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Empty Stocking Fund gearing up for Christmas

The annual Empty Stocking Fund drive to provide Christmas gifts for kids who would otherwise do without kicks off in earnest this weekend with the third annual Toy Ride. Bikers can enter by bringing a toy.

The ride through the county will be escorted by law enforcement. It begins at 10 a.m. at the old Dollar General Parking lot behind Waffle House in Barnesville.

For more information, call Justin Wallace at 405.323.7561.

ESF volunteers will start taking applications for assistance on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Barnesville fire station. Additional registration dates are Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Nov. 1 also at the fire station.

This year’s monetary goal is $35,000. Rock Springs Church has committed to adopt 100 applicants. First United Methodist Church of Barnesville has agreed to adopt 25 applicants.

Donations of cash and toys may be dropped off at the fire station at any time.

For more information, call Vicki Forsyth at 770.584.6096.

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