The YMCA of Metro Atlanta and Empty Stocking Fund Partner to Bring Holiday Spirit to Disadvantaged Youth

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta will partner with The Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) for the second consecutive year to safely and efficiently distribute holiday gifts to parents and guardians of more than 30,000 children this holiday season.

Each year, ESF invites parents and guardians to Santa’s Village where they can choose gifts for their children who otherwise would not be able to receive presents. To accommodate CDC guidelines amid COVID-19, the two organizations will offer a virtual shopping experience to help underserved families. Families are encouraged to register to receive gifts by December 12.

“We’re proud to partner once again with the Empty Stocking Fund this holiday season to continue the tradition of providing presents to children in need,” said Allison Toller, chief social impact officer at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. “This impactful partnership allows our organization to help efficiently distribute gifts to children within our community.”

With 15 different YMCA of Metro Atlanta locations acting as distribution centers, ESF is well-positioned to broaden its reach and serve more children in the greater metro Atlanta area.

For more information or to donate gifts, visit Individuals and families who want to volunteer with the distribution effort can sign up to help by visiting

About the YMCA of Metro Atlanta

For more than 160 years the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has been impacting lives and strengthening communities. As Atlanta has grown, the YMCA has also evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. Well-thought-out planning, while engaging stakeholders at various levels, provides the backdrop for sustainable change and positive impact at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. By providing impactful services and support networks, and building bridges between people from all backgrounds, the Y has maintained its relevance, helping to create stronger, more cohesive communities for all.

About The Empty Stocking Fund

The Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) brings joy to the lives of disadvantaged children by providing toys and gifts during the holiday season and other core essential supplies throughout the year to support positive social and emotional development and academic success.