The Empty Stocking Fund is still nearly $50,000 short of its goal of $80,000 to help the needy of Harford County this Christmas season.

As of Sunday, the fund had received $30,700.


Support of The Empty Stocking Fund helps make the dreams of underprivileged children come true. Anyone who would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family, can send a check to The Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Md. 21014. The needs have grown enormously over the years and the Empty Stocking Fund is supported totally by contributions.

The Empty Stocking Fund recently received donations from Shirl and Terri Grable, $1,000; Jay Edwards & Associates LLC, $500; M.A. Purdue, $300; Bert and Carol Shek, $100; Antonoplos Family, $200; Gary and Laurie Mafale, $150; Dorothy and Thomas G. Williams, $100; Bill Hoff, $100; and several anonymous donations.

The community can support the Empty Stocking Fund at one or more of a number of upcoming events.

The Susquehanna Hose Company's House 5 will host a toy drive to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The firehouse is at 1542 Chapel Road in Havre de Grace. New toys and sports equipment for all ages are needed to fill the empty stockings of Harford County children.

A quarter auction to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund is planned for Dec. 7 at Mt. Ararat Masonic Lodge on Gordon Street in Bel Air from 6 to 10 p.m.

Two holiday productions that benefit the Empty Stocking Fund have been scheduled.

Harford Dance Theatre will present "The Nutcracker" at the Amoss Center, with five performances: one on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m; two on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 and 4 p.m. and two on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Phoenix Festival Theater will present "Babes in Toyland" in the HCC Chesapeake Center, also with five performances: Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m.; two on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 and 8 p.m. and two on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Tickets for both are available at tickets.harford.eduhttp://tickets.harford.edu. Patrons are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy at each performance to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund.

Harford Ballet Company's annual performances of "The Nutcracker" will also benefit the Empty Stocking Fund, as they have for several years. The performances at Aberdeen High School, at 251 Paradise Road in Aberdeen, are Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance and place it under the Magic Christmas Tree. For ticket information please call 410-877-0777 or visit http://www.harfordballetcompany.com.

All 11 library branches also are drop-off sites for toys for the charity this year. Besides the administrative offices in Belcamp, the Abingdon, Bel Air, Fallston, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Jarrettsville, Joppa, Edgewood, Whiteford, Darlington and Norrisville branches will be drop-off sites.

Toy drop-off sites include: Agape Physical Therapy, 3938 Conowingo Road, Darlington; Anytime Fitness, 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Festival; The Arena Club, 2304 Churchville Road, Churchville; Bank of America, Beards Hill Shopping Plaza; BB&T Banks, all branches; Bank of America, APG Branch, 2332 Rock Island Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground; Cook Volkswagen LLC, 2110 Belair Road, Fallston; DEES Fluid Power, 1809 Fashion Court, Suite 110, Joppa; Dollar General, Delta Store; Elite Spine and Wellness, Emmorton Professional Building, 2107 Laurel Bush Road, Bel Air; Enotria Restaurant and Grill, 2 Newport Drive, Forest Hill; Family Generation Hair Care, 1301 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air; FCCAU, Brass Mill Road, Riverside Business Park, Belcamp; Freedom Federal Credit Unions, all branches; and Gold's Gym Bel Air, 802 Belair Road; Bel Air.

Other toy drop-off sites include: Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa, 16 B Bel Air South Parkway, Bel Air; Kelly's Hair Design, 601 Moores Mill Road, Bel Air; Kiddie Academy, 2003 Klein's Way, Forest Hill; Long and Foster Realtors, Route 40, Riverside; M&T Bank, 6960 Delta Road, Delta; NBRS Bank, 3535 Conowingo Road, Street; NVS Hair Salon, 312 N. Main St., Bel Air; Optimal Spine, 998 Hospitality Way, Suite 202, Aberdeen; PayDay Payroll Service, 728 Rock Spring Road, Bel Air; Pat's Pizzeria, 1961 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood; Pat's Pizzeria, 1201 Revolution St., Havre de Grace; Pat's Pizzeria, 804 Conowingo Road, Bel Air; Rapid Refill, 15 Churchville Road, Bel Air; Ripken Stadium, Long Road, Aberdeen; Subway, Slate Quarry Plaza, Whiteford; Subway, Forest Hill; Subway, Bond Street, Bel Air; and Susquehanna Bank, 1525 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill.