Originally created 12/21/06

Woman's wages aren't enough for gifts



A 28-year-old Martinez woman recently left an abusive relationship. But she's seven months' pregnant with two young children to take care of, and she said she has had trouble finding work with sufficient pay.

The mother said she was grateful to find a day care job that paid a little more than minimum wage. But it's not enough for Christmas gifts.

"I feel as though if I don't ask for help my children will suffer from my mistakes. The holiday season will still be wonderful if we make it and stay positive, but I do ask to please let my children have a gift or two to share on Christmas morning," she wrote.

Thanks to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, this woman will be able to make her children happy on Christmas morning.

Last year, the fund raised a record $120,159.56, helping 1,233 families, or 5,582 individuals. With less than a week to go, the fund is still shy of last year's total.

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