The Saratoga County Children’s Committee sponsors the following programs:
The Empty Stocking Project begins in September when local agencies and schools identify children in need. They give us the first names and information for the children and we match them with sponsors. Generous and loyal “friends” sponsor these children by fulfilling their holiday wish list. Gifts from sponsors are collected, checked and last minute shopping done. The agencies retrieve the bags and deliver the gifts to the child’s family by mid-December. Without the help of our “friends” who sponsor children or make cash donations, our Empty Stocking Project would not succeed. Individuals, families, civic groups, and businesses assist us each year and are the heart of the Empty Stocking Project and the reason it is successful year after year.
Back to School Program – We work with schools to provide backpacks and school supplies to children whose families can’t afford them. We also assist with new clothing and shoes.
Camperships – Each summer, we sponsor kids to attend Camp Saradac in Saratoga. We also sponsor kids to attend special camps such as riding, sports, dance and music.
Special Requests – Our agencies contact us with special requests. Some examples are bedding, clothing, baby equipment, shoes, and music lessons for a budding musician, dance lessons for a promising ballerina, prom gowns, sneakers or cleats for an athlete, etc.