Originally created 12/22/99

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother of three wants new clothes for children



Splitting up from a spouse is never easy.

But after 22 years of marriage, trying to stand up and survive on your own can be one of the hardest things to do.

An Appling mother of three is trying to do just that.

She writes that after 22 years of marriage, her husband left her and her children for another woman. If that wasn't bad enough, this homemaker claims he stopped making mortgage payments and the bank has foreclosed on their house.

The only job she was qualified for pays $5.25 an hour and is 20 miles away from her home.

She writes that her expenses are much more than her income.

"I don't know how we are going to make it," she writes. "I have to keep a roof over my children's head and have a dependable car to drive to work. I do not have any money for groceries, clothing or Christmas gifts for my three children."

For this mother, her biggest Christmas wish is to buy her children some much-needed clothes for Christmas this year.

This mother will be helped through generous contributions made to the Empty Stocking Fund. With only a few days left for Christmas, many area families are counting on generous contributions made to the Empty Stocking Fund this year.

Contributions can be sent to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Or visit augustachronicle.com/emptystocking to make your donations to the Empty Stocking Fund online. For more information, call INFOLINE at 442-4444 and press 3340.

Contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund for today:

Previously acknowledged -- $71,268.50

The Conifer Place Live Nativity -- Allie, Will & Caroline Blalock, Virginia & Will Dent, Grayson & Benjamin LaHatte, Derek, Elizabeth & William Marks, Davis & Chase Parker, Shelby Storey and Case Wolf -- $216.00

In memory of Bill Perkins -- $50.00

In memory of Tally Durant -- $25.00

Staff of Advanced Services for Pest Control -- $100.00

In memory of Frank Fisher -- $100.00

MCG IV Team -- $50.00

From a friend -- $30.00

Health Central Hydro-Aerobics -- $131.00

Alleluia Community School -- $68.87

Employees from Bullseye Marketing -- $25.00

Anonymous -- $50.00

Merry Christmas to Mary and Leo Shelton from Catherine, Lynsey and Meredith -- $60.00

Dolls and Collectibles, Old and New doll club -- $100.00

In loving memory of Mrs. Margaret S. Duke -- $250.00

From Frank & Mary Louise Guthrie -- $50.00

Kelle Lynn Clark, Stephen Bradly Atchison, Gregory Johnson, Christine Atchison Ewing, Brandon Ewing and Amelia Clark -- $50.00

Anonymous -- $100.00

John T. and Linda H. Bellinger -- $50.00

Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Porter -- $25.00

Frances Laska -- $100.00

In memory of Mother, Father and Brother -- $50.00

Janice M. Nelson -- $10.00

Earnest, Gloria, Dawn, Kendra & Naya -- $50.00

In memory of Kristina Donnelly from the Wickware family -- $25.00

Signed: From the Heart -- $50.00

In loving memory of: Baby Girl, Sydney Sue, Chavous, Ladybug & Sugarbaby -- Thank you, Reddick & Kinney -- $20.00

In honor of our wonderful mothers Mayilyn Reddick & Hedy Schwiring -- from Buster & Mark -- $20.00

From the "League of Their Own" SS Class at Central Christian Church -- $20.00

Linda and Bob Royer -- $25.00

Jennifer K. Giangrande -- $25.00

In Jesus' name -- $25.00

In memory of Dallas & Mildred -- $25.00

Richard and Sharron Martin -- $25.00

I hope my small donation puts a smile on someone's face and joy in their heart. God Bless & Merry Christmas -- $20.00

In memory of Ben! -- $25.00

In memory of Hays' & Brinkleys -- $100.00

Annabelle -- $100.00

Mr. & Mrs. William Gray -- $10.00

By Sam & Edna -- $50.00

Anonymous -- $25.00

From: Fred and Julie Klippert -- $100.00

For God's children -- Matt, Cathy & Katie -- $100.00

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Marcus Stubbs -- $25.00

In memory of Mr. And Mrs. John s. Tyson Jr. -- $25.00

In memory of Flaminia Horton -- $50.00

Annette M. McTier -- $50.00

Merry Christmas -- $100.00

In memory of Edward Green & Leslie Green -- $50.00

In memory of our little angels -- $25.00

God bless you - William C. Byrd -- $100.00

Anonymous -- $25.00

Anonymous -- $15.00

In memory of Rose K. Smith -- $50.00

This is in the memory of Cecil & Mary Fewell and J.B., Nan and Jim Hartman -- $20.00

In honor of my mother, Linda Peterson -- $30.00

In honor of my granddaughter -- Margaret -- $25.00

Outreach, Inc. -- $1,038.00

In loving memory of Papa -- from "Goosie" -- $50.00

Handi Mac Handyman Service -- $100.00

Anonymous -- $100.00

Intermediate Sunday School Class of Elim Baptist Church -- $60.00

Harrison & Lamar Attorneys at Law -- $250.00

In memory of Patricia Dunaway Murphy -- $50.00

Caroline, Jim III & Rob -- $150.00

John E. And Laurie H. Mabery -- $60.00

In memory of Kelly Gerhard -- $50.00

In loving memory of William Batterby and Aaron Woods -- $50.00

Anonymous -- $100.00

First Baptist K-5 -- $76.00

1st Baptist K-5 -- $65.00

In memory of our loved ones, Mr. Ernest Taylor Sr., Mr. & Mrs. Willie Sanders, Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie Taylor and Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Wilkins -- God Bless, the Sanders Family! -- $25.00

Instead of exchanging gifts, my students decided to donate money to the Empty Stocking Fund. Thanks, Mary Booth -- 5th grade teacher -- Lake Forest Hills -- $71.00

Detrick Moore -- $10.00

Friend: Our best to you this season. PWH -- $10.00

This gift is in memory of the deceased in the New, Word, & Hodges' families -- $20.00

Francis T. Godbolt -- $25.00

In honor of all teachers in the CSRA -- Pamela Proctor Boatwright, former teacher, Disability Ret. -- $50.00

Total today $5,530.87

Total this year $76,799.37