"It's hard, and it's going to be hard," she wrote. "I just want my girls to wake up to a few gifts under the tree. They really need a winter coat."
The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund has helped people in need for 78 years. Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $123,000, which went to more than 1,776 families.
Mail donations to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, or go to augustachronicle. com/emptystocking.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Empty Stocking Fund donations are tax-deductible. To contribute:
l Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
l Drop off donations at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
l Go online to augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.