NEW HAVEN - The SOHU, or South of Humphrey Street Association in the East Rock neighborhood, delivered 204 stockings this week to the West Haven Veterans Affairs medical center, said Lisa Siedlarz block captain.
The effort is in its seventh year. The 204 stockings "is the most we every had," Siedlarz said.
"A huge thank you to all who contributed!"Siedlarz said, noting help from several area groups and individuals.
Donations for the 2014 Stockings for Soldiers Drive were collected through Dec. 8.
Siedlarz started sending stockings to those in the military six years ago.
Items organizers collected included: white socks, knit caps, scarves, candy (sugar-free or diabetic approved), deodorant, baby powder, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, hand lotion, lip balm, hot cocoa mix, small boxes of tea, pens, puzzle books, CDs, snack-size crackers, cookies and pretzels, soaps, body wash, razors, shaving cream, decks of cards, paperback books, magazines and books on CD for the visually impaired.
Organizers had said that they hoped area residents who consider giving will keep in mind that veterans “gave up a part of their lives to serve this country and defend our freedom.”