The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund continues its activities to make the holiday season happier for Harford County residents in need, and as of Monday, the fund had taken in $34,164 on the way to its 2011 goal of $80,000.

The Empty Stocking Fund, which annually helps more than 350 local families, also welcomes the donation of new, unwrapped toys.

Special thanks for recent donations received from Dr. Han Sohn and Family, $2,500; Steven Strawbridge Sr. and Susan Strawbridge, $100; Janet and Timothy Hanratty, $100; Bert and Carol Shek, $100; Ryan Pierson Jr. and Elsie Cerutti, $100; and Marion and Sarah Parker, $100.

If you would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family, please send a check to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Md 21014.


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Upcoming events

The Harford Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" will be presented Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road in Bel Air, and the Empty Stocking Fund will benefit from your attendance.

Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance which will be donated to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. For ticket information, call 410- 877-0777 or visit http://www.harfordballetcompany.org.

Come out and support the Jewelry Extravaganza and Holiday Gift Show also on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 North Main Street in Bel Air. The Empty Stocking Fund's annual toy drive with a visit from Santa, will also be held Dec. 3 from 2–4 p.m. at the Bel Air Reckord Armory.

Barnes and Noble's Charity for the Month of November is the Empty Stocking Fund. Stop by the fund's display at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 620 Marketplace Drive in Bel Air and help the fund to reach its goal by buying a book for a child.

Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with a concert by two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge in the Amoss Center Saturday, 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. For more information, call 443-412-2211.

Toy drop off sites

Toys may be dropped off at the following sites: The Arena Club, 2304 Churchville Road; all branches of Freedom Federal Credit Union; all Harford branches of BB&T Bank; Kelly's Hair Design, 604 Moores Mill Road in Bel Air; Bank of America, Beards Hill Shopping Plaza, 983 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen; PNC Bank, 140 N. Main Street in Bel Air; Elite Spine and Wellness Center, 2107 Laurel Bush Road in the Emmorton Professional Building; Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa, 111 Fulford Avenue in Bel Air; Rapid Refill, 15 Churchville Road in Bel Air; Enotria Restaurant and Grill, Newport Drive in Forest Hill; Dollar General, 1606 Dooley Road in Whiteford; and M & T Bank, Delta Branch, 6960 Delta Road in Delta, Pa.

Other drop off sites include NBRS, National Bank of Rising Sun, 3535 Conowingo Road in Street; Family Generation Hair Salon, 1301 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air; NVS Hair Salon, 312 N. Main St. in Bel Air; Susquehanna Bank, 1525 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill; Parris Castoro Eye Centers, 620 Boulton St. in Bel Air and 437 Girard St., in Havre de Grace; Long & Foster Realtors, Riverside Branch, 101 Bata Blvd.; Pat's Pizzerias, 1969 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood, 804 Conowingo Road in Bel Air and 1201 Revolution St. in Havre de Grace; FCCAU, 1221-C Brass Mill Road in Belcamp; Lombardo's Market, Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville; Anytime Fitness Center, 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 1401, Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center; PayDay Payroll Service, 728 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air and Optimal Spine Center, 998 Hospitality Way, Suite 202, in Aberdeen.