Rufus the Chicken - Contest Charity
Give A Ray of Hope – Help Fill An Empty Stocking
The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund is dedicated to making the holidays brighter for BC children and
families who are less fortunate by raising funds throughout the month of December through the generosity
of its readers and supporters.
The funds are administered through its partner, United Way of the Lower Mainland and will go to
support worthwhile community organizations throughout BC. Administration costs for the Empty
Stocking Fund are covered by The Province Newspaper.
Community organizations which will benefit from money raised during the 2004 campaign include
organizations such as designated Christmas Bureaus, Salvation Army units and other worthwhile
community organizations throughout BC.
The Province Empty Stocking Fund is celebrating its 86th year. It was inaugurated as the Santa Claus
Fund in 1912. In 1918 it became THE EMPTY STOCKING FUND and has since grown to become the largest
newspaper Christmas fund-drive in Canada.
Over the years, the fund has given hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children and needy families
a cause to celebrate, thanks to the generosity of Province newspaper readers and supporters. Last year
alone, readers and supporters donated over $350,000 to the fund, ensuring that thousands of those in need
had something to look forward to.