By Ian Thompson
Veterans on both coasts will be getting Christmas stockings stuffed with small gifts thanks to local high school and elementary school students, as well as the spouses of Vacaville veterans and Boy and Girl Scout troops.
This is the fifth year that members of the National Honor Society at Vanden High School have cut out more than 300 stockings that were sewn together by the Vacaville Binky Patrol, a group of local quilters. The students also shopped for items to put in the stockings.
The first batch of 150 stockings were shipped to the East Coast in October to Staff Sgt. Ryan Eberle, the son of veterans advocate Kelli Germeraad, who coordinates the holiday project. Eberle, a Vanden graduate and member of the 30th Intel Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and other squadron members will fill and distribute these to veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia.