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StuffIn Stockings - a program of the St. Jacobs Lions Club - came to be in 2010 based on a very simple goal: to send one or three stockings out to some children in need in Waterloo Region. What started out as a 'few' stockings grew quickly to over 200 as the funder's friends and a local company (Quarry!) found out about the idea. It's amazing how quickly something simple yet so magical can catch on.
From there we grew, collecting stuffed stockings, loose items and financial donations from individuals, families, clubs, groups and companies! First it was 250 stockings, then 750, then 900, then...you get the idea. In 2019, we delivered over 2,900 stockings! What is so especially heartwarming is now, anyone in need can receive a stocking - newborn babies, children, youth (teens), adults, New Canadians, adults living with disabilities, seniors, people struggling with homelessness and more - Wow!!
Our vision is everyone should feel special and remembered on Christmas day. We are thrilled to say our community is making sure we are helping to create memories for many in need.
While Stuffin is a St. Jacobs Lions Club initiative, it is largely run by a committee of passionate volunteers.
Our committee this year includes the following people:
Deborah Malloy - Co-Chair
Deb is a busy wife and mother of three daughters. She's an entrepreneur, and loves being involved with the community. She has a strong background in art, marketing, and sales. A holiday enthusiast, she is passionate about food and family and loves any excuse to throw a party.
Deborah is key to our marketing and graphic images for our promotions.
Mel Fishman - Co-Chair
As President of the St. Jacobs Lions Club running various events, Mel works full time as a Project Manager at Walter Fedy Corp. She lives in St. Jacobs with her husband and two children. With a passion for building, sports, travel and more, Mel is always working toward contributing to her community and is pleased to be working alongside her fellow Chairs and wonderful committee in this 10th year of StuffIn Stockings.
Carolyn Parks - Founder
Carolyn is the past Chair and Founder of StuffIn Stockings. She is a long time resident of Waterloo Region. She comes from an events planning and marketing background; she founded the Total Woman Show, a premier consumer event which ran for 14 years. Carolyn is Mum to two children and lives in St. Jacobs with her family. She loves to sing and is pursuing wool painting as an artist. She now has a studio in St. Jacobs for her creative work.
Tracey Phillips is a busy lady and active member of the St. Jacobs Lions Club, holding the role of Vice President currently. Working full time at Home Hardware in Elmira, Tracey is very active as a community member and enjoys time with family and friends. As a resident of Kitchener, Tracey enjoys playing baseball, horseshoes and shuffleboard leagues and is an avid fan of Country music! Tracey has been an indispensable member of the Stuffin Stockings committee for 9 years!
Brenda Rivard is volunteering for the 4th year with Stuffin Stockings. She lives with her family in Waterloo. As a past founding member of the Kin Club Woolwich, Brenda helped to raise close to $200,000 for local charities through events including the Grand River Amazing Race, Silent Auction and the Pamper Yourself for a Year Raffle. In Brenda's spare time, she enjoys friends, family time, singing, gardening and travelling.
Jennifer Brown is originally from Florida, but has jumped into Canadian life, having lived in the wonderful town of St. Jacobs for 17 years. She is a mom to two wonderful boys, married for 25 years to her best friend, and is a business owner. Jennifer has had the pleasure of volunteering in many different positions at St. Jacobs Public School and with youth football/sports. She finds it rewarding giving back to the community and being a good role model to her children.
Penny Stumpf is a local seamstress specializing in bridal alterations in Kitchener. She is an avid gardener and loves being outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 6 adult children and 2 silly dogs. Penny loves to travel and attend theatre shows- especially those that her son performs in. She has a flair for the arts, and music, and is passionate about supporting members of the LGBQ community. She has been known to stand on the sidelines of the parade and offer hugs to those who don't feel supported by their own families. Penny cares deeply about her community and is happy to be able to help those in need especially over the holidays.
Rachael Quickfall always feels happier and more productive when she has more to do. In addition to working as a part-time teacher and full-time mother of two kids, Rachael also supports Conestoga Mechanical with social media and community initiatives. A lifelong athlete, Rachael enjoys being active and playing outdoors at the family cottage. She’s an avid world traveler and reader. Rachael lives in Heidelberg and is delighted to join Stuffin Stockings this year to help spread holiday spirit to the community.
Rachel Gibson - Past Charity Liaison
Rachel is a former manager for the organic/ natural meat business Beretta Farms Inc in Toronto. Since moving to Kitchener a couple years ago, she has decided to slow down and enjoy being a Mum and wife. She is really excited to put her organizational skills to work at Stuffin Stockings and to help keep the magic of Christmas alive for those who need it!
StuffIn Stockings would not happen without a lot more helping hands. We must thank
St. Jacobs Lions Club membership who have championed our cause. The community groups, sports teams, Corporate donors and employees of companies in our Region all contribute to our success every year. It is very true "many hands make light work".