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We are now accepting donations to the Empty Stocking Fund. Contributions can also be made by check to the following address. Gifts are acknowledged in the News Sentinel. Names will be listed as appears on your check unless a special note of instruction is included in the same envelope. Please make checks payable to ESF:2013 will markmark free shipping cheap Colts jerseys
the 101th anniversary of the News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund! We cannot thank our community enough for it's continued support of ESF!In 2012, we fed 3,6 families, about 10,0 people, and supplied a toy and book to about 3,0 children.They only wanted to bring Christmas cheer and happiness to those less fortunate than themselves, and they sought the help of the Knoxville Sentinel in their campaign for funds.They named their fund raising effort the Empty Stocking Fund because their goal was to provide for those whose Christmas stockings would otherwise be empty.Their first goal was to feed the hungry. While the need exists year round, it seems particularly cruel for people, especially families with growing children, to go to sleep on empty stomachs when there are signs of merriment, prosperity and plenty all about.Those early baskets contained a rump roast, some pork and beans, vegetables, fruit and candy. Later, toys that had been repaired were added. In time, the rump roast was replaced by a 3 pound chicken, and more canned goods, produce and staples went into the basket.Empty Stocking Fund recipients now receive a 1212 Colts jerseys china
pound turkey, 7 pound ham, cranberry sauce and stuffing mix, and enough staples 45 items in all to provide for Christmas dinner as well as other meals during the holiday season.Children ages 16 and younger in the household receive a new toy and book.The Empty Stocking Fund has undergone many changes as it has evolved over the years, including not only the content of the basket, and the variety of toys forfor Colts new jerseys 2014
the kids, but even the baskets themselves.The first receptacles were simple market baskets. Later, bushel baskets were used. In 1979, Jefferson Smurfit, a local company formerly known as Container Corp., began contributing boxes that replaced the baskets altogether.While the content of groceries and toys may have changed, many elements that go into the Empty Stocking fund have remained thethe cheap Colts jerseys
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with other charitable organizations.The people who apply and their reasons for seeking assistance are basically the same. They exist on very low incomes, usually the result of job layoffs, disability, chronic diseases, or desertion or a combination of factors.