Valdosta Daily Times

January 13, 2013

Stocking Fund: Thank you, readers

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — As Christmas thank you notes still arrive in the mail, The Times wants to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for donating money, contributing toys through the Outback Riders Toy Ride, etc., to the 2012 Empty Stocking Fund campaign.

Thank you for making the recent Empty Stocking Fund campaign the most successful in its decades-long history.

For the first time ever, the fund reached then surpassed the $30,000 mark. In the face of tough economic times, your past generous support ensured that more than 1,200 Valdosta and Lowndes County children awoke to Christmas gifts this past season.

By donating more than $30,000 in 2012, the Empty Stocking should be able to help more children in Christmas 2013. The fund works a year ahead, raising money for the next Christmas season.

For generations, The Valdosta Daily Times readers and the Salvation Army have worked to ensure that no local child finds an empty stocking come Christmas morning. Guardian Bank handles the fund’s many donations.

This would not have been possible without the help of several people.

Margie Blanton, Guardian Bank’s human resource officer, handled the incoming donations daily for the past several weeks. She does an excellent job handling the funds and meeting many of the contributors.

Salvation Army Capts. Guy and Monica             Nickum work miracles each year. Monica Nickum handles everything from the registration of families to raising funds to purchasing the gifts to sorting them for each child’s wish list to distributing them with great care and efficiency. She is a marvel to watch and the Nickums have proven a blessing to our community.

And, again, it would not be possible without you, our generous readers. It is too easy to turn a blind eye, a deaf ear and a cold heart in this world, but you did not.

May your new year be as full of joy as the joy you have brought to so many young people throughout Valdosta and Lowndes County.