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."
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Waukesha pools closing for the season
- Waukesha woman accused of striking children, husband after night of drinking
- It was a twister in Waukesha, after all, National Weather Service says (1)
- Waukesha's La Casa de Esperanza opens its new charter school
- Trial date set in Slender Man case in Waukesha (1)
- Waukesha Community Briefs: HAWS collection drive, Dialogue Initiative and more
- Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 27, 2015 issue
- Waukesha Catholic schools make a welcoming Choice in revised voucher program
- Homeless Waukesha man charged with battering woman (1)
- Waukesha again seeks public's assistance in funding downtown holiday lights