11/28/04 — Empty Stockiing Fund update

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Empty Stockiing Fund update

By Linda Luck
Published in News on November 28, 2004 2:03 AM

The Empty Stocking Fund is a Christmas tradition that began in Goldsboro in 1912.

Every year goal has been set and met.

This year's aim is to raise $33,000 by Saturday, Dec. 18. That is the day 610 excited children will gather at United Artist Theater for the annual E.S.F. party.

The toys will be high-tech and the latest movie will be showing on a huge screen, but the children will not be much different than those who attended the first party 92 years ago.

For a little while, they will forget poverty and other unpleasant things in life.

They will stare in skeptical wonder at Santa Claus.

Their hearts will beat a little faster when it is their turn to choose a shiny new toy.

They will smile shyly while reaching for the traditional stockings filled with goodies and the gift-wrapped boxes of new clothes.

The best gift will be the memory of a morning filled with the true spirit of Christmas, made possible by the gifts from a caring community.

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

Latest contributions:

Gran Alley Company Inc. 100.00

In memory of Jean & John Alley 25.00

In honor of Dr. Douglas Fullington by Mr. & Mrs. Sanford L. Korschun 300.00

In loving memory of Robert Russell by Juanita Russell 50.00

In loving memory of Nancy Grantham by Dorothy Keen 50.00

Total for today $550.00

Total to date $3,770.00