The father had a heart attack and the mother later had a light stroke and now appears to have other health issues, too. Neither has been able to return to work.
"I have a 14-year-old son and no possible means to give him anything for Christmas," the mother writes. "Please help us."
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
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 augusta chronicle.com/emptystocking.