Lisa mateo from PIX 11 News

After her mother passed away, Wendy Strauss found her request to continue the family tradition of filling a Christmas stocking. But instead of doing it for their mother, she and her sisters were asked to give it to a woman in need. Nine years later, that request has grown to hundreds of stockings donated to Women in Need of New York City. Watch the news clip embedded below.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas

Wendy’s story is also inspiring others across the nation, as it was included in the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas." (buy here)