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Christmas Stockings For New Born Babies

A group of East Texas ladies work 10 months out of the year to make Christmas stockings. The stockings are then given to the hospitals smallest patients.   Seventy seven year old Joan Wageman and seventy three year old Shirley Lindsay help make hundreds of Christmas stocking every year.

"We work for 25 stockings a month and then we can be finished in 10 months.  It takes about 100 hours of labor to turn out 250 stockings," says Joan Wageman.

Joan and Shirley along with a group of ladies from Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler have faithfully been making 250 stockings a year for 5 years.

"Our mission statement for our group is that we will use our God given talents to help our community and our church.   Then this opportunity came and we said that would be a great community thing to do," says Joan.

After the stockings are made their delivered to Mother Frances Hospital, that's where the stockings are given to the hospitals smallest patients. Monday, 2 day old Vivian Ruth was given her stocking.  

"It makes a special memory for the moms and then eventually for the babies to have the picture of them in the stocking," says Rebekah Williams, Vivian's mom.

"We get to bring our little Christmas present home in a Christmas stocking. It's just a extra special gift for us," says Todd Williams, Vivian's dad.

Every baby born at Mother Frances Hospital in the month of December will get a 'special holiday delivery' stocking.

"Our intention is that they put it up and hang the stocking up every year and talk about the birth of the baby and enjoy," says Joan.

Joan says they are always looking for more people to help them make the stockings. If you would like to help just call the Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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