Partner Spotlight: OCLC, Inc.

“Stocking Elves” make a “special” difference

Many thanks go out to the “Stocking Elves” group at OCLC for their compassion and generosity! This group has stuffed more stockings over the past ten years than Santa himself! Each year, ASW hosts an Annual Children’s Christmas Party for our wish children and their families. Each child receives a gift and a stocking, and many of the children are seen diving into their stockings before they open their gifts! That is because of how specific and “special” this group makes each and every stocking for each individual child.

Organized by OCLC in 2009, the “Stocking Elves” began with 25 employees stuffing 25 stockings for the ASW Annual Children’s Christmas Party. After a few years, more employees wanted to participate, and they asked to stuff 40 stockings. Then even more employees wanted to be a part of something “special”, and the OCLC Team asked to stuff 10 more stockings! For the past five years, they have stuffed 50 stockings, putting tender loving care into selecting gifts specific to each child, providing the stockings themselves, and stuffing them with not only gifts, but with love, often adding personal cards and messages.

Thank you, OCLC Team, for bringing smiles to the faces and joy to the hearts of our “special” children at a very special time of the year!

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