Spreading holiday cheer to deployed military one stitch at a time

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD)- The holiday season is in full swing and as we start decorating the tree and baking cookies, there are some people who can’t spend this time of year with their families. One group of local women is working to make sure everyone gets a dose of holiday spirit, even if they are thousands of miles from home.

It’s a different kind of Christmas workshop, one where the elves trim, pin and stitch with so much love going into every handcrafted stocking.

The founder of the project, Angela Humphries, says, “Somebody did ask me ‘Why don’t you go to the dollar store and pick them up? It will be quick.’ That’s not the point. It’s the opportunity to give back a small amount.”

Instead of a sleigh, these stockings will travel by plane on their way to members of our military overseas and away from their families during the holidays.

Humphries says, “It’s letting them know they are cared for, they’re thought about. Each of our stockings are prayed over, we’re continuing to pray for them and we really care.”

Each one is filled with treats from candy to coffee to chap-stick. Many of the stockings are heading straight into the hands of people deployed from our bases right here in Charleston.

Humphries says, “These are our boys and girls from home, that’s really special.”

Every thread marking love and thanks for those spending the season protecting us here at home.

She says, “It’s something that unites us. It doesn’t matter who you voted for, what your views are. I think just about everybody is supportive of our military and with the military bases here in Charleston, we all know families who sacrifice.”

So far, 253 stockings are packed up and ready to be sent out to deployed servicemen and women. They still have many more stockings to make and could use the help from the community collecting treats or sewing.

If you want to help sew, contact Angela Humphries via Facebook, here.

To donate stocking-stuffers, you can drop them off at:

  • Knightsville General Store and Coffee Shop
  • Oak Road Brewery
  • Coastal Coffee Roasters
  • Carolina Ice Palace
  • SHEEP Homeschool Co-op
  • Rollings Middle School of the Arts

Seed & Stem Photographer and Amber Mankins Photographer will also be taking photos with Santa at the Knightsville General Store and Coffee Shop on December 10th from 1-4 PM. They are donating their time and ask in exchange for the photos, people bring items to put in the stockings.

 

 

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