Empty Stocking Fund helps thousands of families in need

Empty Stocking Fund helps thousands of Knoxville families in need

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Thousands of needy families in the Knoxville area will be able to put Christmas dinner on their tables after Saturday's Empty Stocking Fund event. Thousands of needy families in the Knoxville area will be able to put Christmas dinner on their tables after Saturday's Empty Stocking Fund event.

KNOXVILLE (WATE)-- Thousands of needy families in the Knoxville area will be able to put Christmas dinner on their tables after Saturday's Empty Stocking Fund event.

Temperatures may have dipped below freezing Saturday morning, but that didn't stop hundreds of volunteers from spreading the Christmas spirit.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a charity event sponsored by the News Sentinel.

This year they are celebrating 100 years of giving to those in need during the holidays.

Angie Howell with the News Sentinel said 3,600 boxes full of food and at least 3,000 toys and books were given out Saturday.

"Still a lot of grateful people out there," Howell said, "They're very excited and happy to have some extra food on the table and toys under the tree that they might not have otherwise."

Hundreds of volunteers lined Chilhowee Park's Jacob Building, with wheelbarrows in hand to help carry boxes to people's cars.

One recipient said she's grateful for the community's generosity.

"I have 26 grandchildren, so that's going to help to have a nice meal for them," said Mary Avery.

Howell said at least one thousand volunteers participated.

"We absolutely could not do it without the community support, through both donations and volunteering. It's definitely what makes it happen," she said.

The Knox County Rescue Squad delivered over 200 food baskets door-to-door for those who could not make it to Chilhowee Park on Saturday.

 

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