The Empty Stocking Fund is unfortunately one of the casualties of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no Empty Stocking Fund food drive and giveaway this year.
“This year has been filled with uncertainties related to the pandemic which forced The Empty Stocking Fund to make decisions early on regarding the safety of our applicants and volunteers. The application process is held in person as is packaging and distribution. The Empty Stocking Fund does not have the resources to develop adequate protocol and safety measures to operate safely in the COVID-19 environment,” said Johnny Martin chair of the board of organizers for the Empty Stocking Fund, adding that as a result, “the choice was made to postpone this year and begin planning for our biggest year yet in 2021. Many have asked how they can help this year and The Empty Stocking Fund committee is encouraging the community to support organizations like F.I.S.H, Shepherd’s Staff Ministries, and the Walton Senior Center as we continue to enjoy The 2020 Christmas Season.”
The Empty Stocking Fund is a community effort that relies heavily on the school system to collect non-perishables. Volunteers also come come together at the end of the drive to package the boxes for distribution. The Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County answers a need in the community by providing a box filled with perishable and nonperishable items to members of the Walton County Community for Christmas. With the impact on the community of COVID-19, there is likely a bigger need than ever this year so it is likely to be missed.
If you are able to help, you can do so by donating to these three local food banks or any others that you support. They will likely experience a heavier dependance on their services this year, particularly in the light of no Empty Stocking Fund. And if you are somebody who was relying on the Empty Stocking Fund to help you through the season, you can contact one of the same organizations for that help.
Click or tap on the relevant link to donate or to request assistance.
- Monroe, 1400 South Madison Ave., Monroe, GA 30655 – Phone 770-267-6589
- Loganville, 603 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052 – Phone 770-466-3620
- Social Circle, 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA 30025 – Phone 770-464-1700
The Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County will be back in 2021 and the organizers hope that more community members will join for what they would like to be the biggest community effort yet.
“The committee is inviting all who have supported the organization in previous years to consider one or more ways of supporting The Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County in 2021,” Martin said.
Here’s how you can help.
• Become a committee member • Volunteer during November and December 2021
– Food Collection
– Process Applications – Packaging boxes for distribution
– Distributing boxes to recipients
• Financial Support
– The Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County is a 501(c)3 organization and one of the Walton County United Way Agencies.
If you are interested in supporting The Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County you are asked to contact the committee at email@example.com