Empty Stocking Fund has helped Augusta since 1930

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On the day when most of us give thanks for what we have, we also know that there are others who need help. That's where The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund can help.

For 80 years, the newspaper has helped the community find a way to share. That generosity has grown from humble beginnings during the Great Depression to a modern example of what can happen when we all lend a hand.

Last year, donations totaled more than $118,000, which helped many families through a difficult holiday.

"Since 1930, the Empty Stocking Fund has helped our community share the spirit of Christmas by helping those less fortunate," said Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle . "Thanks to your past gifts, they received the joy of a surprise on Christmas morning.

"We hope you will join us again this holiday in sharing the spirit of giving."

The newspaper covers administrative costs of the charity so that donations go directly to those in need.

Many who depend on the charity are single parents and caregivers unable to provide medicine and treatment for their children.

The deadline to request an application for help is Dec. 3.

How to help

Empty Stocking Fund donations are tax-deductible. To contribute:

- Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle's 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.

- Contribute online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.


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