WILLISTON, N.D. - Volunteers at First Lutheran Church in Williston hand made 54 Christmas stockings for women and children at the Family Crisis Shelter this year.
Since September, community members of all ages have been busy sewing stockings.
This is the first year head volunteer Ruth Glen is using the opportunity to teach young children how to stitch stocking-fabric together.
Glen started the tradition three years ago, when a family she knew got out of an abusive situation, and found a safe haven at the shelter during the holidays.
“It kind of broke my heart that I knew children were there at Christmas time. So, I tried to get Christmas stockings made, but I couldn’t make enough. So, I didn’t take them there because I wanted to have enough for everybody. The following year, I was determined to make Christmas stockings for everybody,” said Glen.
Now, there are enough stockings because the Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild donates fabric and sews stockings along with the children.
The church plans on continuing the tradition for years to come.