November 15th, 2014

(The Empty Stocking Fund is done in Memory of Tony Turner)  

This year marks the 34th year for the Empty Stocking Fund.  The unemployment rate in our county has not improved.  It has, in fact, raised from 16% to 18%.  More coal mines are having to close down and lay off hundreds of workers, affecting both families and businesses in the Tri-City area. That being said, we have lost a significant amount of money that was to be donated to us by these coal companies.   

It will be difficult this year to raise sufficient funds in order to feed the 600 families we have assisted for many yhears now. Each family receives one food basket weighing approximately 100-110 pounds, containing items such as two loaves of bread, canned food, fresh fruits, one 5 lb.  bag of potatoes, and a canned ham along with many other items. The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund provides each child ages birth to eighteen years two gifts each.  Through our Home Alone program, each person receives a food basket and one gift each.  

If you are interested in donating items for our annual auction, they can be dropped off at Access Cable in Cumberland or brought to the SKCTC Cumberland campus the night of the auction. Financial contributions are accepted at BB&T Bank in Cumberland,or mailed to P.O. Box 534, Cumberland, KY 40823.

Our live auction will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 7:00pm-11:00pm nightly.  It will take place at the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical Community campus in Cumberland.  Donations are much appreciated.  

We will begin assembling the food boxes on Friday, December 19 at 5:00pm at the old Cumberland Middle School.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.  Delivery will take place on Saturday, December 20 at 8:00am at the same location.  If you are able, we encourage you to join in delivering the food boxes and gifts.  This is a chance to see gratitude and joy in the families faces.  

Your contributions and assistance will be a tremendous help, especially since this year will be a tough one for us financially.  We look forward to hearing from you and know that any help you give will be a step toward making our 34th year a success!   If you need any more information or  have any questions, please feel free to contact Jim “Muggins” Bennett, Chairman, at 606-589-5310.  December 8-12, Applications can be filled out at Club 180 on Main Street in Cumberland, from 9am-noon and 1pm-3pm daily for Tri City Empty Stocking Fund boxes.


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