Originally created 11/30/02

Father wants children to get visit from Santa



A Martinez father is struggling to make Christmas memorable for his wife and children.

This young father recently lost his job. He has gained employment elsewhere, but he's making less money. His 25-year-old wife is unable to work because of a high-risk pregnancy, leaving him to support his family.

"All I ask is my children have a good Christmas, that's all," he writes. "I hate to tell them there will be no Santa or tree this year."

Through contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund, the family will receive gift certificates at local Kroger stores for food and Kmart stores for other necessities.

Contributions can be sent to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Or you may visit augustachronicle.com/emptystocking to make your donations online.

For more information about the Empty Stocking Fund and how to contribute, call Infoline at 442-4444 and press 3340.



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