Local funeral home participates in Christmas Stocking for Soldiers drive

Staff Report

Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is one of nearly 1,000 Veterans & Family Memorial Care (VFMC) providers across America participating in this year’s annual VFMC Christmas Stocking for Soldiers initiative.

From now through Dec. 1, stop in to the funeral home — 1340 S. Alpine Road, Rockford — and pick up a free Christmas stocking to take home and stuff with Christmas cheer. A list of recommended items is included with the free stocking. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services will ship the stockings at their expense, to troops abroad in time for Christmas.

Sending our heroes some good tidings and holiday cheer is a great way for us to show our support and appreciation for the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe and secure,” said Kristan McNames, co-owner of Grace Funeral & Cremation Services.

In addition, Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is also an official drop-off center for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Bring in your old cell phones to help our troops call home this holiday season. The old cell phones are recycled and turned into free calling cards for our heroes. To date, VFMC providers nationwide have collected enough old cell phones to provide our troops overseas with nearly 4 million free calling minutes.

The funeral home is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

From the Nov. 5-11, 2014, issue

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