Empty Stocking Fund
Each Christmas, we are reminded why we put in the long hours to produce the annual Gold Rush festival. Empty Stocking is our biggest philanthropy event of the year. We work closely with other community agencies and family advocates in the school system to select deserving families in Lumpkin County to adopt for the Christmas holiday. Our members and community volunteers come together for weeks of shopping and wrapping, everything from clothing, necessities, grocery items, and of course loads of toys. We then team up with Santa himself and strike out all over town delivering Christmas joy. Last year, our organization had the incredible privilege of adopting 34 families and 98 children! For this honor, we owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our volunteers, to our Gold Rush vendors and festival-goers and to our wonderful community for supporting our festival each year, giving us the opportunity to give back!