An Augusta woman has been fighting cancer and wasn't sure she'd still be alive for Christmas, but in the meantime, she wanted to ensure that her four grandsons have a happy Christmas Day.
"I hope that I will be here for Christmas, and I hope the Lord will lay it on some heart to help me make Christmas Day a happy day for my grandchildren," the 58-year-old wrote. "All they need is a toy for each and some good things to eat."
Thanks to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, this family and many others will be able to have a good Christmas.
Last year, the fund raised a record $120,159.56, helping 1,233 families, or 5,582 individuals. With the community's help, it can be another record year.
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.
The deadline to apply for assistance was Dec. 1.