An Athens woman on a fixed income needed help paying for the cost of a recent surgery and home nurse.
Action Inc. sent a request to the Athens Banner-Herald for assistance, and the Empty Stocking Fund responded with an endowment of $200 to help the woman.
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 area agency.
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/empty-stocking. All referrals for assistance must be submitted by an area agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.