Ex-senator bumps Fund by $1,000

By: Staff report

There are just three new gifts to the Empty Stocking Fund to report today, but one is the largest we have received so far this year

Jane Smith, the former state senator for Robeson and Columbus counties, has contributed $1,000 to the Fund, enough to check 20 children off of Santa’s list.

There is also a $300 gift from Union Chapel Holiness Methodist Church.

The Fund has now reached $6,250, but all 27 gifts we have received so far will be matched by a $50 gift from an anonymous benefactor, adding an unreported $1,350.

Checks can be mailed to Empty Stocking Fund, 2175 Roberts Ave., Lumberton, N.C., 28358, or a donation can be delivered in person. As in the past, we will publish photographs with gifts of $500 or more when that request is made. To give yourself the best chance of that photograph appearing on page 1A, get your donation in early.

The vouchers can be redeemed at Roses, either the Lumberton store or the one in Fairmont. We will announce as soon as possible the number of children deemed eligible to receive vouchers.

Previous total ….. $4,850

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

26. Union Chapel Holiness Methodist Church …… $300

27. Former state Sen. Jane Smith ……….. $1,000

New total ……. $6,250

Staff report