I dread this post every year for the obvious. If you have followed me for quite some time you know why.

NonethelessI wouldn’t be Army Wife 101 if I didn’t share that the Sears Holiday Wish Registry is to open this month on August 30th 2012.

Sears has officially announced it on there site.



Registration is open only to individuals 17 years of age or older who are on active duty between August 30, 2012 and December 3, 2012 in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Reserves. Registration is limited to the first 20,000 eligible individuals, and ends when such number is reached or at 11:59:59 PM Central Time on August 30, 2012

REGISTRATION LINK (CLICK THIS LINK ON AUGUST 30TH): http://www.sears.com/hah-faq/dap-120000000195418

or sears.com/heroesathome

Southern Nevada Military Families posted these details.

ONLINE REGISTRATION DATE AND TIME: Thursday, August 30th, 11am for PST; 12pm MST; 1pm CST; 2pm EST

INFO: For the fifth year, Sears will be sponsoring its Heroes at Home registry for military families this holiday season. So far, the program has raised more than 23 million dollars and helped over 62,000 families!In order to help families enjoy the gift card donations during the holiday season, registration for this program will be earlier than ever – on August 30 between 1 and 3 pm CST. It’s a short period of time to get your name on the list, and the site will be jumping! Typically they reach their 20,000 cards in less then 10 minutes so you’ll want to apply asap!

In addition, from September 4 through November 19, the site will be taking donations to help meet the holiday wishes of military families.

Please share this information with any DOD card holders who may be able to use the extra help this year. Last year (2011) those who were chosen received approximately a $50.00 gift card to help for the holidays!

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Registration is open only to individuals 17 years of age or older who are on active duty between August 30, 2012 and December 3, 2012 in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Reserves. Registration is limited to the first 20,000 eligible individuals. There is no difference between a single service member and those with families as long as they are active duty they are eligible.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE: Retired, Reserve, National Guard and Wounded Warrior members NOT on active duty status will not be eligible for this program! Gold Star Families who are NOT on active duty status also are not eligible.

SUGGESTION: Last year a few people had problems registering on their work computers due to fire walls so it’s suggested to use a home computer or if the active duty service member is working have the spouse register at home. Remember you are registering the active duty service member by first and last name not the spouse. Typically registration ends in the first 10-15 minutes and don’t be alarmed if the site freezes due to so many people all trying to register online.

FYI – HEADS UP: Registration starts at 11am for us West Coasters but I had the notification happen at 10:30am so you’ll have enough time to log in using the link above which will go live on August 30th at 11am (for those of you in different time zones do the math and make sure you sign in on time).

Remember this is a gift and not an entitlement that Sears is providing military families. Even if you don’t get your name registered be grateful that 20,000 military families will be helped in 2012!

Enjoy and remember be thanksful!



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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

39 Comments on Sears Heroes At Home Holiday Wish Registry To Start Soon

  1. Thank you for posting that this is not an entitlement! So many wives I know last year whined and complained about not getting registered. It made me very sad.

  2. Thanks for the reminder, let’s hope others and you know the ones I’m talking about… Are grateful for the opportunity to register even if they don’t receive..Have a great week and keep your awesome posts coming!

  3. Thanks for posting:) Ive been watching for information, i keep checking back to this sight and the facebook page for possible change ups in plan. Thanks for the link. It makes it easy.

  4. I’ve never done this before, do I need any specific information or is it just a name address email form tomorrow? Thanks so much!

  5. You use your servicemembers information to register. And it is pretty basic name email date of birth enlistment date etc.

  6. They have done such a poor job advertising this for military families.
    With 6 kids in the house I would love to have known about this. (2 teens & 4 grand kids).

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