Time running out to help fill the Empty Stocking
The 24th year of the Empty Stocking Fund is ending and we have not quite met our $100,000 to help needy Odessans. Food baskets and toys were distributed Tuesday but there is still time to donate.
An anonymous Odessan is challenging the community to raise another $30,000 to add to the current balance of $63,374. We are just about $6,600 short of the $100,000 goal with the matching $30,000 challenge.
The Odessan will match that $30,000. The annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army goes for a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree for children and senior citizens. Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., 79761. Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738.
The Empty Stocking Fund was created by the Odessa American in 1995 and has raised more than $1.8 million.