ELIZABETHTOWN — Two gifts were received late in the week for the Bladen Journal’s annual Empty Stocking Fund. Those gifts, totaling $125, pushed the coffers to $1,815 thus far.
“We’re looking forward to a big push over the final 10 days,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager and editor of the newspaper. “We’ve got a long way to go.”
The Empty Stocking Fund is a community effort aimed at making Christmas a happier day for as many children of low-income families as possible.
Last year the effort brought in a total of $7,578 which, in the end, managed to benefit more than 150 local children for Christmas. This year’s effort has an unusual twist.
“Personally, I’m putting the number of $12,000 out there as the amount that will put me on the Bladen Journal roof for 24 hours,” Vincent added. “I’ve tried to entice the public to send me up there every year — perhaps this is the year they can do it.”
He said the 24-hour period would be from 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24.
Contributing so far to the Empty Stocking Fund have been:
— Kenneth & Gwen Thompson of Bladenboro, $25
— Andrew & Adrianne Petitt of Bladenboro, $100
— Adult Sunday School class at Beth Car Presbyterian Church in Tar Heel, $300
— Anonymous, $40
— In honor of Barbara L. McKoy, $200
— Anonymous, $500
— Phillip & Debi Warwick of Elizabethtown, $200
— Clarkton Lions Club, $50
— Classic Cruisers Car Club, $400
Vincent urged individuals, businesses, church groups, school groups and civic organizations to consider supporting the Empty Stocking Fund effort with a donation of any size. The collection is now underway and will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Donations can be made by sending a check to “Empty Stocking Fund” and mailed to P.O. Box 70, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337; or bringing a cash donation to the Bladen Journal office at 138 W. Broad St. in downtown Elizabethtown. With advance notice, a donation can also be picked up by calling 910-862-4163.
Those who donate $250 or more will have the opportunity to have a photo taken for publication in the Bladen Journal. All donations will be listed in the newspaper as they are received, and donations can be made anonymously or in memory of someone.