Empty Stocking 2012

Heather Hren represents the Pat's Pizza Bel Air location presenting the donation of toys collected at the store in the Del Plaza in Bel AIr for the Empty Stocking Fund. (PHOTO BY MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / December 3, 2012)

Christmas is arriving early this year for The Empty Stocking Fund's many recipients and the Fund's volunteers express their appreciation and thanks to each one who has had a part in supporting the Fund. The Charity has raised $49,100. But will need more to cover expenses for family food needs and also children's clothing. The Fund's goal was set at $80,000.

Anyone who can help brighten the holidays for some of the 364 families with 836 children the Fund hopes to assist, is asked to send a check, for any amount, to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. This has been a particularly difficult Christmas season for The Empty Stocking Fund, its volunteers continue to say. Some of the slowdown in donations can be attributed to other programs in the county also trying to help the needy, with those funds staying in Harford.

The continuing economic woes combined with the great need for donations to our neighbors to the north whose homes and communities were wiped out by Sandy is also taking its toll, volunteers have said.

The Empty Stocking Fund offers a special thank you to North Harford Middle School, Peer Helpers and also Youth Benefit Elementary School, second grade classes for many great toys donated.

The Empty Stocking also thanks each and everyone for the wonderful assortment of toys Santa's workshop received this past week. Among those toys were donations from M&T Bank, Delta Branch; Dollar General Store, Whiteford; NBRS Bank, Street; Family Generation Hair Care; Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry; Susquehanna Bank, Rock Spring Branch; The Arena Club, Churchville; Freedom Federal Credit Union; Elite Spine and Wellness; and Jordan Thomas Salon, Inc.

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra's performance of the "Nutcracker" was also a collection site for The Empty Stocking Fund. Fund volunteers also offer a thank you for your collection of toys.

Harford Community College's production of "Babes In Toyland," which was held in the Chesapeake Theater, was a collection point for many wonderful toys to help fill the children's toy bags this year.

The Committee Members would like to express appreciation and thanks to Freedom Federal Credit Union for $1,000; also Frederick and Joyce Anderson, $2,000 in memory of Edith Gullion, Steven (Craig) Anderson and Skip and Jackie Anderson.

The Fund thanks each one for the generous donations received during the past week: Harman's Farm Market, Tom and Paula Harmen, $250; William Watters United Methodist Women, $100; Liz Stevanus, $100; Frances Burkheimer, $400; Marvin Gonce, $100; Judy and Mike Oles, $125; Cheryl A Humphreys, $100; Millie M. Slayton, $100; BB&T Bank Managers, $100; Chemstretch, Inc. $500;Freedom Federal Credit Union Employees, $165.53; Melanie Patrinicola, $100; William and Kay Marshall, $100; Jordan Thomas Salon, Inc. $200.

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

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 6 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring anew unwrapped toy to this presentation.