With a week to go before Christmas, the Empty Stocking Fund continues to close in on its fund-raising goal for 2013, while its volunteers are busy preparing to make the holiday season a little cheerier for Harford County's less fortunate children, families and senior citizens.
Employees of Harford County Public Library presented a donation of toys collected from customers and staff to The Empty Stocking Fund on Dec. 12. Eleven library locations were toy drop-off sites this year.
"We thank you so much for your support," Empty Stocking Fund volunteer Jane Brown said.
Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund totaled $61,450 as of Tuesday, which is still short of the fund's goal to raise $80,000.
The fund also is continuing to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys and new books.
Donations in the past week were received from Dr. Han Sohn and family, $2,000, and Saxon's Diamond Centers, $1,450.
Other donations include Derek and Jennifer Moses, $500; Jim and Julie Quimby, $500; Hasslinger Veterans Organization Inc., $100; John and Judy Matricciani, $100; Bill and Kay Marshall, $200; Dotty and Bill Sewell, $100; Georgia Snodgrass, $100; Robert and Rose Coomes, $100 ; The Hair Network, $100; quarter auction fund-raiser, $200; and several anonymous donations.
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Many businesses and organizations around the county have also collected new toys for this year fund drive.