Before we go any further, let us say this: We sympathize with you.
The post-Thanksgiving sales have launched you full-tilt into the throes of holiday planning. By the time you finish shopping like mad, fussing over food and fervently organizing all your December get-togethers, you can barely muster enough physical energy or Christmas spirit to lift even one piece of tinsel onto your tree.
And many of us are doing all this under the shadow of uncomfortable personal debt.
But amid all this, we’d like to ask you to do just a little bit more.
Since 1930, The Augusta Chronicle’s Empty Stocking Fund has helped Augusta-area families in the bleakest of circumstances have a better holiday. Just over the past decade, the fund has raised more than $1 million. Last year, $104,481 was raised to help more than 1,800 individuals and families.
The Charity Aid Foundation conducts an annual ranking of all the countries of the world based on their charitable giving. It’s no surprise that the United States ranked first on the foundation’s list last year – scoring strongly in the three measured criteria of volunteering, helping strangers and donating money.
In the days leading up to Christmas, we’ll share with you on the front page the stories of some of the people who desperately need your help.
You can mail donations addressed to The Augusta Chronicle’s Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
You can drop off donations at The Chronicle News Building’s cashier’s office, 725 Broad St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; or at the newspaper’s Columbia County Bureau in Evans, in the Publix shopping center at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You even can donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.
Poet Kahlil Gibran defined generosity as giving more than you can. We would alter that to ask that you give any amount you can. if everyone gives a little, it will mean a lot to your neighbors in need.
Thanks to all who have given before, and thanks in advance to those of you who will.