Valdosta Daily Times

December 16, 2012

Gifts for a child

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — At a time when most folks are reading the story of a young family turned away from an inn, a story in which a baby is born in a humble manger, many of us would like to think we would have given that family a safe place to stay, a comfortable place to rest, a crib for that small child.

Valdosta, after all, is a generous town. Lowndes County is a compassionate area. South Georgia is filled with the grace of the giving spirit.

Last year, the region donated nearly $30,000 to the annual Empty Stocking Fund, helping buy Christmas toys and presents for hundreds of Lowndes County children.

This year, at a week before Christmas, the Empty Stocking Fund is doing well but it could do better. Every little bit helps to brighten a child’s Christmas morning.

For generations, the Empty Stocking Fund has operated on the premise that no child should discover an empty stocking come Christmas morning.

Thanks to the work of the Salvation Army, Guardian Bank and The Times, the Empty Stocking Fund has ensured thousands of area children have toys for Christmas.

At this time of year, many wonder, would we  have given that young, biblical couple a place to stay? If they knocked, would we have opened our doors?

We may never know the answer to that specific question but by giving to the Empty Stocking Fund, you can do the work of the Wise Men, by bringing gifts to a child, and joy to the world.

To donate to the Empty Stocking Fund, send contributions to: Empty Stocking Fund, c/o Margie Blanton, Guardian Bank, P.O. Box 3340, Valdosta, Ga. 31604.