An Augusta tradition in its 87th year will kick off today with a fundraising concert at First Baptist Church of Augusta.
The Empty Stocking Fund, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle since 1930, has helped thousands of families during the holiday season by distributing gift certificates for food and clothing. More than $100,000 was collected in 2016 in the monthlong campaign and Empty Stocking benefit concert.
This year’s concert, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at First Baptist, 3500 Walton Way, is free but a voluntary collection will be done for the Empty Stocking Fund. The Augusta Concert Band will perform.
Ticket holders will be seated first beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the remaining seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
About 325 people attended last year’s hourlong event.
Applications for Empty Stocking Fund assistance can be picked up in the lobby of The Chronicle’s News Building, 725 Broad St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and at The Columbia County News-Times office, 604 Government Center Way, Evans. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
Donations can be made online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking, or by mail to The Augusta Chronicle’s Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Or donations can be dropped off at the cashier’s office at the News Building weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Empty Stocking Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, making donations tax deductible.