Woman wants happy holidays for kids

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A woman whose daughter has been hospitalized for six months with a congenital heart defect that has required three surgeries wants to make her child and a brother happier for the holiday.

“I haven’t been able to work for years,” she writes. “It’s just me taking care of two kids, so I would really be thankful for the help you might give them. They have been through a lot.”

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