Finding money to keep the power running is not a luxury for one Augusta mother but a necessity to keep her son alive.
The 2-year-old boy is hooked up to a life-support ventilator at home, which increases the utility bills. He suffers from a rare birth defect that affects his heart.
"I struggle each month to keep the lights on," she writes. "Without power my child can't live."
The woman works in the kitchen of a cafeteria and receives some money from disability payments.
But after she pays the monthly bills, there is not much left to buy toys, food or clothes for her sick son or his 12-year-old brother.
She writes that this Christmas, she would like to give something special to the older boy, who often has to make sacrifices because of his brother's medical condition.
Through contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund, the family will receive gift certificates at 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.
No Name, Please - $25.00
In Memory of Dave Pawlak - 25.00
CW3 USA Ret. Frank W. Gabriel - 25.00
Paul J. and Christine Y. Cutting - 25.00
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Bilodeau - 25.00
In honor of our 42nd anniversary and our family - 42.00
Lewis B. Thompson - 25.00
In honor of Lucy Bach - Don Hostetler - 25.00
In Memory of Erie - 100.00
From: Lisa, Shell, Doug, Steve & April - 25.00
In memory of Mr. & Mrs. L.G. Hiers - 50.00
In memory of David Leland Zeigler - 50.00
Stephen, Josh, Kayla, Jacob & Dylan - 25.00
Douglas and Patricia M. Poston - 50.00
In Memory of Mom & Dad - 20.00
Lowell E. Thomas Construction Company Inc. - 50.00
Mrs. Ruby Tullis - 50.00
Arties B. and Maurice B. Campbell - 15.00
James S. and Virginia S. Trowbridge - 25.00
Please do not publish my name - 200.00
Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Williams - 150.00
Marino and Elaine F. Pelosi - 50.00
For 6 healthy grandchildren - no name please - 50.00
No acknowledgment, please - 50.00
Charles A. and Patricia Y. Byrd - 50.00
Merry Christmas from: Jim, Dennis, Paul, Frank IV and Bowen - 250.00
Thomas W. and Donna G. Scott - 15.00
Total today: $1,492.00
Total this year: $21,386.80