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Local Churches Stuff Stockings For Children in Need

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Rochester: Local Churches Stuff Stockings For Children in Need
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On Sunday morning members from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Penfield and St. Martin Lutheran Church in Webster came together to bring holiday cheer to children in need.

"It feels really good for any person to do this," said St. Martin Lutheran Church Pastor, Johanna Rehbaum.

"There is anyone from age 4 all the way up to 94. There are all ages and everyone is so excited about it," said Rehbaum.

"Some kids parents they can't afford presents so we just like giving presents," said 6th grader Sebastian Kulak.

They spent their morning stuffing stockings.

"Last year we stuffed 150 stockings. This year the challenge came from Santa to say we need 300 this year because there is so much needed," said St. Martin Lutheran Church Ed Currier.

Three-hundred stockings were filled for children to open on Christmas morning. The stockings filled with items like socks, mittens, hats, and small toys.

"It provides some practical materials but also some fun materials for kids who might not have those christmas morning," said Currier.

The stocking will be delivered to Maggies Kids, Hope House, The South Wedge Mission and many other places in Rochester and Webster.

"Thats part of being a Christian. My Goodness. To love one another. To give. We love to do that naturally," said Volunteer Milford Apetz.

But most of all, volunteers say, it's important to come out and help the community.

"It makes me feel really good to help out the community," said Kulak.

Donations can still be made to either church. Rehbaum says when they finish the stockings donations will be put in storage for events like this one in the future.

"Even just a dollar can go a long way in this project," said Rehbaum.

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