Empty Stocking volunteers pack thousands of toys each year for children who wouldn't otherwise get Christmas presents.
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GSC helping Empty Stocking make Christmas brighter for hundreds of families in Hopkins County

Grocery Supply continues tradition of support for program by underwriting Friday's BBQ fund-raiser

From Staff Reports

Oct. 29, 2008 - Grocery Supply Company will host a barbecue lunch fund-raiser for the Empty Stocking Program, which provides gifts for children who would otherwise go without on Christmas morning, on Friday Oct. 31, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. A chopped beef sandwich, chips and candy bar can be purchased for a $5 donation.

People can come to the Grocery Supply parking lot and eat at one of the tables set up that will be set up, or they can drive through and get an order to go. Group orders can be called in ahead of time to 903-243-4534 or 903-439-8664. Just leave the order and the time you wish to pick it up.

The Empty Stocking Program has been serving families in Hopkins County for more than 30 years. In 2007 they assisted an estimated 1,200 children in some 400 families with Christmas gifts, books and stockings. All funding for the program comes from the local community.

Grocery Supply Company has underwritten the entire cost of this week's fund-raiser, so 100 percent of the donations received will go to buy toys for Hopkins County children this Christmas. That includes purchasing the brisket for the barbecue, which is being cooked at no charge by Bodacious BBQ.

Helping Empty Stocking is nothing new to GSC, says Gina Prickette, coordinator fo the project and a longtime-volunteer.

"They are an enormous source of support for the program each year," she said. "We appreciate the continued support of Grocery Supply Company again this year."

For several years, GSC employees have held fund-raisers among their employees to help Empty Stocking. In 2007 they took the event public, raising several thousand dollars. Grocery Supply employees send several team of volunteers to work filling boxes each year for needy children, as well as help with monetary donations and special request toys.

"One year they even provided tractor-trailers to store toys when space ran short," said Prickette.

Letters offering assistance to families screened by the Texas Department of Human Services will go out in early November. Volunteers will begin processing applications, mailing instructions and filling boxes of toys for children around Thanksgiving. Toys will be distributed on Saturday December 20. For more information, send an e-mail to: emptystocking@koyote.com

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