Empty Stocking Fund

Here’s how to donate to the Empty Stocking Fund

The Charlotte Observer has sponsored the Empty Stocking Fund since about 1920. In recent years, Observer readers have contributed an average of nearly $370,000 annually to buy needy children gifts for Christmas. All of the donations go to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau, which buys toys, food, clothing and gift cards for families.

To qualify, a recipient must submit verification of income, address and other information that demonstrates need.

Some 1,000 volunteers help out during three days of distribution in December, with thousands more volunteering throughout registration in October and preparation in November. We’ll publish all donors’ names. If the contributor gives in someone’s memory or honor, we’ll publish that name, too. Contributors can remain anonymous.

To donate online: salvationarmycharlotte.org/stockingfund Or mail checks to: The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, P.O. Box 31128, Charlotte, NC 28231. Make checks payable to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte and write “Empty Stocking Fund” in the memo line. For questions concerning your donation, call 704-716-2769.