Mother seeking help for children

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A mother of seven lost her job and has been evicted from her home. She says she and her children are now living in a Gordon Highway motel and asking help from area churches.

"All my income goes to my hotel room," she writes. "Without any help, my children will have nothing for Christmas. I would appreciate any help."

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people facing tough times for 79 years.

Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $124,000 that helped children and families across the region.


Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund are tax-deductible. To contribute:

- Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

- Drop off donations at the cashier's office at The 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

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andywarhol 12/08/09 - 08:00 am
What a blessing it would be

What a blessing it would be for my wife and I to have a third child. Wait, we cannot afford to. So guess what, we won't!

Martinez 12/08/09 - 08:24 am
I can certainly feel empathy

I can certainly feel empathy for a family with a lost job but am curious what job provided for 7 children or did she need help before that? I have two kids, a decent job, a home etc and I am struggling to balance the desire to provide a Chistmas with the reality of our bills. We will have one but it will be small, what we can afford. Admittedly I got turned off to these type charities after seeing my company provide a livingroom full of toys to one family, knowing it could have helped 10 in moderation.

THOMSON 12/08/09 - 09:34 am
Doesn't a motel room cost

Doesn't a motel room cost more than a home to rent? Where is this money coming from? Why have this many children if you can't provide a proper roof over their head. I agree with Martinez, I give where i know it's really needed and appreciated

InChristLove 12/08/09 - 10:26 am
Thomson, It's the Gordon

Thomson, It's the Gordon Highway motel.....Not your Super 8. Most people resort to staying in a motel because you pay one price and don't have to worry about the electric bill, heating bill, water bill, cable bill, phone bill (if it's local calls), etc.

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