ELIZABETHTOWN —Although the deadline came and went on Wednesday, contributions to the Bladen Journal’s annual Empty Stocking Fund continued to pour in.
A total of five additional gifts totaling $450 were delivered on Thursday and Friday, pushing the overall Fund to $10,095.
“It’s awesome seeing gifts continue to come in,” Vincent said. “Most of what came in after the deadline will still be used for this year’s efforts, but some will be left over and go toward next year’s collections.”
The five most recent gifts were:
— An anonymous donation of $100.
— A $100 check from Charles and Catherine DeVane of Elizabethtown.
— An anonymous contribution of $50.
— A donation from the Beth Car Presbyterian Church’s Women of the Church for $150.
— A check for $50 from Carvers Creek United Methodist Women in Council.
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.
This year, gift cards to Walmart and/or Leinwand’s will be handed out on Friday, Dec. 18, starting at 9 a.m. All of the recipients will be called earlier in the week.
More than 175 children will be assisted this year.
To contribute to the 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.