62 Toys For Tots

From Christmas 2011: The story of a great program that bring hope to kids in America. Call and introduce the show yourself. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net. Click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Add us to your circles on Google+. Join us on the Facebook page, too!

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Featured music:

“Rock ‘n’ Rolling Snowman” by Plastic Snow
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Background music:

“Christmas Day” by Pete Dooley (from MacJams.com)

“The Magic Of Christmas Time (Instrumental)” by Tommy Emmanuel from “All I Want for Christmas”

“Deck the Halls” by Lil Mom (from MacJams.com)

More information:

You’ll find the history of Toys for Tots and ways you can help at ToysforTots.org.

Thanks again, Tim, for the introduction! Tim has his own podcast, PageantCast, all about the world of beauty pageants.

The Festival of  Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge is on the BBC in Europe, BBC World Service and American Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio in the U.S.

53 Operation Christmas Child

From Christmas 2010: They’re fairly new, but already they’ve put smiles ong the faces of untold kids around the world. We’ll look at the good they do and the concerns about them. What do you want for Christmas? Go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you privately and for free. I’m posting Christmas info on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, and will reply if you message me. Come to our  Facebook page. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:

“The Cherry Tree Carol” by Magpie Lane from “Knock At The Knocker, Ring At The Bell” (Beautiful Jo)
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“The Somerset Wassail” by Magpie Lane from “Wassail! A Country Christmas” (Beautiful Jo)
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Background music:

“Christmas Medley Piano Solo” by John Stebbe (from MacJams.com)

“Jingle Bells” by Global Journey from “The Magic of Christmas”
(Global Journey)
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More information:

Learn all about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child from the horse’s mouth. And here is their Facebook page.

Wikipedia has two sides of the story.

A recent story on an English primary school which pulled out.

A couple of DVDs with Christmas specials: Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 and Bob Hope – Hope for the Holidays. Click from here when you buy and you’ll help out The Christmas Stocking.

39 Christmas Seals

From Christmas 2009: Most of us probably know why we put Christmas Seals on our envelopes and packages, but do you know where they came from? You will. We want to hear you, not just from you. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free; and you can mark your number private so nobody will know where the call came from. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. And join us on Facebook.

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Featured music:

“Wake Up, It’s Christmas!” by Peter Combe
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Background music:

“O Holy Night” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas – Guitar” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Monika Herzig from “Peace on Earth” (Owl Studios)
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More information:

To get your Christmas Seals or just donate to the American Lung Association, go here. The ALA has a decent history of the Seals, though glossing over some details.

The University of Virginia Health System’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library site has a more comprehensive history, as does Wikipedia.

33 The Salvation Army

From Christmas 2008: By listener suggestion from Twitter, we look at the history of the Salvation Army. More at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.  Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And join us on Facebook. And talk to me be on MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button, and my voicemail will call you.

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Featured music:

“Christ Was Born on Christmas Day” by Chichester Cathedral Choir from “Choral Christmas – Seasonal Favorites Performed By Cathedral Choir”
(Classic Fox Records)
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Background music:

“Lulee’s Dance / Joy to the World / We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Tommy Harden from “Celtic Carols”
(IMI)
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“Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

More information:

The Salvation Army USA has a website with a lot of information, including history and ways to give.

Once again, Wikipedia has lots of info.