A year after the sudden death of 16-year-old Nash Bruneau, his mom is organizing a Christmas Stocking Drive in his honour. 

Amber Neufeld says her son was kind-hearted and loved the holidays. 

“He was extremely generous,” she adds, “so, this stocking drive is to honour his memory and a way for him to live on through creating some kindness.” 

Neufeld says her son was well known at the SRSS in Steinbach, and in the community of Selkirk, where he used to attend school. 

She initially planned to offer Christmas stockings in Blumenort but has now expanded this to include Selkirk. 

Shortly after releasing information on the stocking drive, Neufeld says she quickly received a lot of communication from people who wanted to nominate someone to receive a stocking. 

Donations also started pouring in. 

She now plans to fill at least 100 stockings and will make the special deliveries during the week before Christmas. 

While most of the names on her list belong to children, Neufeld says she is also putting together some stockings for parents. 

Her hope is to make this an annual event, continuing to spread joy and kindness to people who could benefit from holiday cheer. 

Working on the stocking drive also lifts the spirits of this mother who is still grieving the loss of her son. 

“It is really helping me with my grieving process for sure, I actually couldn’t talk about it for the longest time, and it's been very hard.” 

Even during the first 48 hours after starting this drive, Neufeld says it warmed her heart. 

If you would like more information on donating to the stockings or would like to nominate someone from Blumenort of Selkirk, click her to reach her group page on Facebook

-With files from Carly Koop


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