From its first founding by Harry “Dutch” Ervin in 1912 to our new donation record season in 2021, the Empty Stocking Fund has supported countless good works. It is thanks to the tremendous contributions of our partners, sponsors, and volunteers that this labour of love has been able to do so much good and make a difference for children in need at Christmas time over the years.
It is bittersweet that today we are writing to let you know that we are winding down the Stocking Fund. With the recent sale of Brunswick News and the complexities of this multi-sponsor, multi-media endeavour, it was simply not possible to keep it going in its current form.
The Empty Stocking Fund will suspend further operations and be wound down over the next month. While there will not be a telethon or fundraising drive for the 2022 season the charity will distribute its remaining funds to approximately 2,000 children, through its partner agencies, this coming Christmas time.
Heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who contributed their time and energy to support the initiative and bring the event to life on camera during the live eight-hour television show. A special thank you goes to the family of the original founder Harry “Dutch” Ervin who personally supported the fund by volunteering in many capacities, in some cases for over 40 years.
The Empty Stocking Fund