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David Karsnia, from left, Shawn Nygaard and Merle Sagen helped package and ship the stockings off to troops.

Troops receive stockings thanks to David-Donehower

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Christmas was a lot merrier than it would have otherwise been for dozens of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, thanks to 88 area residents who sent Christmas care packages and letters through David-Donehower Funeral Home.

The stockings were stuffed with a wide variety of goods, from small electronics to batteries to beef jerky and pumpkin seeds, said funeral director Shawn Nygaard, who helped spearhead the effort.

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