Originally created 12/12/04

Empty Stocking: Mother can't afford gifts after losing job

A single Augusta mother who lost her job in September needs help to give her children just one gift this Christmas.

The 45-year-old woman is still unemployed and recently started baby-sitting to earn a living.

But the small amount of money baby-sitting brings in does not meet all the family's bills and won't cover the costs of Christmas gifts for her 16-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.

The father of her children hasn't sent a child support check since October because he also lost his job, she writes.

Her daughter is looking for work to help pay bills.

The woman plans to borrow her sister's Christmas tree and decorate the house to celebrate the holiday, but needs help providing her children with gifts.

"My children do not need much, just something," the mother writes.

"I think it would break my 8-year-old son's heart the most if Santa couldn't bring something."

This mother will receive assistance, thanks to contributions made to The Augusta Chronicle's 74th annual Empty Stocking Fund.

Last year, the fund raised $99,255.74 for 1,431 families.

Contributions can be sent to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Visit www.augustachronicle.com/emptystocking to donate online.

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