Thank-you for your interest

We are now closed for applications until Oct 2022.


You must register with local churches or with your social worker at the Department of Social Development. The Empty Stocking Fund does not accept applications directly from parents

Please bring official government ID for yourself, spouse/partner (if applicable) and for each of your children.

Registration is open Oct 1 with a firm deadline of Nov 15th. Due to logistics, we cannot accept exceptions so please apply early.

Gift Card

Each child will receive a gift card. We do not know the value as it depends on money raised from our Nov 20th telethon as well as the number of children registered.

The church or agency you register with will contact you to pick up your gift cards

Important Information

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, 2019)  or 12 and under (born after Jan 1, 2007)

Christmas exchange

The Saint John Christmas Exchange

The Saint John Christmas Exchange is a non-profit agency, operating in co-operation with churches/agencies in the Saint John area. Our goal is to ensure food is provided for a  Christmas dinner for those in need.  

We are asking individuals/ families,to register early at a church in your neighborhood. Check with the church to see when their registrations start. The earlier you register the better. The Exchange phone lines will open on November 8, 2021( Closed November 11th). The last day for registrations will be December 8, 2021.   You can register for both the Empty Stocking Fund and the Christmas Exchange, but only once for each.

Churches require current  Government  ID, for each family member. The Exchange checks all those registered for duplication. 

The church/ agency where you register provides for you and will advise when you can pick up your Gift Card or Basket

Please register early.
For more information

IMPORTANT: The Christmas Exchange does not take registrations, you must be registered through a church or agency.

Contact Us


380 Bayside Drive, Saint John, NB