In a season of abundance and joy, many area residents are not so fortunate. Those are the people The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund strives to help.
For 81 years, the “South’s Oldest Newspaper” has helped the community find a way to share. That generosity has grown from humble beginnings during the Great Depression.
During the past decade, more than $1 million has been raised to help caregivers, the sick, the elderly and, especially important, children.
Last year, donations totaled more than $115,000, which helped many families through a difficult holiday.
Since 1930, the Empty Stocking Fund has helped the community share the spirit of Christmas by helping those less fortunate.
The newspaper covers administrative costs of the charity so that donations go directly to those in need.
The deadline to request an application for help is Dec. 2.
Donations are tax-deductible. To contribute:
• Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
• Drop off donations at the cashier’s office at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, Publix shopping center, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Make an online donation at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.