Michele Young, Jim Whipp, Marcus Johnson, Christine Rollins, Danielle Simpson, Mike MacPherson and Mike Dilworth of Freedom Federal Credit Union give the toys donated by patrons of the bank to the Empty Stocking Fund last Wednesday. (Nicole Munchel | Aegis Staff, Patuxent Homestead / November 21, 2012)

Several generous donations in the past week helped The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund move past the $30,000 mark in fundraising for this year's drive to help needy Harford County children and their families during the Christmas holidays.

As of Monday, the Empty Stocking Fund had raised $32,500, but is still well short of its $80,000 goal. This year, the Empty Stocking Fund, which also accepts new, unwrapped toys, expects to help 364 families with 831 children.

Among recent donations received are $1,126.58 from Freedom Federal Credit Union employees and customers; $1,200 from Randall and Gina Pace; and $2,500 from Dr. Han Sohn and family.

Donations also have been received from Dottie and Bill Sewell, $100; Greg and Amy White, $100; Greg and Anne Fox, $200; and Friends of Harford Inc., $200.


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Members of the all-volunteer committee that runs the Empty Stocking Fund thank each one for their support.

Anyone who would like to help brighten the holidays for 364 families with 831 children, may send a check, for any amount, to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, PO Box 189, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.

Coming events

The Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace's House 1 at 451 N. Juniata St. in Havre de Grace will host a toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund.

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will present The Duke Ellington arrangement of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bel Air High School auditorium. Patrons are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund.

For more information on "The Nutcracker" performance, visit http://www.ssorchestra.org.