The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund seeks to help families in need at Christmas with food and gifts for children age infant to 18. The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund also sponsors an annual Easter egg hunt.
Empty Stocking Fund History:
The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund was founded in 1980 by Jim 'Muggins" Bennett. He noticed the community needed some aid during the holiday season after lay offs from the coal mines, and he decided to start a small organization to do just that. Over the years it has grown tremendously. Every year, we pack 600 food boxes to feed families in the Tri-City area of Harlan County, KY. The boxes weigh approximately 100-110 lbs and are packed with items such as: canned goods, bread, potatoes, fresh fruit, and a canned ham amongst other foods. Each family receives one box, and in addition, each child in the family from ages birth to 18 will receive two gifts each. We also have a "Home Alone" program, which provides a food box and one gift each to elderly people who live alone and have no one to share the holidays with.
Empty Stocking Fund Today:
The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund is not just a Christmas time aid. Through out the year the Empty Stocking Fund sponsors many events including an annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tri-City Nursing Home and an Independence Day Parade Float/Entry.