KENNEWICK, Wash. — Months of hard work paid off for a Kennewick embroidery club Wednesday afternoon as they packed and delivered some holiday cheer in something they call "Santa bags".
Three years ago the club from Discount Vac and Sew recognized a need and decided to put their skills to good use.
Ever since then, they've been fund-raising, shopping and even sewing personalized bags for children staying in area domestic-violence and homeless shelters.
Organizer Ginny Hildreth told Action News she grew up in similarly bleak circumstances and she knows just how important it is for children to feel loved this time of year.
"When it's just you and nobody cares," she said, fighting back tears. "To have one person care a little bit, it's the world. You're not alone."
Homeless advocates say packs of new socks or underwear get donated less-often than other items, and they're always in need of more.
Hildreth says a donation from Solstice Senior Living made this years 85 bags possible, but next year she says they're aiming to fill 100 bags for folks in need.
She says they're always looking for help, especially if you can work an embroidery machine.
For more information on how to get involved, visit them on Facebook, Discount Vac and Sew.