The trauma of losing her son has caused her to be hospitalized many times and unable to work, she said.
The mother wants to be able to bring joy to her daughter, who also has been having a hard time since losing her brother, she said.
"Help me take her mind off of all this and let her have one day of joy and peace of mind again," she said. "I would love to see a smile back on her face, if only for one day."
The deadline to apply for help is Dec. 7.
Contributions can be mailed to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, or delivered to the security station in the lobby of the News Building at 725 Broad St. Donations can be made online at www.augustachronicle.com/emptystocking . The Empty Stocking Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible.