About Us

The Empty Stocking Fund empowers metro Atlanta parents and guardians of children living in poverty by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time.


Caring With a Purpose

Through relationships with wholesale distributors, The Empty Stocking Fund purchases brand new items in sufficient quantities to offer a variety of age- and gender-appropriate choices. In December, we invite qualified parents and guardians of children up to 12 years old to visit Santa’s Village and select gifts for their children.

The Empty Stocking Fund only has two full-time employees. Without the generous support of our 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

1927

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

1931

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

1932

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

1939

The Atlanta Georgian merges with The Atlanta Journal and WSB Radio

1939

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

1943

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