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Empty Stocking Fund money is running low; after hours benefit is tonight

Empty Stocking Fund volunteers Vicki and Glenn Forsyth are scrambling around to make sure no Lamar County kids go without something under the Christmas tree this year. Complicating things is a shortage of funds.

“We have 331 kids from 64 families who we will be assisting. We are getting calls daily and, so far, no one has been turned away,” Vicki said.

Rock Springs Church has adopted 125 of the needy children while First Methodist Church of Barnesville has adopted another 25.

Vicki, who has just recovered from her eighth bout with COVID, relied on Glenn to do much of the shopping at the Thanksgiving weekend sales. “Funds are running low after Black Friday,” she lamented.

Customers at Buggytown Auction have been generous in providing toys and will have another opportunity at this Saturday’s sale.

The annual After Hours event to benefit ESF at United Bank is set for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the main bank office downtown.

“That is our biggest fundraiser every year. We are looking forward to it and hope our supporters will turn out and be generous,” Vicki concluded.

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