Empty Stocking Fund
Each fall the Gainesville Jaycees raise money throughout the community in a two-month effort known as the Empty Stocking Fund. As we have done since 1955, once the funds have been secured, we meet early on a December Saturday morning to buy gifts for approximately 250 children in our community. These children are chosen by their school counselors based on need and most would not otherwise have presents to open on Christmas morning. The following week the Jaycees give the boxed gifts to the recipient families at our annual skate party, complete with a special visit from Santa to help bring in the holiday cheer.