Debutantes among those helping to fill the “Empty Stocking”

December 23, 2013 by  

Donations continue to flow in for The Gazette Empty Stocking Fund, both from individuals and organizations, with the Gastonia Debutant Club among the recent donors.

A debutant ball has been held each year since 1957 and the club has a long history of contributing to civic and cultural causes. On December 4, it made a generous donation to the fund while in the middle of preparations for its signature event, the annual Debutante Club Ball. The ball takes place at the Gaston Country Club on Dec. 28.

The Gazette Empty Stocking Fund is an annual campaign to raise money for the Salvation Army’s fund to provide Christmas assistance. The goal this year is $100,000. Money raised will be used by the Salvation Army to buy warm clothes and Christmas toys for children, food for families, and gifts for senior citizens. In total the Salvation Army anticipates helping 486 families with a total of 1,151 children as well as about 40 people with its Silver Bells programs for seniors. Moreover, assisted living centers and nursing home residents, approximately 1,800, will receive gifts.

The success of these fundraisers rests on getting the word out to the public, which is dependent on the ordering of a flyer printing order. Contributing to the Empty Stocking Fund is easily accomplished; donations can be either mailed or delivered in person to the Gazette between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.