It is easy to get sucked in to the season of finding the greatest deals for our kids, making sure they have the hot items and that everyone is spoiled during the gift giving season. Every year I try to redirect the focus for my kids to think about others. We are always doing small community service projects but this we decided to take on a different project.
Last week we taught the girls in my Girl Scout Troop how to sew for the first time. This was really exciting for them especially since we worked it in to a community service project. My co-leader found this rad tutorial online for a reversible stocking. We were able to get them done with the group of 4th graders and one 1st grader in about an hour. Not too bad!
We are stuffing these stockings for the local rescue mission. They provided a suggested list of items for the stockings for children and adults. If you take on this project then contact your local women’s shelters, children’s hospitals and rescue missions to see where you can donate. This would also be a great donation for a retirement home filled with appropriate goodies for the residents there.
This has been a wonderful family activity and we even took a few older stockings we have and started to fill those. We want to provide two stockings from each of us. The kids are even contributing money to pay for items out of their own savings.
Here are some ideas we got from the Rescue Mission:
Boys: sports balls, Hot Wheels, cartoon and super hero Band-Aids, puzzles, pens/pencils, crayons, notepads, coloring books, stickers, small story books, yo-yo’s, books, comic books.
Girls: Barrettes, headbands, clips/bows, necklaces, bracelets, rings, coin purses, stickers, pencils/pens, erasers, crayons, note pads, coloring books, small story books, jump ropes, fancy shoe laces, nail care items bubble bath items.
Teens/Adults: Key chains, word search books, crossword puzzles, combs, lotions, kandkerchiefts, scarves, perfumes, slippers, playing cards, novels, athletic gear.
Other ideas: Origami, bookmarks, crazy straws, glow sticks, mini flashlights, comfy socks, hat and glove sets. Some local charities need the necessities for their residents so think of adding items like hotel soaps, gifts in a jar, gift cards to grocery stores or personal care sets!
I’m sure you can think of a ton of different things to add to your stockings! It really depends on where you plan on donating them to and every item will bring a smile to someone’s face.
Want to do something a little further? Organize a Stocking Stuffing Playdate! Don’t worry you don’t have to teach everyone to sew! Ask your friends and family to come with a stocking (or two) and items to use to donate to a cause. If everyone brings extras to share for each stocking that makes it more magical. Make it a potluck… because every gathering is better with snacks!
If you want to get really ambitious ask your school, church or local shop to allow you to take in donations for the stockings. The more donated items the better. My daughter asked neighbors if they have anything they want to donate and the response has been wonderful.
Tis the season everyone! If you have any other ideas for this project please share them! I’d love to hear your stories if you complete this project!
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.