Life-threatening circumstances compel a 24-year-old Hephzibah mother of three to seek help this Christmas.
“I’m applying so I can give my kids a Christmas,” she writes. “I was shot and went from a hard-working mother with a full-time job to a mother who can barely bathe herself.
“I had two major surgeries to save my life, but now I can barely walk and cannot do household chores. I am dependent on my mother and my grandmother, who have been a big help, but I just want the kids to open something on Christmas morning.”
The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as this for 83 years. Last year, the charity raised more than $93,000 that helped children and families across the region.
Donations are tax-deductible.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
• Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle’s Empty Stocking Fund, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
• Drop off donations at the cashier’s office at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, Publix shopping center, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
• Donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.
– From staff reports