StuffIn Stockings 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.
In Year 2, we collected stuffed stockings from individuals, families, clubs, groups and companies and sent 750 lovely (and made with love) bundles to children, youth and some adults through approximately 10 charities. Fast forward to this year - 2018 - and we sent out 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.
StuffIn Stockings was started by St. Jacobs mum and entrepreneur Carolyn Parks, but was offiicially adopted by the St. Jacobs Lions Club in its third year and is now completely a group 'elf' project thanks to the efforts of this service minded club and a very active Steering Committee.
Our committee this year includes the following people:
Carolyn Parks - Chair
Carolyn is Chair 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 now hosted by The Waterloo Region Record. Carolyn is mum to two children and lives in St. Jacobs with her family. She loves to sing, is new to Dragon Boat racing, and has taken up a hobby in fibre art/felting.
Deborah Malloy 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.
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.
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. She is indispensable with StuffIn Stockings; her enthusiasm and dedication is never ending!
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!
Brenda McBay lives with her family in Waterloo. In 2010, along with charter members, Brenda assisted in chartering the Kin Club of Woolwich. The club has since raised 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 excited to volunteer with StuffIn for her second year. Linda lives and works in Elmira, and any spare time is spent with her family, including 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 18 months. Volunteering is a passion, along with website design/development, photography and baking. Making others happy is the greatest JOY for Linda.
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.