Each year we make Christmas stockings and donate them to the River Oak Center for Children. This year we gave them 260 Christmas stockings.
The River Oak Center is a four site, 1000+ client mental health provider for low-income children. At their two-day Santa’s workshop, organized by volunteers, parents and caregivers are invited to come in and select a stocking (made by Pioneer members) and a gift for each of their children. As toy donations come in they separate the smaller stocking stuffer items and ask the parents to select a small gift from that table to help them start their stockings. When parents come in they are welcomed with punch and cookies and they start by selecting stockings; then go into the toy room to select gifts; then have them gift wrapped by volunteers. For many of their clients, this will be the sum of their Christmas.
We are told that the Pioneer Guild’s support has brought many smiles through the years and every stocking is very much appreciated.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can call member Alice Gentry at home (she's in the roster).