The Empty Stocking Fund is still short of its $15,000 goal which it hopes to get to help more than 78 families and 200-plus children have a merry Christmas. The money will go to provide toys for them.
“We’ve collected $12,300 in monies and toys,” said organizer Vicki Forsyth. “We need a little more to finish up the last minute families that have been referred to us that fell through the cracks.”
Rock Springs and First United Methodist churches have angel trees set up. DBs Pizzeria also has an angel tree set up or people can drop off a toy and see Debbie Adamson for a free beverage.
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Saturday, Dec. 13 will be the last sequential date of the 21st century: 12-13-14. The next numerical alignment won't be for another 89 years. There is no 13-14-15 and there won't be anything like it until 2101.
Wedding planners, casinos and numerologists are among those celebrating the special date.
The Hope Tree Ministry Foundation is reaching out to all the churches, local vendors and other prospective donors in Lamar and neighboring counties for donations for its annual Christmas event.
Thanksgiving dinner at Barnesville First Baptist Church fed several families but residents are helped with groceries at home too. A recent donation from Gordon State College is helping fill larders, but more food is needed.
The charity is seeking donations of dry, canned and boxed goods and perishable items. Food drives are being held at First Baptist and the Barnesville-Lamar County Library through Dec. 20. Hope Tree is also requesting donations of new and slightly used toys and clothing for children ages 3-10 for Christmas gifts. All donations may be dropped off at First Baptist Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be hand delivered or mailed to Rev. Fambro in care of First Baptist at 200 Zebulon St., Barnesville, 30204. Monetary donations are tax deductible and a statement will be provided upon receipt.
Households in need of aid for Christmas should contact Mrs. B.J. Fambro at 770-358-2792 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. so she will know how many children need help.