Empty Stocking Fund: Former soldier asks help for children

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WHO’S IN NEED

A former solider now living in Evans is facing financial challenges this Christmas.

“In 2011 I left active duty Army and accepted a position as a contractor on Fort Gordon,” he writes. “In 2012 the government ‘restructured’ the contract, resulting in my salary being reduced nearly 30 percent. I have been applying for better employment opportunities ever since, including positions requiring relocation and/or overseas deployment. I even lost 65 pounds in an effort to return to active duty Army, but have not been successful due to troop draw-downs.

“We have exhausted savings and sold everything we could. My children’s lives are getting ready to be drastically upended and I would be so grateful to Empty Stocking Fund it they could have a good Christmas.”

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.

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