Kiddie Academy

Adults and students from the Kiddie Academy in Forest Hill offer the boxes of toys collected for so far for the Empty Stocking Fund at the school Thursday morning. Donations of new unwrapped toys will continue to be collected at the school and at various other collection sites around the county through the upcoming holiday season. (MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / November 8, 2012)

Once again in 2012, The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is continuing its charitable activities to make the Christmas Holiday Season happier for Harford County residents in need.

The Empty Stocking Fund accepts donations of money, new unwrapped toys and unused books.

This year's Empty Stocking Fund fund-raising goal is $80,000. As of the beginning of this week, the fund has received $20,400 in monetary donations.

All funds raised will be used for Harford County families, those who have been affected by layoffs and unemployment, others whose hours have been cut or those who are disabled and cannot work. These are the families who need help with food and gifts for the children. The fund also helps senior citizens with food.


Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Bel Air Today

Each Christmas season many Harford County residents are helped by the fund and the kindness and generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals who support the fund, operated by a committee of volunteers, many of whom are retired or former employees of The Aegis.

The committee said it would like to thank Klein's ShopRite Stores for including the Empty Stocking Fund in its fund-raiser, Partners In Caring Day, held Sept. 19, during which a percentage of store sales were donated to The Empty Stocking Fund. Thanks also to the elected officials and other celebrities who helped "bag for hunger," during the event. The Empty Stocking Fund netted $8,074.20.

The committee would also like to thank Sheri Keck of Forest Hill for her donation of many boxes of toys; Kiddie Academy of Forest Hill for its special toy donations and Wendy's of Hickory for having a fund-raiser evening to support the fund that raised $130.37.

Special thanks also for contributions from APGFCU's Community Involvement Committee, which gave $200.

Contributions were also received from Robert Dale Slocum, $100; Betty and Ed Miller, $200; Dan and Mary Ellen O'Neill, $100; John and Kathy Young, $100; Dr. C.J. Klett, $300; Bruce and Retta Absher, $100; Patricia A. Lijewski, $200; Harford County Electrical Contractors Assn., Inc, $1,000; Corbin Fuel Company, $500; Ruth Foard, $200; Patricia S. Gilligan, $200; Jay and Sharon Robinson, $100; the late Esther Dombrowski, $225; Lions Club of Bel Air, Inc. $300; Louanne M. Ehlers, $200; Jarrettsville U.M. Church Women, $100; Scarborough and Associates, $100; Leland and Diana Knight, $200; Bill and Eva Kowalesky, $100; Doug Novin, $500; Sherry L. Miller, $300; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kertis, $100; Carl and Susan Clayton, $100; Charles F. Ramsay, Jr., $100; Vera and Irving Pratt, $250; Joan Houseman, $100; Hasslinger Veterans Organization, Inc, $100; Joanne Bowman, $200; Bill and Linda Reuling, $100; Mullen, Andersen and Associates, $300; and Dorothy B. Higinbothom, $100.

Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with a production of "Babes In Toyland," which will be held in the Chesapeake Theater. Four performances will be held, one on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., two on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Patrons are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy at each performance to benefit The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund.

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