Preparations are underway for the Empty Stocking Club’s Toy Depot, where needy parents will soon pick out just the right toy for each child.

Since 1918, the Wisconsin State Journal and its readers have partnered to try to make sure that every child in our area has at least one nice gift to open at Christmas time. It is only through your generosity that we manage to keep that promise.

We also get tremendous help from businesses, including Target Stores, which donated $10,000 this year and provides volunteers to help at the depot. And UW Provision Co. has also donated $10,000, something they have done every year for more than two decades.

The corporate donations are important, but so are the many donations we receive of $1, $5 or $10. Readers give what they can afford, and each gift makes a difference.

Sometimes, children empty piggy banks. And sometimes, donors include a note saying they were recipients as children and would like to give back.

That generosity helps keep the Empty Stocking Club stocked for our annual Toy Depot.

Executive director Rhonda Reese has ordered toys from Target and is lining up volunteers to help run the massive toy giveaway, planned for Dec. 15 and 16.

Last year, the Empty Stocking Club served 4,953 families with 12,387 children.

Please consider becoming a part of this special holiday tradition. Today’s newspaper contains a donation envelope for your convenience.

You can also contribute online at emptystockingclub.com.

Or mail a check to:

Empty Stocking Club

Wisconsin State Journal

P.O. Box 8056

Madison, WI 53708

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