North Augusta woman, 71, facing hard times alone

EMPTY STOCKING FUND

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A 71-year-old North Augusta woman has fallen on hard times and has no family to help her out.

“It’s really hard at Christ­mas and the holidays,” she writes. “I don’t have any extra money left over after the necessities. It would be nice to be able to get a nice warm sweater, bedroom shoes and a throw. I would be grateful for anything.”

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as this for 81 years. Last year, the charity raised more than $115,000 that helped children and families across the region.

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.

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