From Avera Behavioral Health Center:

“On behalf of all those we serve, we are so thankful! This is a record year of stockings given as we have received over 400 stuffed stockings for patients of all ages!  We started handing them out to patients in mid-December as the stockings started to pour in, and of course, every patient will get one on Christmas Day!

Additionally, we have enough to bring to our adult units for children that visit their parent on Christmas Day to bring the joy of CHRISTmas to each of those children whose parent may not have had the opportunity to buy a Christmas gift.  The start of this Christmas week each child that has been discharged , their parent has secretly been given  a stuffed stocking, a blanket and a stuffed animal for them to give their child on Christmas day. Since we do have so many donations we have been able to give several stockings to be handed out to children and adults  who come in for outpatient psychiatry and counseling appointments at our two Psychiatric clinics.

With so many wonderful gifts and encouraging notes your generosity has undoubtedly showed the hands and feet of Jesus.  God bless your listeners and Life 96.5 for providing hope to those in need at Christmas.”

Special thanks to the generous local businesses who opened their doors for Stuff a Stocking drop-off:  all Sioux Falls Juice Stop locations, Betz Blinds, and Air Madness Trampoline Park. We couldn’t have collected the Stockings without you!

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