Empty Stocking Fund helps Athens family with rent

An Athens family suffering multiple illnesses and unable to work has gotten behind on the rent.

 

The Clarke County School District sent a request to the Athens Banner-Herald for assistance and the Empty Stocking Fund responded with an endowment of $200 to help the family pay rent.

The Empty Stocking Fund is an annual holiday fundraising campaign. Its mission is rooted in relieving the plight of poverty-stricken Athens residents who have been turned down or have been unable to secure adequate financial aid through other organizations. Unlike some holiday fundraisers, proceeds are not used to buy toys or other holiday gifts. Funds raised through the Empty Stocking campaign are used to help families at risk of eviction pay rent and take care of many other necessary expenses, including medical, power and water bills.

All recipients helped through the Empty Stocking Fund are referred to the charity by an areaagency.

All checks mailed out through the Empty Stocking Fund are written directly to vendors, not individuals.

To donate, make checks payable to the Athens Banner-Herald Empty Stocking Fund and mail to Athens Banner-Herald, P.O. Box 912, Athens, GA 30603.

For more information, call (706) 559-7135. To donate online, visit onlineathens.com/emptystocking.

All referrals for assistance must be submitted by an area agency at emptystocking@onlineathens. com.

 

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