The mission of the News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund (ESF)
is to provide food and toys to disadvantaged East Tennesseans
during the holidays.


In 2017, we fed 3,500 families, about 10,000 people, and supplied a toy and book to about 3,000 children. Each family received a food basket filled with about 40 items including a turkey, fresh produce, canned goods and much more. 

Find out how you can help the ESF Here.


Thank you to the Big Kahuna Wing Festival for raising $70,000
to benefit The Empty Stocking Fund, Second Harvest,
The Butterfly Fund and Big Hands Big Hearts!

History of the esf

When the late Raleigh Harrison, a Knoxville lawyer, and a group of Knoxville citizens proposed a project to feed needy families at Christmas back in 1912, they couldn’t have known that their big idea would still be going strong nearly a hundred years later...

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Free Flu Shot Saturday (FFSS) is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Empty Stocking Fund. For the past 20 years, free influenza immunizations have been offered on one Saturday in the fall in and around Knoxville to anyone who is interested...

2018 Free Flu Shot Saturday →