PIEDMONT TRIAD -- WFMY News 2's fourth-annual "Stuff a Stocking" campaign officially ends Friday, though campaign partners Salvation Army, Mattress Firm and Chick-Fil-A say they will leave collection boxes out through the weekend to encourage any last-minute donations.
WFMY News 2, the Salvation Army, Chick-Fil-A and Mattress Firm still are seeking more donations, as they stress it is not too late for compassionate individuals to pick up, stuff and drop off a stocking for a child in need. This year's goal is to stuff more than 14,000 stockings, which then will be distributed by the Salvation Army to Triad families who have requested the gifts for their children. The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem said progress is slower than it was last year, possibly due to the late Thanksgiving, but it is hopeful about a last-minute push of donations.
In launching the campaign in November, Salvation Army of Greensboro major Don Vick said, "You should see the faces of the parents as they leave our distribution center--a real great sense of relief. Now they can put that behind them. Don't have to worry about having toys for their kids for Christmas..."
Already, substantial amounts of stuffed stockings have been contributed by High Point University students, Western Guilford high School students and staff, Summerfield Elementary School students and staff and Syngenta employees.
Salvation Army of Winston-Salem major James Allison said he is very appreciative of the donations that have come in thus far. For those who still wish to donate, he recommended they might consider stuffing stockings for the older age groups--six to nine and 10 to 12. He explained most people find it easier to buy for the younger children, so there are often fewer stockings available for the older children.
Stockings can be picked up and dropped off at WFMY News 2, Triad-area Mattress Firms and Chick-Fil-As and at Salvation Army command posts.
Through Friday, Mattress Firm is offering $50 gift cards to customers who drop off stuffed stockings at Mattress Firm locations.
For a full list of suggested stocking stuffer items, please visit the story in our Check it Out section.
WFMY News 2 extends great thanks and holiday blessings to all who have contributed to the Stuff a Stocking campaign.
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