Originally created 11/29/03

Health problems threaten family's holiday



A Warrenville, S.C., man wants to make this Christmas a special one for his family.

The father writes that his two stepsons are on medication for attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and that his wife has been in and out of the hospital over the past few months and might need surgery soon.

"It has created the possibility that the children will not have Christmas," the father writes. "I would appreciate any help that you may be able to provide."

Now in its 73rd year, The Augusta Chronicle-sponsored Empty Stocking Fund helps those in need make their holiday celebrations a little more special.

Although the newspaper handles all administrative costs for the fund, donations come directly from individuals, organizations and businesses in the community.

Last year's Empty Stocking Fund contributions totaled more than $100,000, making it the most successful yet.

Through contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund, families in need receive gift certificates at 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. Visit www.augustachronicle.com/emptystocking to make your donations online.