Originally created 12/18/06

Empty Stocking: Man seeks help for four children



A father raising two of his children and two stepchildren who were victims of sexual abuse won't be able to give them a good Christmas unless he gets some help.

The 32-year-old Waynesboro man said he was kicked out of his family's home because they didn't like that he took custody of the stepchildren.

Meanwhile, he said, he has cut back on work hours to make time for his stepchildren's therapy sessions.

"Now my bills are more than I can handle with my limited work so I will not be able to provide them a good Christmas," he wrote.

Because of community support, The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund will be there for this family. Last year, the fund raised a record $120,159.56, helping 1,233 families or 5,582 individuals.

Donations can be sent to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, delivered to the security station in the lobby of the News Building, 725 Broad St., or made at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking. The deadline to apply for assistance was Dec. 1.