The Empty Stocking Club Toy Depot is our annual two-day event, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, where we distribute toys and books to registered families.
TOY DEPOT IS OPEN TODAY - DECEMBER 15, 2022 FROM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM AT THE ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER. IT'S A SNOW DAY - SO CHILDREN ARE WELCOME, IF NECESSARY.
You will check in at the Registration area when you arrive at the Expo Hall at Alliant Energy Center. Follow the signs to Empty Stocking Club.
At Registration, you will be asked to show your voucher (paper version or electronic) and it will be scanned. If you do not have a voucher, you will need to register on site. Please have identification for yourself, along with proof of current address and birth certificates (or other proof of birth date) for children for whom you would like to get a toy.
You will be given a number and invited to wait in the waiting area until your number is called.
Please note that, depending on the time of day and how busy it is, there may be a wait. If time is a factor, in previous years, noon to 3:00 p.m. has seemed less busy.
When your number is called, a volunteer shopper will meet you at the door and accompany you to the age-appropriate toys and books for your children. You may select one age-appropriate toy and one book for each of your children.
Once you select your toys from the display area, a shopping assistant will accompany you to the check-out, where your toys and books will be scanned and bagged for you before you depart.
Here are some questions we commonly get about the Toy Depot and logistics around our toy and book distribution event.
Parents or guardians select a toy and book for each child. You will be escorted through the Toy Depot by a volunteer "personal shopper" who can answer questions, swap toys out if you change your mind, and help you take home the toy and book you think best fits each of your children.
Toys are only able to be distributed during the Toy Depot. After that time, toys are in storage and are not accessible.
Thanks to generous contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations, the majority of the toys are purchased by Wisconsin Youth Services, the charitable foundation of the Wisconsin State Journal, from area retailers. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to the Wisconsin State Journal Youth Services, 1901 Fish Hatchery Rd., Madison, WI 53713.
We strive to build a toy inventory that matches the ages of children who are registered. While there are no specific guidelines about which toys can be selected for each child, we ask that parents/guardians select toys within a general, age-appropriate range.
Parents or guardians who have primary guardianship of children are eligible to receive one toy and one book for each registered child. If someone other than the parent or guardian is picking up toys, they must have the voucher for those children signed by the parent.
Family members may select one toy and one book for each child verified on their voucher.
The Empty Stocking Club provides one new toy and one new book per child, not a toy per parent to give out. The application process captures the names of parents or primary guardians and names and birthdates of their children to avoid duplication.
The 2022 Empty Stocking Club Toy Depot will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, Wisconsin.
You may register your child(ren) onsite at the Alliant Energy Center from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 or Thursday, December 15 by bringing in a photo ID, something showing your current address and birth certificates or something else showing the date of birth for your children being registered. On-site registration may require additional time, depending on lines.
You may designate a proxy to pick up toys for your children. The proxy must have a copy of the voucher signed by you and bring identification.