After a disabled Athens woman got behind on rent as she was assisting her daughter with paying for the care of a sick child, the Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services sent the Athens Banner-Herald a request for assistance.
That’s when the Empty Stocking Fund sent her a $200 endowment to help cover what she needed for her rent, as reported in the Athens Banner-Herald.
An annual holiday fundraising campaign, the mission of the Empty Stocking Fund is helping poverty-stricken Athens residents who have been turned down or have been unsuccessful in securing sufficient financial aid through other organizations. Unlike some holiday fundraisers, proceeds are not used to buy toys or other holiday gifts. Instead, those funds are used to help families at risk of eviction pay their rent and take care of many other necessary expenses, including medical, light and water bills.
An area nonprofit agency refers recipients to the Empty Stocking Fund and the charity takes it from there.
To make a donation, make checks payable to Athens Area Community Foundation and send to P.O. Box 1543, Athens, GA 30603. Write Empty Stocking Fund in the memo line of the check.
Online donations can also be made by visiting athensareacf.org/giving/donate/. Write “Empty Stocking Fund” in the designation section.
For more information, contact Sarah McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 357-7148.
All referrals for assistance must be submitted by an area agency at email@example.com. Fund organizers had begun accepting referrals as of Dec. 1.
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