Empty Stocking Fund helps families in need

At a time of year when many of us give thanks for what we have, we also know that there are others not so fortunate. That's where The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund can help.

Since 1930, the newspaper has helped the community find a way to share. That generosity has grown from the humble beginnings of a Depression-era idea to a holiday example of what we can do if we all lend a hand.

Last year donations totaled a record $124,281.03, which helped many families through a difficult holiday. But while such a spirit of giving has grown, so has the number of people in need.

"The Augusta region has always managed a level of giving that defies the challenges of the current economy," said Don Bailey, the president of The Augusta Chronicle . "For almost 80 years The Empty Stocking fund has shown this community at its best, helping those with the least. We ask your help again this year to brighten Christmas for others in the true spirit of the season."

The Chronicle covers administrative costs of the charity so that donations go directly to those in need.

Many who depend on the charity are single parents and caregivers unable to provide medicine and treatment for their children.

The deadline to request an application for help is Dec. 4.

HOW TO HELP

Empty Stocking Fund donations are tax-deductible. To contribute:
- Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
- Drop off donations at the cashier's office at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, Publix shopping center, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Make donations online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.