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Donations to Empty Stocking Club brighten holidays for poor children

December 3, 2017 GMT

Many people look for a way to help others during the holiday season and, for nearly 100 years, the Wisconsin State Journal’s Empty Stocking Club has provided a way to make a difference in the lives of children.

Each year, the newspaper’s charity collects donations from generous State Journal readers and uses the money to buy new toys to distribute to children who would otherwise be left out at Christmastime. In return, we print the names of every donor in the newspaper, regardless of how much they give, as our way of saying thanks.

The Empty Stocking Club started small as an effort led by State Journal staff members who collected used toys, fixed them up and gave them to children who would otherwise get nothing in their Christmas stockings. Today, the toys we provide are new, and it is only possible because of the generosity of our readers. Because of your help, last year we were able to give away thousands of toys to children in need.

Please consider donating to our annual fund drive to make sure this tradition continues.

A donation envelope is included in today’s newspaper for your convenience. You may also contribute online at emptystockingclub.com. Or mail a check to: Empty Stocking Club, Wisconsin State Journal, P.O. Box 8056, Madison, WI 53708.