"We don't know if he will ever be able to work again," his wife writes.
"I am disabled and receiving Social Security and we have custody of our grandchildren.
"We are asking for Christmas assistance for the children: ages 15, 13, 10, 9 and 8 years old.
"Thanking you in advance for anything you can do for our grandchildren."
The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as these for 79 years.
Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $124,000 that helped children and families across the region.
HOW TO HELP
Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund 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.
- Donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.