Christmas is a time of JOY!
During a season of giving and celebrations, when greeting cards and songs on the radio and in the stores tell of peace on earth, and all the world seems merry and bright with lights and decorations, why wouldn’t there be anything but JOY everywhere you go?
And yet, there are places, right in our community, where there is sadness, where a big dose of Christ’s love is needed every day, but especially at Christmas time. For those spending Christmas in the hospital getting care for their mental and emotional health, it can be a lonely season.
This year you can bring Christ to a place where His hope is desperately needed.
Life 96.5 and Avera Behavioral Health invite you to help “Stuff A Stocking” for patients who will spend Christmas in the hospital.
While the Avera staff does all they can to help make Christmas brighter for their patients, providing a stocking full of love will help them reach into hearts and bring a smile to those who need a lift.
Would you consider filling a stocking for a child, adolescent, adult or senior adult? Start with a Christmas stocking, and check out the lists of age-appropriate items suggested below.
Please do not include any items that contain glass, sharps of any kind, wire, strings, toy weapons (including Nerf guns), scarves or neck ties, or items that contain alcohol (hand sanitizer, mouthwash, cologne/perfume, etc.). Please DO include a note of encouragement and/or some appropriate scripture for the recipient!
Finally, we want to focus on things that will fit inside the sock.
For children (ages 4-12):
Age appropriate games and card games, books, small puzzles, children’s Bibles, coloring books, crayons, markers, playdoh, sidewalk chalk, Matchbox cars, small Lego Sets (for girls or boys), small dolls, appropriate action figures (for boys and girls), soft stuffed animals, small soft/fleece blankets, new pillowcase (with a fun character design), stickers, fun water bottles, special kid bath towel, hats, mittens, socks, slippers, fun toothbrush/toothpaste, bathtub toys, Christmas candy, age appropriate Christmas ornament (non-glass), note of encouragement.
Adolescent Program (ages 13-18):
Age appropriate board games, cards, card games (UNO, etc), puzzles, puzzle books, adult coloring books, colored pencils, gel pens, markers, age appropriate books or magazines, journals (no wire binding), teen Bibles, teen devotionals, socks, hats, mittens, slippers, small soft/fleece blankets, new pillowcase, travel size body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lotions, or other hygiene items, toothbrush/toothpaste, fun water bottle, stuffed animal, candy, age appropriate Christmas ornament (non-glass), note of encouragement.
Puzzle books, cards or card games (UNO, etc), board games, travel size body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lotions, or other personal hygiene items, toothbrush/toothpaste, Bibles, devotionals, journals (no wire binding), water bottle or thermal mug, non-glass Christmas ornament or decoration, Christmas hand towel, small soft/fleece blanket, new pillowcase, socks, hats, mittens, adult coloring books, colored pencils, pens, gel pens, books or magazines, puzzles, calendar or daily planner (no wire binding), Christmas music CD, candy or nuts, note of encouragement.
Large print puzzle books, large print books, large print Bibles or devotionals, puzzles, non-glass Christmas ornament or decoration, Christmas hand towels, small soft/fleece blanket, new pillowcase, travel-size body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lotions, or other personal hygiene item, toothbrush/toothpaste, candy or nuts, adult coloring book, colored pencils, markers, Christmas music CD, calendar (no wire binding), note of encouragement.
→When you have your stocking stuffed, you may bring it to:
- Juice Stop (33rd & Minn, 26th & Marion, 10th & Sycamore, 57th & Louise)
- Life 96.5 studios (69th and Solberg/Tallgrass Ave., west of Avera Heart Hospital)
- Air Madness Trampoline Park, 310 W. Industrial Drive, Harrisburg
- Betz Blinds 3100 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls
- A Glorious Christmas concert with Casting Crowns on Sunday, December 10 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center
Please donate your filled stocking by Monday, December 18th.
For more information on Avera Behavioral Health, visit their website. Thank you for showing Christ’s love by being His hands and feet this Christmas season!