Out-of-work mom seeks gift for son

Surgery and a job loss have forced a Grovetown woman out of her home.

"I lost my job in April," she writes. "I have no income and am battling to get child support.

"My son (15) is a very smart young man and tries very hard. I am doing this so he will have something nice for Christmas. It will be a blessing to receive something for my son."

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as this for 80 years. Last year, the charity raised more than $118,000 that helped children and families across the region.

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.

- Donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.