Donations in 2008 break record

In what has become a holiday tradition, donations to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund set another record for annual giving in 2008.

Families, businesses and organizations contributed $124,281.03, which helped many families and individuals during the holidays.

That surpassed the record of $123,457.63 in 2007.

"Thanks again to all of you who donated," said Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle . "As the needs in our community have grown, so has its generosity. The fact that readers of The Chronicle can set a new annual record for Empty Stocking Fund giving in these challenging economic times, is a wonderful example of what makes our town and region so special."

Many of the recipients of donations were caregivers, parents or others suffering through a family tragedy, illness or job loss who asked only for some help in making Christmas brighter for their children.

The Chronicle began the Empty Stocking Fund in 1930.