Empty Stocking began 22 years ago as a way to supply Christmas gifts to foster children in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
Thanks to the generosity of the community and the growing success of the annual Empty Stocking Gala, the organization has been able to meet the needs of all the foster children every year, and even have a little left over to take necessities to nursing home residents who have no relatives to bring gifts for Christmas.
The Gala is the premier Christmas party of the season, with an extraordinary show band — Party Nation — plus an open bar and catering by David Mashburn’s Classic on Noble.
But all of its sponsors will tell you that their favorite part of Empty Stocking is the day they shop for Christmas gifts for more than 300 children.
This year’s ball chairperson, Sherlyn McWhorter, has her committees busier than Santa’s elves as they prepare for the festive, fun event.
New to the Empty Stocking board this year are Brenda and Melvin Morgan, Karlynn and David McCormack, Tammy and Gary Wiggington, Kelly and Bill Miller, and Mary Jo and Todd Tripp.
Returning board members include Brenda and Joe Bynum, Donna and Mac Gannon, Betty and Robert Jackson, Toni and Art Hathorn, Tracie and Bobby Foster, Julie and Jeff Hansek, Karen and Mark Lee, Lisa and Mike Askew, Mysti and Chuck Ward, Jennifer and Steve Swafford, Edith and Paul Trammell, Kenny Steppe, Linda McLaughlin, and Sherlyn and Corey McWhorter.
For more information about Empty Stocking, go to www.emptystocking.net or call 256-832-5399.
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Save the date
Head to Tyson Art and Frame (3326 Henry Road, Anniston) at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 for a very special wine tasting with Syndee Isbell of International Wines and Leigh Monroe of Pinnacle Imports. They will be pouring 14 different wines, with a portion of the proceeds going to the local chapter of S.A.V.E. (Saving Animals Volunteer Effort). Tasting fee is only $5! Check out S.A.V.E. at www.alsave.org.