Gifts push coffers past $8,000

ELIZABETHTOWN —There are Santas in the Barn, Elves on the Shelf and soon, possibly, an editor on the roof.

With only a few days left until the deadline for contributions toward the Bladen Journal’s annual Empty Stocking Fund, the coffers are approaching the newspaper’s goal of $12,000 — and about $6,500 away from the total to send W. Curt Vincent, general manager/editor of the Bladen Journal, to the office’s roof for the Christmas weekend.

“We had five tremendous gifts brought to our office late in the week that pushed us over the $8,000 mark,” Vincent said. “I know there is more out there and look forward to adding it to the effort so we can help as many children as we can have a bright Christmas.

“And if it puts me on the roof for a couple days, I’ll be happy to do it,” he added.

The most recent gifts were:

— A $2,000 donation from the Trinity Methodist Men’s Club of Elizabethtown.

— An anonymous check for $100.

— A $100 contribution from the Bladen Amateur Radio Society.

— A donation of $25 from Laurie Smith in honor of Brenda Rhodie.

— A check for $100 from Richard E. Smith.

Those gifts brought the Empty Stocking Fund total this year to $8,495 thus far.

“We can’t thank those who have given so far,” Vincent said. “We’re looking forward to the day we call the recipients with the good news, as well as the day we can hand the gift cards out.”

The Bladen Journal partners with the Bladen County Department of Social Services and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce in an effort to collect money from throughout the community to assist children in having a bright Christmas. Gift cards to Walmart and/or Leinwand’s are handed out on a specific day prior to Christmas at the Bladen Journal office.

The Bladen Journal is hoping to assist more than 200 children this year.

Donations are being accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 9, though late contributions will still be accepted.

To contribute to this year’s Empty Stocking Fund, donations can be dropped off at the Bladen Journal office in downtown Elizabethtown or mailed to: Empty Stocking Fund, c/o Bladen Journal, P.O. Box 70, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337.
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