Stories of Kindness initiative

In partnership with Desjardins, a proud supporter of the Empty Stocking Fund.

What is the “Stories of Kindness Initiative”? 


We’re introducing something new for the 108th year of our Empty Stocking Fund – the Stories of Kindness initiative.

To help spread holiday cheer, Desjardins wants to hear about “kids helping kids” through our new children’s writing initiative: short essay submissions about kindness, sharing, and compassion.

You’ll find entry details below for the chance to have stories read during the Empty Stocking Fund telethon.

Let’s help children practice literacy while underlining their act of kindness, in a holly jolly way!


  1. The initiative is open to children in grades 1 through 5 in the Greater Saint John area.
  2. Submissions must be made between September 16 and October 16 at 2:30 pm.
  3. In partnership with the Anglophone School District – South and the Francophone School District – South, all entries must include:
    • the child’s name
    • the teacher’s name
    • the school’s name
  4. Entries will be collected by teachers at both school districts or may be submitted online if your child is homeschooled.
  5. Only one entry per child is allowed.

Which stories will be read during the Empty Stocking Fund telethon?

Five entries will be randomly drawn to be featured during the Empty Stocking Fund telethon, via live broadcast or prerecorded video. Five additional entries will be randomly selected to appear in the Telegraph Journal on November 14. Other random selections may also appear on the Empty Stocking Fund website…keep your eyes peeled for the story you recognize!

Submissions for the Stories of Kindness initiative

Submissions close October 16.

Thank you to Desjardins for generously supporting the first ever Stories of Kindness edition!

In partnership with Desjardins, a proud supporter of the Empty Stocking Fund.