Since 1950, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) group at Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton has been handcrafting brightly colored, personalized, felt Christmas stockings and raising money for their church and organization with the proceeds.
This project was started by the St. Elizabeth’s Guild in 1950. The women answered an advertisement from a gift shop in Cairo, Illinois, that took orders for the Christmas stockings year-round, Yankton ECW President Sandy Cope told the Press & Dakotan.
In the project’s first 45 years, more than 900 stockings were created and delivered to families across the United States and abroad. This year’s batch of 25 stockings will go to Indiana, Virginia, Florida and Washington state, as well as the Yankton area, Sioux Falls and Sioux City, she said.