About Us

The Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) brings joy to the lives of disadvantaged children by providing toys and gifts during the holiday season and other core essential supplies throughout the year to support positive social and emotional development and academic success.

Caring With a Purpose

Through relationships with wholesale distributors and in-kind donations from trusted corporations, the Empty Stocking Fund acquires brand new items in sufficient quantities to offer a variety of age- and gender-appropriate holiday gift choices and core school supplies.

In December, we invite parents and guardians of children(birth to 12 years old) that qualify for benefits through the state of Georgia to shop for gifts for their children.

During back to school season and we provide school supplies to teachers and students of local Title 1 schools(schools with 80% or more of their students receiving free or reduced meals).

The Empty Stocking Fund only has four full-time employees. Without the generous support of our corporate sponsors, individual donors, and volunteers, none of this would be possible. There are several ways to support the Empty Stocking Fund’s fundraising efforts and all donations are tax-deductible.

Giving Since 1927


The Empty Stocking Fund is started by a small group of employees of The Atlanta Georgian, the predecessor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Empty Stocking Fund joins forces with the Atlanta Junior Chamber of Commerce, who take on the responsibility of conducting the annual drive


The Unorganized Cheerful Givers from WSB Radio begin providing gifts to needy children


The Atlanta Georgian merges with The Atlanta Journal and WSB Radio


WSB’s Unorganized Cheerful Givers joins forces with The Empty Stocking Fund


The Empty Stocking Fund opens its first toy store where parents can shop for their children’s Christmas gifts


The Empty Stocking Fund expands reach with the addition of a school supply distrbution program.