Stockings for a Cause

Giving back to our community is a core value deeply rooted in the Lincoln Derr culture. The charitable organizations we support through our Gift of Giving initiative are near and dear to our hearts, but the giving does not end there.
At our firm meeting in late November, our kind-hearted legal administrative assistant, Christian Whittington, floated the idea of doing a firm-wide giving project for the holidays. Her idea was to spread holiday cheer through the joy of traditional holiday stockings.
“At Christmas, I have always loved to do stockings. Each year I do about 25 of them for my family and friends, it’s my thing,” shared Christian. “I thought it would be a great idea to have the team stuff stockings with small gifts and necessities for local shelters focused on the care of women and children.”
Christian researched local shelters, along with suggestions from the team, and found that  Dove’s Nest and Thompson Children’s Home were in need of just this type of holiday cheer! So we all agreed to pitch in and do it.
But the giving spirit just kept growing. Sara Lincoln reached out to our friends at Gardner Skelton, Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen, and Lincoln PLLC to join our stocking stuffing project. They all enthusiastically agreed, and in no time, our little idea had picked up big steam.
So, we gathered early on Friday, December 13th, and formed a stocking stuffing assembly line. Our group effort resulted in 120 festive stockings all stuffed and ready to deliver for the holidays.
A big thank you to Christian Whittington, Heather Skelton, Missy Owen, and Erik Lincoln for your support of our first-ever Stockings for a Cause. We can do so much more together!


Dove’s Nest, Charlotte Rescue Mission’s cost-free women’s recovery program, opened its doors in 1992 with a 12-bed residential home in the heart of historic Dilworth. A new 120-bed facility provides a structured yet loving and stable living environment, with a dedicated staff aimed at helping women understand and deal with the core issues of addiction as a disease.

The program welcomes mothers with their children and focuses on spiritual, physical, social and psychological recovery, to help women understand and deal with the core issues of their alcohol and/or drug addiction.

The program is women-specific, with a staff dealing with all women’s issues including mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a special team to assist with issues unique to mothers and their children.


The Thompson Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) is for children diagnosed with mental illness. It provides an intensive clinical setting within the safe, child-friendly living environment on our Saint Peter’s Lane Campus in Matthews, NC.

The healing process begins through interactions with trained and committed Thompson staff, including individual psychotherapy sessions with licensed therapists and a child psychiatrist. PRTF is intended for boys, at admission, ages 5-15 and girls ages 5-13. 

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