It is a holiday effort unlike any other.
Since September, the Connecticut “Dream Team Moms” organization has been cutting, sewing and designing holiday pillow cases and stockings for troops serving overseas.
"This year we have 372 stockings and 272 pillow cases,” said Sharon Betz of Connecticut Dream Team Moms.
Each pillow case and stocking has a unique design with a special note that reads:
“To our brave men and women in the armed forces ... a handmade gift to show our appreciation for all that you do. When you put your head down to rest please know you are in our hearts and prayers."
Betz said for her, the effort is personal. Her husband is a veteran of the Navy.
"He said anything that is sent to them, makes them feel like people are thinking about them and it is very special to them,” said Betz.
The Milford Police Department is a collection point for the “Give2TheTroops” organization and has partnered with the Dream Team Moms. The officers at the department said the stockings help encourage the troops.
"They're getting items that they need, but more importantly, they are getting support from people here,” said Officer Jeff Nielsen.
"This is like just a small gift to let them know were thinking of them,” said Betz.
For more information on the Give2TheTroops organization, visit www.Give2TheTroops.org.