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Empty Stocking Fund toy drop-off sites announced

11:59 AM EDT, November 4, 2011

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The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, organized in 1990, is celebrating 21 years of helping Harford County families and senior citizens over the Christmas holiday season.

The fund accepts both monetary donations and donations of new, unwrapped toys. All donations will be used to help local families and senior citizens.

Toy donation drop-off sites this year include, The Arena Club, 2304 Churchville Road; all branches of Freedom Federal Credit Unions; all branches of BB&T Banks; Kelly's Hair Design, 604 Moores Mill Road; Bank of America, Beards Hill Shopping Plaza, 983 Beards Hill Road; PNC Bank, 140 N. Main St., Bel Air; Elite Spine and Wellness Center, 2107 Laurel Bush Road, Emmorton Professional Building; Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa, 111 Fulford Ave, Bel Air; Rapid Refill, 15 Churchville Road, Bel Air; Enotria Restaurant and Grill, Newport Drive, Forest Hill; and Dollar General, 1606 Dooley Road, Whiteford.

Other drop-off sites include, M&T Bank, Delta branch, 6960 Delta Road; NBRS, National Bank of Rising Sun, 3535 Conowingo Road, Street; Family Generation Hair Salon, 1301 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air; NVS Hair Salon, 312 N. Main St., Bel Air; Susquehanna Bank, 1525 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill; Parris Castoro, 620 Boulton St., Bel Air and 437 Girard St., Havre de Grace; Long & Foster, Riverside branch, 101 Bata Blvd.; Pat's Pizzeria, 1969 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, 804 Conowingo Road, Bel Air and 1201 Revolution St., Havre de Grace; FCCAU, 1221-C Brass Mill Road, Belcamp; Lombardo's Market, Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville; Anytime Fitness Center, 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 1401, Festival; PayDay Payroll Service, 728 Rock Spring Road, Bel Air; and Optimal Spine Center, 998 Hospitality Way, Suite 202, Aberdeen.

So far this year, the Empty Stocking Fund has received $29,364.22 in donations. The fundraising goal this year is $80,000.

Recent donations were received from Shirl and Teresa Grable, $1,000; LAOH Harford County Division, $100 and Jay and Sharon Robinson, $100.

Anyone who would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family or person, please send a check, for any amount to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Md. 21014.

Upcoming events

Come out and support the Jewelry Extravaganza and Holiday Gift Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St. in Bel Air.

The Empty Stocking Fund's annual toy drive with a visit from Santa, will also be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bel Air Reckord Armory.

Barnes and Noble's charity for November will be The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. Stop by the fund's display at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 620 Marketplace Drive in Bel Air.

Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge as she sings enchanting holiday arrangements. The concert will be held in the Amoss Center on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. HCC is a contributor to the Empty Stocking Fund and invites all patrons to bring a donation of a new and unwrapped children's gift to this special holiday performance.