Empty Stocking Fund

Empty Stocking Fund

As of December 1, 2023, the Empty Stocking Fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation is open for nonprofit referrals.

Click here to donate to the Empty Stocking Fund

The Athens-Banner Herald Empty Stocking Fund has been a source for local agencies to assist those in need in the Athens area for many years. Funds raised through the Empty Stocking campaign are used to help families at risk of eviction pay rent and take care of many other necessary expenses, including medical, power and water bills. Since 2018, we partnered with the Athens Area Community Foundation to handle all funds donated to assist those in need.


For Frequently Asked Questions about The Empty Stocking Fund:

For individuals seeking support, please connect with the 211 hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or texting 898-211 on any phone.

Starting on December 1, 2023, we will begin taking referrals to the fund.

Click here to submit a referral to the Empty Stocking Fund


Thank you to the 2023 campaign donors:

Platinum donors

Grace Adams


JoBeth Allen

Fred and Eileen Hale

Mr. and Mrs. James De Haseth

Jeffrey and Rebecca Engel

Doris Firth

Joe and Lisa Frierson

Ginger Duensing

David and Evelyn Knauft

Barbara and Frank Rice Memorial Fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation

Holt-Kassay Fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation

Richard and Ginny Lynch

Richard H. Warner

Lee Nelson Weeks Charity Fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation

Carol E. Jones

John and Elizabeth Barton

Kent E. Silver, in memory of Ardie and Wilma Silver


Gold donors


The Al and Kathy Conn Parker Fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation

G. Allard

David and Jean Giannasi

Mary and Larry O’Toole

Wendy Zomlefer

Jeffrey and Rebecca Engel

Bert and Joanna Hill


Mark and Trina von Waldner

Glada Horvat, in honor of the UGA Athletics Compliance Staff

Geneele C. Crenshaw


Silver donors

Beverly Logan

Elisa Zarate

Susan Brown

Philip and Linda Koehler

Dennis and Marian Beresford

Rakesh and Sunita Singh

Jan and Mark Wheeler


Ian Russell Hardin

KathyLynne Sanderson

Laurie Hart

Gayle Rogers

Alan Parrish

Jane Marston

Jannette Ockenfels


Rhonda Sorrow

Ed and Sue Wilde

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Mitchell-Fields, Post 2872, Inc.

Dave and Devereux Burch

Jo Ellen Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. William Norred


Ruth Harman, in honor of John Holdridge

Inge Z. Whittle

Margaret Stahl

The Lawrence Family Fund


Deirdre Kane

Tom and Nancy Thomas


Red donors

Mr. Luten Nunnally

Nicholas Kundin

Patricia Shover

Ms. Roberta J. Carver

Vera Simpson

Catherine Slaughter

Susan Carter, in memory of Chuck Carter

Susan Carter, in memory of Billy and Joyce Chatoney

Ms. Claire Benson

Jennifer Frey

Elizabeth Francisco

Jordan DeWitt

Caitlyn Eley

Anonymous, in memory of John Bleyle

Mr. K. Dan Howington

Randall Edenfield


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