Penn Hills resident wants to fill soldiers’ holiday stockings |
Penn Hills

Penn Hills resident wants to fill soldiers’ holiday stockings


A local nonprofit is collecting donations that will help to fill about 9,000 stockings with treats for soldiers serving overseas during the holiday season.

Summer Tissue, a Penn Hills resident and founder of Military Connections, has sent stockings to soldiers for 11 years. The organization is collecting $10 donations that will help cover the cost of the postage and stockings filled with snacks, magazines and other items.

“It is extremely difficult to be overseas during the holidays,” Tissue said.

“The troops miss their families, friends, and traditions. The stockings bring Christmas to the warfront.”

Tissue began sending packages to her brother when he was serving overseas, and at his request also began sending packages to her brother’s friends, some of whom had no families.

She officially founded her nonprofit, Military Connections, in 2007. The organization donates care packages, equipment and various supplies to soldiers and Marines each year.

According to Tissue, 90 percent of the soldiers who receive the stockings at the holidays are those with no families, or family members they’re not in touch with.

“Military Connections focuses on shipping care packages to the forgotten,” she said.

Nancy Stevens, a member of Trinity Tower United Methodist Church in Penn Hills, said members of her church began to volunteer with Military Connections several years ago because the project struck a chord with some members of the congregation.

“We had some connections in the congregation to young men and women serving overseas in the military,” Stevens said.

Stevens said members of the church contribute large boxes of requested supplies each year.

Those interested in donating can mail a donation to 312 Auburn St., Pittsburgh, PA 15235 or make the donation online at

Those looking to get more involved can pick up stockings and stuff them personally. All donations are tax deductible. Details: 412-496-8941.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or [email protected].

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.