Last month four children living in Hephzibah had two parents looking after them - parents who were planning Christmas presents and all the extra details that make the holiday season a memorable time for children.
Now their father has died, leaving the family without many places to turn to for help and a bleak holiday season ahead of them.
The mother writes that she is worried about the children, who are between the ages of 7 and 15, not having much of a Christmas.
"They need to be able to have a good Christmas to help ease the pain and confusion of worrying about how things will change after their father's death," she writes.
The family depended on the father's income. Even though the mother works, most of her paycheck goes toward paying the bills and does not leave much left over.
There will not be any money for the children's gifts or for Christmas dinner this year, she writes.
Through contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund, she can find help in getting some of these gifts and food items in the form of gift certificates from local Kroger and Kmart stores.
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.
Applications for the fund are still being accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information about where to pick up these applications or how to contribute, call INFOLINE at 442-4444 and press 3340.
Webb Lodge No. 166 F & AM $100.00
Rosetta Bennifield 2.00
Mr. Ralph Moor 5.00
IN MEMORY of my MOTHER, LOUISE DUNN GIBSON WANSLEY, and my GRANDMO THER, LOUISE DUNN GIBSON, by WILLIAM DUNN WANSLEY100.00
In loving memory of J. Robert Scott by RE S50.00
Please No Name 100.00
God Bless - Alexander S. Mura Jr. 30.00
No Name Please 101.00
God Bless, Betty M. Trotter 50.00
In Memory of Mr. Ben Williford - Freedom Fellowship Assembly Inc. 25.00
Obed and Doris Crame r25.00
In Loving Memory of My Sister Irene Roudebush 15.00
Joyce & Howard 25.00
Mr. Charles Hafey 20.00
Colonel William G. Yarborough Jr. 25.00
Jerry & Earlene LaFontaine 50.00
Elizabeth West 25.00
Total today: $2,298.00
Total this year: $12,272.39