The Wisconsin State Journal and its readers have partnered for nearly 100 years to make sure no child is left without a gift at Christmastime.

The Empty Stocking Club started small in 1918 as an effort led by State Journal staff members who saw need in the community. They collected used toys, fixed them up and gave them to children who would otherwise get nothing in their Christmas stockings.

Today, the toys we provide are new, and parents in need will come to our Toy Depot and pick out just the right gift for each child. Last year, the Empty Stocking Club gave away some 10,000 toys and served 4,000 families.

We cannot do this without you — your generous spirit is what makes this possible. Please consider donating to our annual fund drive, which kicks off today, to ensure this cherished tradition continues.

A donation envelope is included in today’s newspaper for your convenience. You may 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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