Originally created 12/19/06

Grandmother unable to purchase presents



A 65-year-old Hephzibah woman said her 8-year-old granddaughter is losing the excitement of Christmas because she hasn't been able to buy the girl gifts.

The girl's mother left her as a baby. Now, with her son unable to work, the grandmother said it has been difficult to provide for the girl. Last year, she said, she couldn't give her a good Christmas morning.

"I've done the best I can, but now they take Medicare out of my Social Security check, and by the time I pay rent and electric I have nothing. I am behind in rent because I have to pay co-payments on my medications. I can no longer work."

Thanks to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, this girl will have presents this year.

Last year, the fund raised a record $120,159.56, helping 1,233 families or 5,582 individuals. With the community's support, it will be another record year.

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 onlinr at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.

The deadline to apply for assistance was Dec. 1.