You can begin today to help bring a brighter Christmas to many in our community through the efforts of The Augusta Chronicle's annual Empty Stocking Fund.
An important source of its fundraising is the annual Empty Stocking Benefit Concert, which will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.
It will feature a performance by the Augusta Concert Band.
The concert is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the fund.
Last year, the seasonal charity, begun by the newspaper in 1930, raised $123,457.63, which helped 1,776 families -- 6,645 individuals -- during the 2007 holiday.
The deadline for returning applications for help is Dec. 12.
The newspaper covers the costs of administering the charity so that all donations from individuals, organizations and businesses go directly to those who need it.
Many single parents and caregivers unable to provide medicine and treatment for their children depend of the charity.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert, featuring the Augusta Concert Band
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way
COST: Free, but many have already received tickets. People without tickets won't be turned away but will be seated after those with tickets. A collection will be taken at the concert to benefit the fund.
HOW TO HELP
Send donations to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928