The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office completed its annual Empty Stocking Fund Program, distributing stockings full of gifts for 126 families throughout Morgan County.
“It was another successful year that was only made possible by all our generous donors and volunteers,” said Olivia Laborn, chairperson of the Empty Stocking Fund.
The Empty Stocking Fund was started under the former Sheriff Ken Pritchett and taken over by Sheriff Robert Markley when he was elected to the office in 2001.
“This is a long-time treasured tradition of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Laborn. “Our mission has always been to collect new and unwrapped toys to distribute to less fortunate children in Morgan County. We have always said that no child, from infancy to the age of 12, should wake up on Christmas morning without presents.”
According to Laborn, monetary and toy donations came pouring in again this year from individuals, businesses, churches, and community organizations.
“Morgan County is a special place with people who have unselfish love for others. Love is an action word and giving shows our love for others,” said Laborn. “I truly believe in the Bible verse Proverbs 21:26: ‘The righteous give and does not hold back.’ Surely there are many righteous here in Morgan County.”
Every year, the Empty Stocking Fund committee begins preparing for the Christmas stocking giveaway in October. In a statement from Sheriff Markley and staff, they thanked all the volunteers who gave their time to help make the Empty Stocking Fund giveaway happen this year.
“Our Volunteers serve so faithfully. We would not be able to do this without them. We are extra blessed by citizens who donate, and they do donate generously, to the Empty Stocking Fund. We want to wish each of them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to give a special thanks to those who gave toys and monetary donations with such love and concern for our children in Morgan County. May 2018 be filled with good health and happiness to each of you, from Sheriff Markley, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office staff, and Olivia Laborn, chairperson of the Empty Stocking Fund.”