A season for giving

Empty Stocking Fund offers chance to brighten Christmas for those in need

What do you think your neighbors are worried about? Probably the same things you are – personal debt, job security, the contents of your savings account.

That’s what the personal finance website Bankrate found in a recent poll. Because of that, it estimated that 42 percent of Americans will spend less on Christmas this year.

We all are getting by with less. But regardless of how little you think you have, there are some out there with even less than you. And you can help them.

This holiday season, please give what you can to the Empty Stocking Fund.

The Augusta Chronicle started the fund in 1930, and it has helped untold numbers of children and families since. Last year, the fund raised more than $115,000 for area residents with little or no means to help themselves and the ones they love through the Christmas season.

The money you give doesn’t necessarily pay for festive extras that help make the season special. It also can help recipients buy food, clothing and medicine. And because the fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax-deductible.

Contributions can be mailed to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928; or they can be dropped off at The Chronicle’s office at 725 Broad St. You also can donate online using Visa, Mastercard or American Express cards. Visit http://chronicle.augusta.com/emptystocking, and fill out the form.

We hope you find warmth this month from a mug of hot chocolate or a cozy fireplace, but those are nothing compared to the satisfying warmth derived from giving to others.

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