The Empty Stocking Fund is definitely ending on a high note.
There are 25 more donations to report today, including the largest gift yet, for $5,000, made in memory of the late Gary Powers, a former county commissioner, in honor of Pam Rancke, and also in memory of the children killed in Newton, Conn. The gift has been made anonymously.
Students at Carroll Middle School raised an impressive $1,455, ensuring Christmas for 30 of their peers, the Health Services Department with the public schools contributed $500 instead of exchanging gifts among themselves, and the Kiwanis of Pembroke chipped in with $320. As always we encourage you to take a look at all those who contributed.
The gifts push the fund’s total to $39,937, but that doesn’t include a $25 match for each of the 217 gifts that have been for at least $10. We need 22 more gifts today and on Friday to take full advantage of that match of up to $6,000.
A quick apology to Amy Smith Mercer, a sixth-grade reading teacher at Deep Branch Elementary School whose name we messed up yesterday. Her class raised $620 for the fund, doing so in memory of a classmate who recently died.
Friday at 2 p.m. is the last day to donate to the fund, so the mail is no longer an option. If you wish to contribute, please come by our office at 2175 Roberts Ave. to do so. Although we have checked about 800 children off Santa’s Christmas list, more than twice that many have been deemed eligible to receive help from the Department of Social Services, which administers the fund.
Previous total …..$30,602.69
194. PSRC Health Services Department …..$500.00
195. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Jane Hardin …….$100.00
196. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Jane and Grady Smith ……$50.00
197. For John and Pam Rancke, from Jeff Fleishman ……$50.00
198. Timothy Brown ……..$100.00
199. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Robert and Ann Grice …….$25.00
200. In memory of Elise Prevatte and Dorothy Walters, from the Price family ……$25.00
201. Ashpole Book Club of Fairmont …….$320.00
202. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Marcia Fleishman ……$25.00
203. Curt and Janice Locklear …….$100.00
204. Merry Christmas from Barclay, Erika and Bryson ……..$50.00
205. Anonymous ……..$50.00
206. Happy holidays from Bryan and Mirian Regan ………$10.00
207. In loving memory of David and Annie Mae McLean from David McLean Jr. ……. $50.00
208. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Laurie Wood ………$25.00
209. Kiwanis Club of Pembroke ……..$320.00
210. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Nick McKeithan ……$100.00
211. In memory of Andrew D. Cummings, Kaitlyn S. Cummings, Corvy and Gladys Cummings, Ishmal and Starlie Oxendine, Charles H. Oxendine, Annie Oxendine, Amy Hunt, Olivia Hunt, Leonard and Iula Chavis, C.G. Cummings Jr., Krystal Lowery and those lost in Newton, Conn., from Rachel Cummings ……$20.00
212. Carroll Middle School ……..$1,455.00
213. In honor of Dale G Dees, from the staff of Legal Aid of NC ……..$100.00
214. In memory of Gary Powers, in honor of Pam Rancke and in memory of Newton children, from anonymous …….$5,000.00
215. In honor of Pam Rancke, from Wayne and Nancy King …….$250.00
216. In memory of Harold Ray Strickland. from Earl and Peggy Strickland …….$50.00
217. In honor of Debbie Webb, from Bethesda United Methodist Church Sunday School Class …….$80.00
218. Given in the Glory of God in Jesus name …….$500.00
Running total ……$39,937.69