Filling a Christmas stocking for "Neighbors Helping Neighbors"

This was actually not through the Salvation Army, but through Loudoun County's Holiday Coalition, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."  I had filled a stocking just like this years ago from the Salvation Army and just thought that's what these were for.  Michael's school was participating in this and gave each child the stocking and a list of ideas on what to fill it up with.

Since I had several items leftover from doing my OCC boxes this year, I didn't have to go out and buy too much to help fill the stocking up.  Here's what we tried to fit in the stocking:
  • pack of markers
  • glue sticks
  • jump rope
  • ruler
  • giant Santa eraser
  • Christmas paddle with ball
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brush
  • activity/coloring book
  • Mickey Mouse
  • pack of combs
  • calculator
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles puzzle
  • sissors
  • 2 Hot Wheel cars (Jon and Michael approved)
  • Nerf football
  • yo-yo
  • Christmas pencils
  • Christmas pencil sharpeners
  • fuzzy socks
  • fuzzy gloves
  • slinky jr
  • box of crayons
We got everything in there accept for 4 items.  I stapled the cardboard topper so that it wouldn't come off and the items wouldn't fall out.  Hopefully a local boy will enjoy all the items we stuffed in this stocking.

We then took the stocking to Michael's school where they took to the distribution site.  These stockings will be given out to those who are eligible in early December.  I'm all about giving back to my community and just feel that this is one small part that I can do to help out.

Here's the mission for this program:
To help serve less fortunate families, children, and senior citizens by providing much needed items, in a manner that promotes dignity and self-respect.  We believe that a single act of kindness can be the turning point toward a brighter future for those in need.

What kind of programs have you participated in to help give back to your community?