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. But what started out as a 'few' stockings grew quickly to over 200 as the founder'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 2018, we delivered 2,770 stockings! And what is so especially heartwarming is that now, anyone in need can received a stocking - newborn babies, children, youth (teens), adults, New Canadians, adults living with disabilities, seniors, people struggling with homelessness and more - Wow!!
It is our vision that everyone should feel special and remembered on Christmas day. We are thrilled to say that our community is making sure that 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. Together with her children, she has founded Goat Drive in which her family makes ornaments and donates the proceeds to charity.
Mel Fishman - Co-Chair
As an active member 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 9th year of Stuffin Stockings.
Carolyn Parks - Past Chair
Carolyn is the past Chair and Founder of StuffIn Stockings. She is a long time resident of Waterloo Region and a member of the St. Jacobs Lions Club. She comes from an events planning and marketing background; she founded the Total Woman Show, a premier consumer event that 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.
Brenda Rivard is volunteering for the 3rd 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 like 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.
Linda Hayes is excited to volunteer with StuffIn for her third year. Linda lives in Elmira, and any spare time is spent with her family, including her husband Paul, 2 grown sons and one grandson. Originally from the UK, but raised in the GTA, Linda has made Waterloo Region her home for the past 2+ years. Volunteering is a passion, along with website design/development, photography, baking and more. Making others happy is the greatest joy for Linda.
Tracey Phillips is a busy lady and active member of the St. Jacobs Lions Club. 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 loves time with her friends and cannot resist anything country music! Tracey has been an indispensable member of the Stuffin Stockings committee for 6 years!
Jennifer Brown is originally from Florida, but has jumped into Canadian life, having lived in the wonderful town of St. Jacobs for 14 years. She is a mom to two wonderful boys, married for 22 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.
Rachel Gibson - 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!
It must be mentioned that StuffIn Stockings cannot take place without a lot more helping hands...with the St. Jacobs Lions Club championing the cause and with many enthusiastic volunteers from companies and families offering their help in stuffing and delivering stockings, this is an amazing group effort.