WHAT WE DO
Stockings 4 Kids provides beautiful filled Christmas stockings to less fortunate children in our Community. Stockings 4 Kids will share the magic and love of Christmas with 4,000 children this Christmas.
The stockings are filled by other children providing them with the opportunity to experience the value of helping someone less fortunate than themselves. Last year we had 85 young children (elves) stuffing the stockings on “stuffing day.” The program creates a memorable lasting experience for the elves.
Last year Stockings 4 Kids provided 3,000 beautiful filled Christmas stockings to less fortunate children right here in our own community. This is our 8th year for Stockings 4 Kids and we plan to help 4,000 children enjoy the magic of Christmas with their own Christmas stockings.
HOW WE DO IT
We reach out to the community raising funds to purchase the toys that will go into the stockings. Last year we had 15 toys in each stocking. They are beautiful stockings and bring great joy to all of the recipients.
Each stocking costs $15 and 100% of all donations goes toward the cost of the stockings. We encourage sponsorship donations whenever possible, however, all donations make a difference and are appreciated
Our little elves are learning the importance of reaching out to help other children. They realize that for many children this may be their only present on Christmas day. They actually have the opportunity to experience the loving feeling of making a difference for another child.
Santa’s Workshop is opened on Saturday, December 10, 2016 and the Elves will stuff all 4,000 stockings. The stockings will be delivered to 18 charities on Monday, December 12, 2016 with the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Last year we provided 3,000 stockings to over 15 charitable organizations as well as to families who were in need of Christmas gifts for their children. This year we’re targeting 4,000 stockings by expanding throughout Southwest Florida. We so appreciate the support from our community to make this happen.
- United Mechanical, Inc., has been the Event Sponsor for the past 4 years. They provide the warehouse space to make this project possible. They decorate the warehouse and turn it into Santa’s Workshop for stuffing day. They are also a Santa Sponsor.
- United Way of Lee is a partner with Stockings 4 Kids. This qualifies donations as a taxable deduction. United Way continues to support and assist us in many ways.
- Lee County Sheriff’s Office is a partner with Stockings 4 Kids. Deputies volunteer their time to join our elves on stuffing day at Santa’s Workshop. They also deliver all of the filled stockings to their locations. The elves love meeting deputies up close and personal. The deputies express their admiration to all of the elves for volunteering their time to help children less fortunate. They are also a Santa Sponsor.
- We have many companies who provide “in-kind services” for Stockings 4 Kids. This allows us to allocate 100% of all donations to the actual stockings.