Ailing mother dreams of 'decent holiday' for kids

An ailing mother from Thomson asks for help this holiday.

She writes: "I am having a lot of problems with my health and am unable to work. I have been dealing with diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

"Usually my children's father buys them most everything, but now he is stuck paying for my water and gas and telephone. He also has to pay his own bills and they just cut his hours at work.

"I have good children with good grades. They do not deserve to suffer because of my ailments. I just need a little assistance in order for my children to have a decent holiday."

For 78 years, The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund has helped families like this one. Last year, it raised a record-breaking $123,000, which went to more than 1,776 families.


Empty Stocking Fund donations are tax-deductible.

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- Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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