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‘Tis the season to help the needy

Lamar County’s Empty Stocking Fund still needs money to purchase toys, but has so far approved helping 73 families with a total of 206 children. Glenn and Vicky Forsyth are again volunteering for the annual collection of toys and goods for needy families. They are also helping with the Toys for Tots collections sponsored by the Marine Corps League of Griffin, A.D. Smith Community Service and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. Glenn said the funds are low at this point, compared to previous years. The money is used to purchase needed items that might not have been donated, he said. The Chamber of Commerce afterhours event to benefit ESF is set for Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at United Bank. Donations may be made then, and those attending are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for local children helped by the program. Forsyth said that ESF has closed its application process, but Toys for Tots will take applications through Dec. 18 at the E.P. Roberts Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 to 11a.m., toys and goods will be distributed from the United Bank parking lot (farmer’s market location) to those families who applied and were approved. Rock Springs Church and First Methodist are among churches who have adopted several families, and Southern Rivers Energy and some bank employees also have adopted families to help. Money donations for ESF may be taken to United Bank, Glenn said. The goal is to raise $12,000 this year.

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