Empty Stocking begins today

November 22, 2018

The 24th year of the Empty Stocking Fund begins today. The goal is $100,000 and won’t be met without your help. Funds stay in Ector County and go to help needy families like that of Susan, not her real name.

She is an elderly grandmother of 81 raising three small children. She is ill and has no support raising the children.

This family can be helped through the Empty Stocking Fund, an annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army.

Empty Stocking Funds go for a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree.

Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., or the Odessa American, 222 E. Fourth St.

ZIP codes for both are 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. New this year is a button to donate online at tinyurl.com/ybgnwnzw

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