A Hephzibah grandmother hopes the Empty Stocking Fund might make the holidays a little cheerier for her grandchildren.
The children, ages 7 and 9, lost their 31-year-old mother earlier this month to colon cancer. Now living with their grandmother, the children face their first Christmas without their mother.
While the grandmother works at a local hospital, her check is just enough to cover the bills.
The Empty Stocking Fund has been helping Augustans like this grandmother provide for their families since 1930 when William S. Morris Jr. established The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund to help families in Augusta have a brighter Christmas.
The Seventh Annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert featuring the Augusta Concert Band will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way Extension.
Seating for the concert is limited, and advance tickets are no longer available. Ticketholders will be seated beginning at 2:30 p.m., and if all seats are not filled by 2:50 p.m., those without tickets may be seated.
Applications for assistance through the Empty Stocking Fund can be turned in through Dec. 10. They are available in the lobby of the News Building, 725 Broad St., at the Columbia County News Times office, 4143 Columbia Road, Suites B and C, the South Carolina Bureau, 123 Pendleton St., Aiken, and area churches.
The form or letter must include a complete street address, phone number, income information, along with the ages and Social Security numbers for all household members. Applicants must explain why they are asking for help. Applications without this information cannot be processed.
Applications should be mailed to The Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta 30903-1928, or can be dropped off at the security desk in the News Building. Approved applicants will be notified by mail. Contributions may be sent to the Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta 30903-1928 or may be dropped off on the third floor of the News Building.