Christmas is an exciting time for families, especially the children. But for families struggling to put food on the table every day, the holidays just bring extra stress. Walton County’s Empty Stocking Fund seeks to alleviate some of the stress for those families during this time and ensure that they too can experience some of that Christmas magic by providing holiday meal boxes for needy families. These are stocked with perishable and nonperishable items for members of the Walton County community over Christmas. This year, the ESF expects to help about 450 families, in a large part due to the local schools that collect canned goods during the month of November to benefit the fund.
If you are a family in need this year, you can register at the following times and places this week in person. Applications are reiewed and approved by the ESF board baset on set criteria.
Tuesday Nov. 12
- Senior Center, 138 Hightower Trail, Social Circle from 9 a.m. to noon
- Felker Park, 725 S. Madison Ave., Monroe from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
- Rock Gym, 135 Main St., Loganville from 9 a.m. to noon
In the past, these boxes have been distributed by volunteers who line up at the Armory on the designated day, but this year there is a change of location. According to Kristy Daniel, who is a large part of the success of this program every year, the designation distribution date and time will be beginning at 8 a.m. at Journey Church, located at 100 Royal Park Drive, Monroe. Volunteers are need to deliver the boxes. To help spread this important Walton county Holiday cheer, you can show up at the Journey Church at 8 a.m. on December 14, or offer your financial support by making a donation at any Synovus bank location in Walton County.
If you are interested in volunteering to help pack or deliver the boxes, email Kristy Daniel at email@example.com.