109th Empty Stocking Fund Telethon
Help us reach this year’s goal of
Watch live on
Rogers TV Channel 10 or streamed live in real-time on rogerstv.com
Listen live on
Click to read stories of kindness submitted by area elementary students’
Year after year, the money raised is made possible by the kindness and generosity of the people of Saint John. Each and every dollar adds up to ensure that all children in the region have a joyous Christmas morning.
The sources of generosity are wide and varied:
• Corporate Sponsors
• Families and Individuals
•Fundraisers held by employee groups, clubs and associations
All of the fundraising activity culminates in our annual telethon broadcasted live by Rogers Cable TV. Traditionally, the telethon happens on the third Saturday in November and for many in Saint John, this is their kick-off to the holiday season. Pulling together a live 8 hour telethon takes an army of volunteers.
Our musical director Elaine Boulanger starts early communicating with area music teachers so that the students have plenty of time to select their piece and to practise. She coordinates the auditions, schedules the show and also does musical accompaniment on the piano.
We have a team of technical experts for sound and lighting who wire and cable the stage so that it showcases properly on television. Rogers Cable TV volunteer their crew to broadcast the event. Our telethon is hosted by Victoria Clarke and Scott Thomas who are both gracious and full of energy. The entire team works well together as you never know what will happen on live TV!
We always have a team working the phones to take pledges. Between the phones, runners and other roles, we tend to have over 100 people helping on the day of the telethon.
We work with churches, agencies and the Dept of Social Services to screen and register applicants. The Empty Stocking Fund is not directly in contact with the recipients. There is a firm deadline for the application as we need to know before the telethon what our financial target needs to be. All applications are submitted to us electronically and we screen for duplication as each child may register only once.
100% of the money raised goes to the children. Any expenses are covered in full by Brunswick News. The parent(s) or guardian receive a gift card from the institution where they registered. Typically, we help about 2300-2500 children enjoy a joyful Christmas morning.
And that,is how the magic happens!
The Empty Stocking Fund is proud to be supporting Children in need in the greater Saint John area since 1912. Our mission is to raise funds so that children have a joyful holiday season.
Each child can only be registered once.
Children qualify if they are 1 or older(born before Dec 31, 2020) or 12 and under (born after Jan 1, 2008)