Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children
The Holiday Stockings program is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that is comprised primarily wives of retired and active duty Coast Guard personal and friends. Together, these women and over 600 volunteers have grown the organization into one that now serves nearly 3,500 homeless children living in over 92 shelters including 700 homeless street youth per year. Over 32,000 stockings have been filled since 1996 and their service area runs from Everett to Tacoma and North Bend to Port Angeles. Throughout the year, volunteers sew stockings and collect items to fill them before they are stuffed and distributed to shelters in mid-December. for Homeless Children is an annual tradition between the US Coast Guard and the local community to provide and deliver handmade Holiday Stockings filled with new gifts and useful essentials and cheer to homeless children ages birth to 17 years living in and out of shelters in the Puget Sound Area.
WPIG members were very excited to be a part of the effort this year and assisted with stuffing stockings for street kids. It was a great reminder of what the true spirit of the season is and it was a great way for us to end the year.