Empty Stocking still needs more filling

In the final week before Christmas 2011, The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is closing in on its fundraising goal for this year.

Each Christmas season, the committee of volunteers of The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is overwhelmed by the generosity of Harford County residents, organizations, businesses, schools, Scout troops, churches, individuals and others who give thousands of dollars and thousands of new toys to help their Harford County neighbors in need of a helping hand during the holiday season.

Started in 1990, The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is supported totally by voluntary contributions. All labor is supplied by the volunteers.

As of Monday, $74,330 had been received toward this year's fundraising goal of $80,000.

The Empty Stocking Committee thanks the 1st Mariner Bank branches at 12-A Bel Air South Parkway in Bel Air, the Hickory branch at 1403 Connoting Road in Bel Air and the White Marsh branch at 101101 Philadelphia Road in White Marsh for a donation of $345.

Special thanks from The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund Committee also go out for recent donations received from De and Iris Kummel, $100; Virginia and James Stevenson, $100; William and Dorothy Sewell, $100; Harford Bank, $250; Randall and Ginza Pace $1,100; Allan and Brenda Weikert, $100; Anthony and Laura Pirrera, $200; Lynne E. Parry, $1,150; Eugene and Margaret Schmid, $100; Thunder Tabernacle, $250; Phyllis Bradley, $100; Georgia R. Snodgrass, $100; Findley Bus Service Inc. $300; Jay and Linda Walker, $100; Stefanie D. Stevenson, $100; Frederick and Joyce Anderson, $500; and Kathleen A. Anderson, $100. Several anonymous donations have also been received.

Anyone who would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family, may send a check, for any amount to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Md. 21014.

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