Saratoga County Children’s Committee was founded in 1947 shortly after World War II. Miss Jean Barr began her career as a social worker for the Saratoga County Social Services Department. That same year, Jean created the Empty Stocking Project. As a social worker, she saw the need to provide holiday gifts to underprivileged children in Saratoga Springs. Other women who were instrumental in establishing the Empty Stocking Project were Philly Dake, Elizabeth Foy, Alice Reeves, Mildred Rockwell, Carol Serotta and Jane Wait.
During the first few years, they provided gifts to the orphans and needy children in The Hawley Home for Children in Saratoga Springs. In 1986, Jean was quoted in the Saratogian, “We started very small, with just a few. Then we just kept spreading the word and each year it got bigger.” Jean said she never saw the children opening up their gifts. She didn’t need to. “Personally, I was grateful that people would open up their pockets and hearts, “she said.
SCCC feels the same way today. We believe each child needs to know someone cares. Back in 1947 the Empty Stocking Project provided holiday gifts to 50 kids. Today, we serve nearly 900 children each year.
Due to the success of their Empty Stocking Project, The Saratoga Children’s Committee, as it was known then, began to accept requests to help children year round. Today, the Saratoga County Children’s Committee, Inc. continues to help the needy children throughout Saratoga County year round with basic needs, school supplies, clothing, holiday gifts and much more.