The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, organized in 1990, is celebrating 21 years of helping Harford County families and senior citizens over the Christmas holiday season.
This would not have been possible if it had not been for the businesses, community organizations, Girl and Boy Scout troops, schools and many other groups and individuals who have contributed toys, money, held toy drives and volunteered. The Empty Stocking Fund Committee volunteers say they wish to thank everyone who has had a part in this charity.
This year the Empty Stocking Fund has again set a fundraising goal of $80,000 and will also gratefully accept donations of new, unwrapped toys. The Empty Stocking Fund so far this year has received $ 31,149 in donations.
No contribution is too small, according to the committee. When added together, every donation helps provide a holiday for those who might otherwise go without.
If you would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family or person, you may send a check to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, MD 21014.
Recent donations were received from Freedom Federal Credit Union, $1,000; William and Joan Dorn, $100; Carl and Helen Schlaich, $100 and William and Linda Reulling, $100. Several anonymous donations have also been received.
Special upcoming events
Come out and support the Jewelry Extravaganza and Holiday Gift Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St. in Bel Air.
The Empty Stocking Fund's annual toy drive with a visit from Santa, will also be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., also at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St.
Barnes and Noble's Charity for November is The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. Stop by the fund's display at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 620 Marketplace Drive in Bel Air, help the Empty Stocking Fund reach its goal by buying a book for a child.
Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge, as she sings enchanting holiday arrangements. The concert will be held in the Amoss Center 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, please call 443-412-2211.
Toy drop-off sites
New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the following sites: The Arena Club, 2304 Churchville Road; all branches of Freedom Federal Credit Union; all branches of BB&T Banks; 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 St., in Bel Air; Elite Spine and Wellness Center, 2107 Laurel Bush Road, Emmorton Professional Building, in Bel Air; Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa, 111 Fulford Ave. in Bel Air; Rapid Refill, 15 Churchville Road in Bel Air; and Enotria Restaurant and Grill, Newport Drive in Forest Hill.
Other toy drop-off sites are: Dollar General, 1606 Dooley Road in Whiteford; M & T Bank, Delta Branch, 6960 Delta Road in Delta, Pa.; NBRS Bank, 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 Center, 620 Boulton St. in Bel Air; Parris Castoro, 437 Girard St. in Havre de Grace; Long & Foster, Riverside Branch, 101 Bata Boulevard, in Belcamp; Pat's Pizzeria, 1969 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood; Pat's Pizzeria, 804 Conowingo Road in Bel Air; Pat's Pizzeria, 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 S. Parkway, Suite 1401 in the Festival of Bel Air; PayDay Payroll Service, 728 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air; and Optimal Spine Center, 998 Hospitality Way, Suite 202, in Aberdeen.