11/25/04 — Empty Stocking Fund seeks $33,000

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Empty Stocking Fund seeks $33,000

By Linda Luck
Published in News on November 25, 2004 1:56 PM

The Empty Stocking Fund, Goldsboro's oldest charity, kicks off its 92nd year today.

It was organized in 1912 by members of Goldsboro Woman's Club who were afraid that some children in the community would not receive anything for Christmas.

The club's members expressed their concerns to Col. Joe Robinson, founder and editor of the Daily Argus. Together they made a commitment: The newspaper would raise the money and the Woman's Club would see to it that the "stockings" of needy children would be filled at Christmastime.

This year's goal is to raise $33,000 to fill 610 stockings.

Wayne County Public Schools will provide the names and sizes of children from families that need a helping hand this holiday season.

Members of the Woman's Club and the Continental Society will choose an outfit of clothes and a new toy for each child.

The gifts and the stockings filled with fruits, nuts and candy, will be given to the children at a party on Dec. 18 at United Artist Theatre.

Volunteers will handle the details for the party and donations from people in the community will pay for the gifts.

Some will make a contribution in honor of a parent, grandparent, friend or favorite teacher.

Others will give the money they would have spent on a deceased loved one's gift, making the donation in that person's memory.

And others, such as Heather Miller, will give because they want all children to share in the Christmas joy they knew as children.

Ms. Miller, district marketing assistant for Movie Gallery, organized a balloon pop which was held this past weekend at the Southeastern Plaza branch on N.C. 111.

After soliciting free-meal coupons, T-shirts, and other prizes from area merchants, Ms. Miller passed out flyers inviting people to stop by Movie Gallery on Saturday to pop a balloon for a $1.

She said over 200 people showed up and she was glad to have the assistance of her niece, Catie Miller, and help from Ada Taylor, branch manager, and Suzanne Harmon, district manager.

Ms. Miller said all of the prizes were given away and the grand prize -- a DVD and VCR player donated by Aarons -- was won by Bonnie Pelton.

The day was a lot of fun, Ms. Miller said, and it raised $510 for the Empty Stocking Fund.

"I remember how blessed my childhood was," Ms. Miller said, and she wants to do what she can to make it a happy time for all children.

Movie Gallery's generous donation, along with others, made it possible for the Empty Stocking Fund to begin this season with $3,245.00 -- a good beginning, but a long way from the goal.

Donations may be brought to the newspaper office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd., or mailed to P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, N.C., 27532.

The contribution list will be published daily, except Monday.

Donations received to date:

Jack & Ann Stephens 25.00
Eastern Wayne Extension & Community Assoc. 25.00
David & Denise Tayloe 100.00
In Memory of Tim Bartlett 200.00
Howard & Betty Bartlett West 20.00
In Loving Memory of J. D. Sasser 25.00
The Peanut Crew 100.00
Jerald Nipple and Family 50.00
In Memory of Rex Barfield 100.00
Remembering Janie & Faye 50.00
In Memory of C. Brantley Strickland, Charles B. & Mary E. Strickland, Van B. & Annabel G. Herring by Sallie Strickland 100.00
Ronald Edmark 50.00
Irvin Poole 30.00
Cmsgt (Ret) John & Mildred Hudson 25.00
In Memory of Ellsworth Sutton by Suttons Radio and TV Service 25.00
Malcolm Perry 100.00
Goldsboro Host Lions Club 300.00
In Memory of my parents Mr. & Mrs. H. M. Denning 5.00
Florence Glass & Laura Flick 10.00
Nancy, Ross, Ross III & David Wilson 100.00
Donald Hilliard 25.00
H. L. Best 25.00
Mabel Deans Mozingo 25.00
In Honor of our Grandkids: Ashley & Aaron Vick and Dakota, Amber & Justin Evans, from Papa and Nana 50.00
Lillian Beamon 25.00
In Loving Memory of Glenda Faye Davis 25.00
In Loving Memory of Elroy ( Buddy) Davis 50.00
Econo Lodge 50.00
E. Scott Edwards 35.00
Jerry & Kikuko Jones 25.00
Nancy Raburn 100.00
In Memory of Charlie Hill 50.00
Stony Creek Free Will Baptist Church Ambassador Sunday School Class 100.00
Louis T. Quinn 50.00
Given in Loving Memory of my husband, Arnold O. Jones by Lillie S. Jones 50.00
In Memory of Granny & Grandmama 50.00
In Memory of Pa by Robbie & Kayley 25.00
American Legion Wayne Post No. 11 100.00
Mattie & Stanley Ginn 5.00
In Memory of Sterling D. Wooten 100.00
Photography by Malcolm Shearin 50.00
Movie Gallery 111 South 510.00
Russell & Sara Keen 100.00
Good Samaritan S. S. Class 50.00
Dees, Smith, Powell, Jarrett, Dees & Jones 100.00
Gladys Bremer 10.00
Eugene Person 20.00
Total $3,245.00