Empty Stocking passes halfway mark in fundraising

Christmas is arriving early this year for The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund's many recipients and the charity has just reached the halfway mark toward its goal of raising $80,000 to help Harford County children and families in need this holiday season.

As of Wednesday, $40,990 has been received from generous residents, businesses and organizations, but more will be needed to cover expenses for family food needs and also children's clothing.

The Aegis Empty Stocking would like to thank each and everyone for the wonderful assortment of toys Santa's workshop received this past week. Among those collecting toys were Susquehanna Hose Company, House 1; Bank of America, Beards Hill, Aberdeen; Pat's Pizza, Edgewood, Aberdeen and Bel Air Restaurants; Long and Foster, Riverside; Dees Fluid Powers, Fashion Court, Joppa; Rapid Refilll, Bel Air; NVS Hair Salon Bel Air; PayDay Payroll Services, Bel Air; BB&T Bank's Harford County branches; Enotria Restaurant, Forest Hill and Anytime Fitness, Festival at Bel Air.

The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund also has received more generous donations, including Mary Judith Kennedy, $100; Jennie B. Fleckenstein, $100; Edward and Roberta Cockey, $100; Richard and Linda Goff $100; Mahla McGarrity, $100; Louis and Marion Storm, $300; Brian T. Reilly, $100; Howard K. McComas III, $100; McComas Funeral Home, PA, $100; Paul and Carol Penner, $100; Ltc (Ret) Marvin J. Kolch, $100; Barbara I. Kolch, $100; Michael and Linda Rutkowski, $250; Harford Bank, $250; Charles and Maureen Deluise, $100. Several anonymous donations also were received.

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

If you would like to help brighten the holidays for 364 families with 831 children who will be helped this year, please send a check for any amount, to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.

Coming events

Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with the production "Babes In Toyland," which will be held in the Chesapeake Theater. Performances will be Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Patrons are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy to each performance to benefit The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. For ticket information, call 443-412-2211.

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 Empty Stocking Fund. For more information visit http://www.ssorchestra.org.

The Harford Ballet Company will present "The Nutcracker" at Aberdeen High School at 251 Paradise Road in Aberdeen on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. and also at 6 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to this presentation.

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