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United Way's St. Nick's Helpers program a success

More than 700 stockings given out

Jan. 8, 2013

United Way in Waukesha County, along with the Waukesha County Corporate Volunteer Council and local Waukesha businesses, created and donated more than 700 stockings filled with age-appropriate treats for children, adults and seniors.

The program, St. Nick's Helpers, is in its second year; it provides gifts to individuals who might not have otherwise received a gift this season.

Individuals and companies donated items, money and time to fill and deliver the stockings to less fortunate families in Waukesha County. Items in the stockings for children included hats, mittens or gloves, candy, bubbles, small toys, crayons and coloring books. Adult and senior stockings included hats, mittens or gloves, small personal hygiene items, candles, note pads, puzzle books and small trinkets.

Area Girl Scout troops got together to sew and stuff more than 100 stockings.

Some of the stockings were stuffed at the Salvation Army in Waukesha, 445 Madison St.

"It was fun to host a portion of the stocking stuffing in our facility," said Maj. Carol Lemirand, corps officer. "It truly seemed like a St. Nick workshop right here in Waukesha. There were so many caring people who have vision for the happiness of others who often have so little joy.

"We heard from some of the recipients how fun it was to experience an occasion missed as a child. One person said they never shared Christmas because their father was absent and their mom worked several jobs to keep them sheltered and fed. This blessing as an adult had a great impact on their view of our community."

If interested in becoming a volunteer, visit unitedwaywaukesha.org, or if you are interested in the St. Nick's Helper Program, contact Lori Hayes at Lori@UnitedWayWaukesha.org.

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