Empty Stocking Project volunteers stuff gifts with love

MILFORD — While some used the last Saturdays before Christmas to finish shopping, others spent the morning filling up stockings.

The goal of the collaboration between The Milford Chronicle and the Milford Church of God was to complete the Empty Stocking Project, providing enough stockings for more than 100 students at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School located behind the church.

Pastor Andy Stevens estimated each stocking cost the project $24, complete with crayons, coloring books, a uniform shirt with a Milford School District logo, candy and other items.

To fund the project, donations were collected on the church’s website.

With the organizational help of church member Bruce Cottle, project got off the ground and found its way all the way to Christmas, just in time for the students to receive their new gifts before the holiday break began.

“It took a lot of work, but we’re here! We’re getting this done. It’s amazing watching everyone come together to see this through,” Mr. Cottle said Saturday, Dec. 17 while volunteers stuffed stockings.

The church, Pastor Stevens added, hopes the students find love and kindness inside the stockings.

“My idea of benevolence is giving without expecting anything in return and if they find out about our church in the process, then great,” he said Saturday morning while helping volunteers stuff stockings.

Once stuffed with goodies, the stockings were taken to the school by Dr. Bridget Amory, director of elementary education with the Milford School District.

“Imagine the kids who wouldn’t get even stockings this year,” she said. “They will love this. It’s great.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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