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Empty Stocking Fund drive continues
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Donations to date
Effingham Dental Associates    $250
Hey Beautiful Hair Salon    $50
B&S Feed and Farm Supply    $100
Friends of Jon Burns    $100
Sheila’s Cakes and More    $20
Anonymous    $100
Bashlor’s Automotive Service    $100
Vickery Bros. Floor Covering    $100
Kim and Mickey Kicklighter    $250
Springfield UMC Men’s Club    $500
Ever After    $50
Hall and Kirkland, P.C.    $100
Wiley’s    $50
Fuller Chevrolet    $100
Thomas Strickland Funeral Home    $250
Moreland Altobelli Associates    $1,000
Henry and Myra Lewis    $25
Exley Lumber Co.    $100
Anonymous    $100
Nannette Helmy    $5
Laura and Eric Gotwalt    $100
Michael B. Eddy    $500
Harry and Phyllis Shearouse    $100
Zettler Custom Homes    $50
International Mortgage Co.    $50
Marla’s Enterprises, Inc.    $75
New Life Flowers and Gifts    $75
Harold’s Body Shop    $100
Danny E. Anderson    $100
Judy R. Quinney    $100
Law Office of Dennis G. Dozier    $100
Burns and Neidlinger, Inc.    $25
B&M Pools    $25


The Exchange Club of Effingham County’s annual Empty Stocking fund drive for families in Effingham County is now under way.

This effort by the Exchange Club, co-sponsored by The Herald, provides funds for families to help in their hour of need at Christmas time. Last year the effort distributed over $20,000 to needy families in Effingham County.

Funds are distributed through letters of credit to local businesses. These letters can be redeemed, by agreement with the business, for food, clothing, toys and prescription medicines. The letters specifically restrict use for the purchase of tobacco or alcohol products.

If there are businesses wishing to become part of the program by redeeming the letters of credit, call drive chairman Reggie Loper at 754-6286.

Members of the Exchange Club are calling on citizens, civic groups and businesses to provide the funds. These funds are made available to the Department of Family and Children Services, who issues the letters of credit. Families needing help from the program should make applications to DFCS (754-6471).

Members of the Exchange Club are not involved in the application process.

“We know that times are hard, we also know that Effingham has a generous heart and has always come through for the Empty Stocking Fund,” Loper said.

Donations can be accepted at any Citizens Bank branch, BB&T branches and at the Effingham Herald.