MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Two local groups are working on making Christmas merry and bright for everyone, one stocking at a time.
Thanks to donations from the Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers, the Sister Stockings annual project is well underway.
"So at this time of giving, we go above and beyond to try to find these women who are struggling and who are giving everything that they can for Christmas to their loved ones, and make sure they're not forgotten," says Alyssa Barker, co-coordinator of Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers.
"Sister Stockings began four years ago as kind of a women helping women opportunity to nominate women who are having a particularly difficult year," says Monet Borione, founder of Sister Stockings.
Friends and family members are encouraged to nominate mothers they admire that could use a little extra TLC this year.
"We decided to create stockings for women and fill them up with all kinds of self-care gifts, everything from lotions to jewelry to certificates for spa treatments, hair appointments," says Borione.
After shopping all year for deals on certain products, Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers gathered together to compile their donations on Thursday.
"Last year they surprised me with a huge collection of items that was probably half of what was in our stocking," says Borione of the group.
On Saturday, they'll actually meet to sew the stockings before filling them and delivering them a few days before Christmas.
"Women are usually the ones who give and do to others, so a woman is usually the person giving to their children, their community, their family, and it gets difficult when her own cup is drawn down, it gets empty and empty and empty," says Borione.
There are seven spots left for the year's Sister Stockings.
To nominate a strong woman, visit the Sister Stockings Facebook page.