VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Despite the tough economy, Valdosta's Empty Stocking Fund surpassed its donations goal. It's a good thing, because the need was much greater this year.
The fund, which purchases toys for children in need, is sponsored by Guardian's Bank. This year's grand total, so far, is more than $23,000. That's $2,500 more than last year's total.
Margie Blanton, who heads up the Empty Stocking Fund, says, "Last year, we had 569 children that qualified. This year we had 1,047 children that needed Christmas. So, we were able to do that, and it was through the generous contributions of people here in town."
All donations made to the Empty Stocking Fund stay in the community. Each toy is picked out personally by members of the Salvation Army. The team of shoppers is led by Captain Warren Jones and his wife.
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