A woman now living in Augusta and raising her grandsons has seen a series of setbacks this year.
“My daughter, their mother, became addicted to drugs,” she writes, “and these boys needed a home. I was married at the time I took them in, but my husband soon abandoned us and made us move out of our house in Swainsboro. We moved into an old mobile home here in Augusta. I’ve tried to find work, but haven’t been able to yet.
“I also had surgery in October ... and I’m broke.
“I hate the thought of the boys not getting anything for Christmas. Not toys. They need shoes and clothes and school supplies.”
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