activity group here in Philadelphia, the mission is a labor of love.

"It feels good to be able to help, you know, every branch, even if it's not just the Navy," Brown said. "It feels good to help."

And, Travis Hollyfield of Virginia Beach, Virginia, another Navy guy, who served overseas on board the USS Washington, says he'll never forget the holiday packages his ship got.

"Going through our boxes and seeing the things that were sent to us and it was a very uplifting thing for us," Hollyfield said.