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Empty Stocking Fund helps needy children

The local Empty Stocking Fund provides clothes, socks, shoes, coats etc. for needy children at Christmas. It is funded through donations and your donations are especially needed this year.

Fund coordinator Peggy Monroe says more than 40 children are on this year's recipient list, compared to about 20 last year. Children's names are provided by teachers from all four campuses, primary through high school.

Mrs. Monroe and her volunteers go shopping in Amarillo and hope to be able to go the first part of December, depending on donations. They separate items by size and wrap the items for the children's Christmas presents.

You can make donations at Friona Interbank or by contacting Peggy Monroe. Government employees at Cargill add to the program by providing toys that are included with the clothing items. Each child gets a toy. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Any amount will be appreciated.