Because we believe that EVERY child deserves to have joy-filled, magical, holiday memories.

Parents or legal guardians of metro area children who are receiving any form of public assistance are able to receive FREE holiday gifts for their children.

Unlike many nonprofits that distribute holiday gifts to disadvantaged children, ESF allows parents to choose which toys and gifts they want to give their children and to give them to them however and whenever they choose. For decades, parents were invited to come to Santa’s Village, our toy and gift store, to shop for their children’s gifts. In an effort to keep our staff, volunteers, and the families we serve safe during the pandemic, Santa’s Village has gone digital! Now parents can register their children, upload proof of benefits, and shop online from any web-enabled device. Orders will be picked and packed at our warehouse facility in SE Atlanta and parents may choose to pick their gifts up there or at one of our distribution partner events.

  • "ESF helps me put a smile on my kid’s face!”
  • “ESF has been here every single year for my grandkids, and I appreciate them so very much because sometimes it was all that they got.”
  • “The experience far exceeded my expectations. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful, and everyone made me feel welcome. The selection was of excellent quality and was given in generous proportion. Thank you for helping my family during such a hard time."
  • I am a single parent of two boys. I work at a daycare making $9.50/hr. I have rent to pay, water, lights, phone, and a car note. I wasn't able to save anything. Santa’s Village was and still is important to me, because it gives my kids a sense of hope and the assurance that Santa hasn’t forgotten about them.”
  • "I’m a single mom of four with two jobs. Without ESF my kids would not have gotten any gifts.”
  • I was a single mother of three children fleeing domestic violence. My spirits were down and I was so focused on rebuilding that I didn’t care about Christmas until I met with my social worker and she referred me to The Empty Stocking Fund. It relieved so much stress and made my kids so happy!”


Please see the below list of acceptable forms of proof of benefits.

Proof of Benefits MUST:

• Be uploaded as a PDF document. Log in to Gateway or contact a caseworker to obtain a PDF copy.
• Show CURRENT coverage
• Include the child’s name AND the parent/guardian’s name and those names must match the names submitted via the registration form.

Medicaid / SNAP

Notice of Eligibility Decision
(View Sample)

SSI/Disability Income

SSI Benefits Verification
(View Sample)

Foster Care

Placement letter from DFCS / approved agency
(View Sample)

Childcare and Parent Services

CAPS Certificate
(View Sample)


Help light up the holiday season. Santa’s Village helps families gift Atlanta’s kids every holiday season.