Layoff was family 's second challenge

An Augusta grandmother raising a 13-year-old girl confined to a wheelchair would like your help this holiday.

"I got laid off when Castleberry's closed," she writes, "and it has been really hard trying to pay the bills and take care of my granddaughter. Please help me to give my granddaughter a Merry Christmas. I will appreciate it so much."

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people facing such challenges for 79 years. Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $124,000 that helped families across the region.

HOW TO HELP

Empty Stocking Fund donations 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 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.
- Donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.