In early November, a link to the application form is sent to area schools, social workers and service agencies for parents to sign up to receive toys and books. The form is simple and does not require a lot of verification or paperwork. Children 16 and under (turning 16 in the current year) are eligible.
The deadline to sign up to receive toys and books is December 7.
After December 7, a paper Toy Voucher is mailed or e-mailed to all the families who applied. In mid-December there are two days of an in-person toy and book distribution at the Alliant Energy Center.
Families come in with their Toy Voucher, the Toy Voucher is scanned and the parents, primary guardian or authorized proxy pick out one new toy and book per child. The toys and books are bagged and the parents take them home and can wrap them up to put under the tree.
Register your age-eligible child(ren) starting in November each year. You can apply online, or application forms are available from area schools, social workers, and service agencies.
In early December, a Toy Voucher is sent out to all applying families via paper voucher and/or e-mail.
With your Toy Voucher in-hand, come to the Toy Depot at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Toy and book distribution happens over two days in mid-December each year.
One parent, primary guardian, or authorized proxy can pick out one new toy and one book per registered child. The toys and books are scanned and bagged at the Toy Depot, and are then ready to take home to wrap and put under the tree.
Here are some questions about the Empty Stocking Club application and registration process we commonly get from families wishing to receive toys