Mom and daughter stuff more than 130 stockings for foster children
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. —
It's that time of year when kids anxiously wait for gifts under the Christmas tree.
But for some, the holiday morning can come with very few treats.
So Janis Clardy and her daughter Kamrace decided to do something about it.
Five years ago they started packing stockings with goodies for children in the foster care system.
"I saw a Facebook post and somebody was looking for pre-stuffed stockings and I kind of just like opened up my big mouth and said, ‘What are you looking for? Maybe I can help.’"
Since then, the project has only grown. When they first started, they made about 70 stockings.
This year at least 135 stockings were stuffed.
Clardy says just about every item is donated, including toys, candy, hats and gloves.
All of them gets stuffed into a stocking, with Kamrace doing most of the packing.
She can get dozens of stockings stuffed in just a few hours.
"It’s cool to see a teenager spend her time doing this and she's been the one doing this since she's twelve years old. She won't let me help her actually!” says Clardy.
There's still some last minute packing with stockings divided up for teens, kids and infants.
The family plans to deliver the stockings to the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council in Richland on Wednesday. After that, the stockings will be distributed to a foster child.
Clardy says, "Just knowing that they get a stocking, it's pretty awesome. It was my favorite and I'm glad to know that every kid, no matter what they're going through, is going to get my favorite part of Christmas."
Kamrace adds that it feels good to help give to other people: "And i actually like the fact they don't see what goes on. It's just them waking up to something that they might not have had before. It feels a lot better to do it in disguise."