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Family needs help to provide for children at Christmas

By Jamie Rogers

Kimberly’s family is feeling the direct effect of a shattered economy and a slumping housing market.

Her husband, a carpenter by trade, hasn’t worked in months because no one is building houses.

“The company he worked for built just one house in six months,” she said. “That just shows you how bad it is.”

Kimberly said she’s never had to ask for help from the Salvation Army before. But when she asked for — and later received — help, it made her day, she said. The nonprofit already has found a family to provide gifts for her 16- and 17-year-old children. Now, she said, she’s praying for someone to sponsor her 2-year-old and 3-year-old daughters.

“We do good if we pay our light bill,” she said. “I just want Santa Claus to come for my babies. Just seeing them have Christmas makes my Christmas.”

The Empty Stocking Fund has been providing relief to needy people for 27 years. It is a joint effort between the Salvation Army and the Morning News to bring Christmas to impoverished and low-income families in six Pee Dee counties. The fund recently received a $10,000 donation from the Aiken Foundation, a philanthropic organization run by the Aiken family. The $10,000 donation is an annual gift given by the foundation.

    People who would like to help families struggling through the holidays can donate in several ways:

  • By calling the Salvation Army at (843) 662-4461.

  • By dropping off toys or monetary donations to the Salvation Army office building at 2210 Hoffmeyer Road in Florence.

  • By giving monetary donations at any Florence BB&T bank branch: 605 S. Irby St., 1831 W. Evans St., and 407 W. Second Loop Road. Checks should be made payable to the Empty Stocking Fund, c/o Salvation Army.

    Other ways to help the Salvation Army make Christmas brighter for those in need include:

  • Donating at a Salvation Army Christmas kettle.

  • Donating new, unwrapped toys for children through age 12, which will be distributed from the Salvation Army’s toy shop Tuesday. The Empty Stocking Fund not only accepts monetary and gift donations, but also food and clothing.

  • The Empty Stocking Fund form can be found on page 3C of Sunday's Morning News.

Donations to date:

Toni Hudson of Darlington, $10; Anonymous, $10; Eugen and Virginia Bach of Latta, $10; Paul and Jane Tuttle of Florence in honor of C.A. Robinson, $15; Louanna Bryant of Timmonsville, $15; Jackson Family Chiropractic of Hartsville, $25; Anonymous, $25; Elizabeth Long of Florence, $25; Anthony and Ann Marie Anderson of Florence, $25; Brenda Furr of Florence, $25; Thomas and Judy White of Florence, $25; James Milligan of Quinby, $50; Joseph Carney of Florence $50; Catherine Way of Florence, $100; Hud, Tracie and Emily Paschal of Florence $100; Donald and Frances Purvis of Florence, $100; Flo Lester and Jerry Vinson of Florence, $100; John Crouch Jr. of Florence, $100; J. Wesley Sparrow Jr. of Lake City, $200; Louis Hobson of Florence in memory of Sue Hobson; $200; Students of St. Anthony Catholic School of Florence, $214; Mr. and Mrs. Olin K. McDaniel Jr. of Florence, $300; S&W Mfg., A Smead Co., of Florence, $500; James Lingle Sr. of Florence, $500; Anonymous, $5,000; Robert McLaurin of Dillon, $10; Joseph and Sylvia Lloyd of Florence, $20; Steven Zlotnicki of Florence, $25; Linda Tarte of Florence, $25; Betty and Lonnie Foxworth of Marion, $25; ETA Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi of Florence $ 35; Rose Bratek of Florence, $25; Chiichint Lin of Florence, $50; BOZ of Darlington, $50; Anonymous, $100; Maceo Rowell of Turbeville, $100; Alan Floyd of Florence, $100; D.E. Stanton of Mytle Beach, $100; John and Audrey Gilbert of Florence in memory of Mrs. Inez Martin Hewlette $100; Norma Street of Florence, $5; Fred, Heidi, Gage and Breia of Florence, $25; Bobby and Kay Holland of Florence, $25; Linda Foutain of Lamar, $25; Mr. Richard Owens Jr. of Florence, $50; Bill and Barbara of Florence, $50; Bubba and Lynne Langston of Florence in honor of Annie Jane Langston, Dave and Claire Marchand and Ellen Rogers, $75; Robin Jones of Darlington, $100; New Horizons Sunday School Class of Central United Methodist Church of Effingham, $100; Jim Stewart of Florence, $100; Mayo High Key Club of Darlington, $125; Florence Bluewater Fishing Club, $250; BB&T donations from Daisy, Emery and Eddie Buckhouse, $212, 2008-2009 Leadership Florecce Class, $275, Dennis Brick Distributors, $500, Anonymous, $10, Santa’s Elves of Florence, $2,000, Robert Elliott, $100, Anonymous, $50, Anonymous, $200, 2008-2009 Class of Leadership Florence, $25, Bennie Anderson of Florence, $30, Employees of the 12th Circuit Office in Florence, $835, Anonymous, $50, BE Sansbury SS Class of Effingham Presbyterian Church, $100, and Ginger Sullivan of Florence in memory of Jack Sullivan, $150.

Total to date: $43,932

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