As the holiday season approaches again, Sabine County Children's Service Board invites you to participate in the 2019 Empty Stocking Program. It is sponsored by the Sabine County children's service Board, in 2018 we had request from 97 families with a total of 291 children. The amount spent on the empty Stocking Program was $16,811.32.

This outstanding community effort provides gifts of toys, clothing, and candy for children in Sabine County who might otherwise have an "empty stocking" on Christmas morning. For some children, these are the only gifts they will receive.

Anyone who can contribute to this valuable cause, which is coordinated during the first week of December and would considerably assist our "shopping and preparation staff: in the difficult task of distribution throughout the county.

Donation may be mailed to Empty Stocking Program, P.O. Box 3, Hemphill, Tx 75948. 

As in the past the Empty Stocking Program expresses appreciation for the caring and unselfish attitude so evident in Sabine County. "It is our wish that your family enjoys a special Holiday Season and prosperity throughout the coming year."

Donor names are published in local news or may remain anonymous, please specify which you prefer. Contributions are tax deductible.

Some dates to remember:

Applications can be picked up at the following locations beginning October 15, and ending November 15:

Brookeland ISD, located on Wild Cat Drive; Monday - Friday 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Salvation Army located on 541 Starr Street in Hemphill; Monday, and Wednesday 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Arthur Temple Library located on Timberland Highway in Pineland; Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

First United Methodist Church in Hemphill on 181 Milam Street- Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Texas Department Health and Human Services located on 2015 Worth Street in Hemphill; Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Applications accepted, and completed First United Methodist Church in Hemphill.

The last day to sign your child up for the Empty Stocking Program is November 15.

Applications will be accepted and completed at the First United Methodist Church located at 181 Milam Street, in Hemphill on the following dates:

Nov. 18, 8 a.m. until noon

Nov. 19, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Nov. 20, 8 a.m. until noon

Applications reviewed with board and volunteers on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. until completed.

Shopping for gives: December 12, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Dec. 16, at 9 a.m. kicks off work day at First United Methodist Church in Hemphill. Gift will be place in bags for families.

Dec. 17, gifts will be given out at First United Methodist Church in Hemphill from 7 a.m until 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping with the shopping will be required to attend a training session to be held on December 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Sabine County Judge's office.

Anyone who needs more information place call Edith McCauley at 409-787-3865, after 5 p.m. or Cookie Cryer at 409-787-3543.

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