Empty Stocking Fund halfway to $80,000 goal

November 23, 2011

With Thanksgiving over and the holiday shopping season getting into full gear today (Friday), members of The Aegis Empty Stocking Committee are also stepping up their fund-raising efforts for the 2011 season.

The Empty Stocking Fund moved past the halfway mark on its fund-raising effort this week, as it continues to receive generous donations from readers, local businesses and organizations to help make the Christmas holiday season brighter and happier for Harford County residents in need.

The goal for this year is $80,000 and $41,555 had been received as of Wednesday, and the Empty Stocking Fund Committee wishes to thank all who have given.

The Empty Stocking Fund is in need of toys for both girls and boys, 8 to 13 years old.

Please help the fund help others. No contribution is too small. Anyone who would like to help brighten the holidays for a needy family, can send a check, for any amount to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 189, Bel Air, Md., 21014.

Special thanks for recent donations received from Pat Barranger Sweeney, $150; Catherine C. Riley, $100; Daniel F. Wusinich and May A. Kuroiwa, $100; Charles and Doris Van Kirk, $400; Greg and Amy White $100; Charles and Dorothy Goddard, $150; Mike and Linda Rutkowski, $250; and several anonymous donations.

Upcoming events

The Harford Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" will be presented Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road in Bel Air, and the Empty Stocking Fund will benefit from the performance.

Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. For ticket information, call 410- 877-0777 or visit http://www.harfordballetcompany.org.

Support the Jewelry Extravaganza and Holiday Gift Show, also on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St. in Bel Air. The Empty Stocking Fund's annual toy drive with a visit from Santa will also be held Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bel Air Reckord Armory.

Join Kelly's Hair Design, at 604 Moores Mill Road in Bel Air, on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to raise money for the Empty Stocking Fund. There will be door prizes and vendors, including PartyLite; Two Sisters Gourmet; Lullaby Kisses; Thirty-One Bags; Sun Frog Handmade Jewelry and Rendi. Do some holiday shopping. Gift certificates will also be available to purchase. Raffle tickets will also be on sale and 100 percent of proceeds will go to The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund.

Harford Community College will celebrate the holidays with a concert by two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge in the Amoss Center Saturday, Dec.10, at 7 p.m. HCC is a contributor to the Empty Stocking Fund and invites all patrons to bring a donation of a new and unwrapped children's gift to this special holiday performance. For more information, call 443-412-2211.

Toy drop-off sites

Toys may be dropped off at the following sites: The Arena Club, 2304 Churchville Road; all branches of Freedom Federal Credit Union; all Harford branches of BB&T Bank; Kelly's Hair Design, 604 Moores Mill Road in Bel Air; Bank of America, Beards Hill Shopping Plaza, 983 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen; PNC Bank, 140 N. Main St. in Bel Air; Elite Spine and Wellness Center, 2107 Laurel Bush Road in the Emmorton Professional Building; Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa, 111 Fulford Ave. in Bel Air; Rapid Refill, 15 Churchville Road in Bel Air; Enotria Restaurant and Grill, Newport Drive in Forest Hill; Dollar General, 1606 Dooley Road in Whiteford; and M&T Bank, Delta branch, 6960 Delta Road in Delta, Pa.

Other dropoff sites include NBRS, National Bank of Rising Sun, 3535 Conowingo Road in Street and the NBRS branch at the corner of Lee Street and Main Street in Bel Air; Family Generation Hair Salon, 1301 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air; NVS Hair Salon, 312 N. Main St. in Bel Air; Susquehanna Bank, 1525 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill; Parris Castoro Eye Centers, 620 Boulton St. in Bel Air and 437 Girard St., in Havre de Grace; Long & Foster Realtors, Riverside branch, 101 Bata Blvd.; Pat's Pizzerias, 1969 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood, 804 Conowingo Road in Bel Air and 1201 Revolution St. in Havre de Grace; FCCAU, 1221-C Brass Mill Road in Belcamp; Lombardo's Market, Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville; Anytime Fitness Center, 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 1401, Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center; PayDay Payroll Service, 728 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air; and Optimal Spine Center, 998 Hospitality Way, Suite 202, in Aberdeen.

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