November 26, 2013
For the 9th year, the Newsplex is teaming up with the community to help brighten the holiday season for local teens in need with the WAHU Stockings drive.
Charlottesville Fashion Square, the Salvation Army and University of Virginia Community Credit Union are all participating.
WAHU Stockings focuses on 13 to 17 year olds. It picks up where the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program for younger children leaves off.
"Usually they're the ones that get left out at this time of the year. The younger kids, it's a lot easier to buy for them," said Maj. Melinda Johnson with the Salvation Army. "Parents really need help with those teens to make them feel important and that people care about them, and this program is excellent with that."
This is the fourth year UVA Community Credit Union has helped fill stockings for teens.
"Our philosophy is 'people helping people,' so this is the perfect partnership for us to join together because one group can't do it alone," said Janine Williams, vice president of marketing at UVA Community Credit Union.
The goal is to fill 200 to 250 stockings this year.
People can pick up an empty stocking for a teen boy or girl at the Newsplex, the Salvation Army in Charlottesville, Fashion Square mall or any of UVA Community Credit Union's 11 branches. The filled stockings can also be dropped off at all those locations.
Shoppers have until December 14 to returned the filled stockings so they can be distributed to local teens in time for the holidays.