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Big Blessed Hearts stuff stockings for cancer patients

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 17:39:38-05

We first introduced you to Dawn Hennlein back in October. She created the Big Blessed Hearts Stocking Project where she spreads holiday cheer to cancer patients.

Her cause has grown and now she has little helpers joining in.

Students at the New Covenant Christian School are stocking up on stocking stuffers. But these kids aren't keeping the stockings for themselves. They've teamed up with the Big Blessed Hearts Stocking Project to send these stockings to cancer patients.

"My heart is just overflowing," said Hennlein. 

Students from kindergarten classes all the way to the sixth grade are doing what they can to help stuff dozens of stockings for the holidays.

"It just makes me happy to know that I'm making someone else happy," said sixth grader, Michelle Studnicki.

Hennlein started the project with just 24 stockings back in 2012. Every year that number has grown. This year there are 120 stockings that will make their way to those in need of a little holiday joy.

"It might be the only encouragement that they receive this holiday season," said Hennlein.

This is the second-year students got involved in stuffing stockings. This is the first time they took it up a notch and donated different items for the cause.

"It's just nice to see that so many people wanted to bring in stuff and help out with this," said Studnicki.

"There's so many people that don't realize that there's so many people with cancer that don't have this stuff. They just want something to comfort them."

Each stocking is stuffed with different items to help comfort people during their battle with cancer.

"It feels really great that we can bless the cancer patients with so much stuff and so many patients," said sixth grader, William Kerrigan.

"I'm helping people with cancer," said sixth grader, Caleb Brown. "It'll help them feel better and help them go through the chemo."

In return, these students are learning the power of giving back.

"To see this all come together like this is a great lesson for the children," said Hennlein. "To know that they can be a part of something and they can help somebody else smile during the holiday season"