406.924.9512
P.O.Box 6113, Bozeman, MT 59771-6113
info@adoptasox.org    |   

About Us

Our History, Structure,
& How We Execute Our Mission

In 2003, key individuals from several Bozeman businesses formed Adopt A Sox to send holiday care packages to the hundreds of local military personnel that had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year, business leaders, Reier Broadcasting, and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle have supported AAS in sending out care packages during the holidays.

In 2010, Adopt A Sox applied for and received, its IRS 501(c)(3) ruling and established itself as a nonprofit corporation.

Big Sky Western Bank has since become deeply involved, with Mike Money, Vice President of the bank becoming a board member and serving currently as board President. Big Sky Western Bank generously donates space for gathering, sorting, packaging, and shipping items collected, as a year round donation site and storage site, and provides space in the main branch for the awards AAS has received. Fifth Street Design, a local, award-winning marketing and design firm, has joined the organization as our professional marketing advisor and a pro bono resource of our marketing and advertising materials.

AAS Board

All of the board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service. AAS seeks to adhere to best practices and has a strong policy of avoiding conflict of interest.

  • Mike Money, President (Vice President of Big Sky Western Bank)
  • Wayne Johnson, Vice President (retired businessman)
  • Margie Kankrlik, Co-founder, Executive Director, Secretary
  • Doris Meek, Treasurer (Accountant at Takeda Vaccines)

All of the board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service. AAS seeks to adhere to best practices and has a strong policy of avoiding conflict of interest.

What We Do

The purpose of this charitable corporation is to obtain donations of goods, services, and money in order to send over-flowing Christmas boxes to deployed active military personnel from Montana. Large, 1.3 cubic foot (approximately 20 pounds) “Christmas Stocking” boxes are sent to each of our service men and women overseas, while troops serving in the US are given an overstuffed Christmas stocking of goodies.

In 2014, the board responded to the joyful reality that essentially all of our troops were home and not deployed. Our mission would have disabled us from expressing our thanks to our troops who, though home, always and selflessly stand ready to serve. The board therefore expanded our mission to cover active Montana troops wherever they serve during the holidays.

For troops serving at home, whose needs differ from those deployed, we changed our gift to be a large Christmas stocking of fun and useful items, cards, and a letter of appreciation, plus a gift card to a local grocery store.

Preparation of these packages is a year-round process. Throughout the year, non-perishable items, such as books, DVDs, puzzle books, small travel games, Christmas cards, playing cards, etc. are gathered and stored. Hotels are contacted to request donations of shampoo, lotion, conditioner, mouthwash, etc. Each of these items needs to be taped shut prior to shipping.

Items included are Christmas cards with a special note from the Adopt A Sox team on behalf of the community, donated books and DVDs reviewed for appropriateness, a star from a retired flag in a small zip lock bag along with a note from the Adopt A Sox team, hand-knit caps with hand-made neck coolers with instructions on how to use them, a hand-made designer-matched cloth pillow case, and so much more. Volunteers sew the neck coolers and pillowcases at organized events.

All donated items are inventoried and stored in a local facility generously donated by Big Sky Western Bank. In late September, donation boxes are placed where appropriate to our needs at businesses that support our mission. Generally, donated items from Costco are too large to ship in one package so the boxes are opened and the items divided into appropriately-sized zip-lock bags.

On occasion, Adopt A Sox receives excessive numbers of particular items and not enough of others. When this occurs, the shopping committee exchanges the excess items for needed items, or, if the items cannot be returned, arrangements are made to distribute these items to military families.

As the shipping date gets nearer, boxes are staged in preparation of packaging. As donations increase and the bulk of the items are on hand, packaging begins.

When the boxes are ready to go, labels and customs forms are prepared and placed on each box. Postage is purchased and attached to the box. Arrangements are made with the post office to pick up the boxes and ship.

Adopt A Sox believes in recycling cardboard and having a safe and clean working environment. Cardboard is recycled as we go and any educational coupons on boxes are removed and given to local schools. Items received that cannot be used are donated where best utilized and most needed.

Letters & Comments

Letters and comments received from troops, their families, command staff, and supporters. Provided so you can see the sort of impact we have acting together!

Read the letters

Our Name

Our name, Adopt A Sox, refers to giving a Christmas stocking (sox) as a gift of remembrance and appreciation to an active local soldier. Our “stockings,” however, are 1.3 cubic foot, approximately 23-pound boxes of fun and useful goodies as pictured throughout this website.

 

Our Sponsors

Please support our sponsors, even if it's just to say “thanks” for helping.

 
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