Valdosta Daily Times

October 7, 2013

Salvation Army registers kids for Christmas gift fund

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but it is.

The Salvation Army is registering area youngsters for the annual Empty Stocking Fund.

For decades and generations, The Valdosta Daily Times, the Salvation Army and now Guardian Bank have administered the Empty Stocking Fund, which works to ensure no Valdosta or Lowndes County child awakes without gifts on Christmas morning.

Salvation Army Capt. Monica Nickum likes to register the children early to ensure that each child gets what they want and to ensure that no family is receiving gifts from multiple organizations.

Nickum checks her lists and checks them twice with other Christmas-related charities to make certain the children helped by the Empty Stocking Fund truly need its services.

The Empty Stocking Fund has the capability to help 800 children this year.

The number is down because the Salvation Army had to leave its Five Points distribution site for a smaller space, Nickum says.

Parents and guardians must fill out some paperwork to register their child or children for the Empty Stocking Fund.

Empty Stocking Fund registration continues from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. today through Thursday, Oct. 7-10, Salvation Army, 212 N. Troup St. More information: Call 242-6440.