There are just three new gifts to the Empty Stocking Fund to report today, but two of them were for at least $500, meaning they merited a photograph.
We only have room for one on page 1A, so we apologize to Leroy Rising, the city councilman for Precinct 1 in Lumberton, and his wife Betty, who have contributed $500 to honor their grandchildren Will and Britt. We trust the councilman will not mind.
There is also a $750 donation from the city of Lumberton. Pictured are several city employees making the gift to Jonathan Bym, a sports reporter for The Robesonian.
There is also a $100 donation from Dianne and Steven Davis.
All three gifts today are for at least $50, meaning they will each be matched with a $50 gift from an anonymous benefactor. So far there is an unreported $1,500 in match dollars that will be reported in the end.
The Fund is now at $7,600.
We now know how many children have qualified for help from the Fund and we know it will take a record-breaking effort to raise enough money to provide vouchers for presents for them all. We will reveal that number in Sunday’s The Robesonian.
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 ….. $6,250
28. In honor of our two grandsons, Will and Britt, City Councilman Leroy Rising and wife Betty …. $500
29. Dianne and Steven Davis ………….$100
30. City of Lumberton ………………………………..$750
New total…………. $7,600