Whitesburg KY

Volunteers fill empty stockings

Volunteers with the Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund gathered in the old Cumberland Elementary School gymnasium before Christmas to fill 600 boxes with food items for local families in need. The event was coordinated by chairman Jim “Muggins” Bennett and wife Naomi in memory of the late Tony Turner, a former newscaster with WYMT-TV.

With the struggling economy, local charities are finding it difficult to raise funds, however the Empty Stocking Fund received an outpouring of donations from area businesses and church groups. On December 19, in addition to 29 tons of food, 3,000 Christmas gifts were given to families in Harlan and Letcher counties.

Youth members from Sand Hill Baptist Church in Cumberland were among the volunteers, and donated 1,200 cans of soup and 1,200 packs of Ramen noodles. Led by Rick Raleigh, the youth members helped prepare and deliver many of the food boxes.

For more information about the Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund, contact Jim “Muggins” Bennett, (606) 589-5310, or write to Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 534, Cumberland, Ky. 40823.

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