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Now that’s more like it.


A flood of donations on Tuesday almost doubled the total in The Empty Stocking Fund, pushing its amount to just short of $14,000.


The largest donation, for $2,000, simply came from A Friend, and there are several other notable gifts, including one for $1,000 from Smith Methodist Church, and several more in memory of John M. Rancke Sr.


There is now $13,708.60 in the fund, enough for Christmas for 274 children. All 23 gifts today will be matched with a $25 gift from an anonymous benefactor. So far, 69 of the 72 gifts have been for at least $25, meaning there is an additional $1,725 in the fund that has not been reported.


With donations of $500 or more, The Robesonian will publish a photograph if that is requested. Anyone wishing to have a photograph published should try to get that donation in quickly to give the best chance that the photograph will appear on Page 1A. Call Editor Donnie Douglas at 910-272-6104 if that is your plan.


Donations can be made in person at our office at 2175 N. Roberts Ave. or mailed to us at P.O. Box 1028, Lumberton, N.C., 28359. Just make the check payable to The Empty Stocking Fund. The deadline to donate is Dec. 19.


Each day The Robesonian will list the money donated and the contributors. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can do so by being listed as “A friend” or “Anonymous.”


Previous total……… $7,358.60


50. From a friend ……….$2,000


51. In memory of Pan Rancke and John M. Rancke, from Phyllis Ingram ……..$50


52. In memory of Gladys and Van Dwight Sampson. from Kimberly Sampson …….$100


53. Dr. John C. Lawrence ………$200.


54. “Blessings” from the Women of Presbyterian Church of Fairmont ………$300


55. In memory of Gilbert and Bert Stephenson, from Chris Stephenson ……….$100


56. In honor of my grandchildren, by Essie Jones ……….$200


57. In memory of John Rancke, from Marie Townsend ……….$50


58. “God Bless You” Bethesda United Methodist Church ………….$400


59. In memory of John McMillan Rancke from Gary, Elaine and Callie Davis ………$50


60. Martin Farley …………$50


61. Smith Methodist Church …………….$1,000


62. In memory of Mae Roberts and Leila Ford, from Thurmand and Mary Roberts …….$50


63. Precise Piping Inc. ………$500


64. In memory of Roland M. Collins Sr., from Isabella Collins ………$25


65. Local Sunbeam Bread Company ……….$175


66. In memory of Pam Rancke and John M. Rancke Sr., from Brian and Emily …….$100


67. In memory of Pam Rancke and John M. Rancke Sr., from Blake and Ariana ……..$100


68. In memory of Pam Rancke and John M. Rancke Sr, from Wayne and Nancy $100.00


69. In memory of Pam Rancke, from Preadmissions of Wake Med ……….$100


70. Lumberton Rotary Club ………..$500


71. In memory of Pam Rancke and John M. Rancke Sr., from Linda and Don Metzger ……..$100


72. East Lumberton Church of God Truth Seeker Class ……….$100


New total ……..$13,708.60


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