We tip our hat to the generous people who contributed to the Fill the Stocking campaign run by the Times-Herald.
This year, donations came to $2,645 from across Coweta, including Newnan, Sharpsburg, Moreland and Palmetto. Some donors used the opportunity to memorialize loved ones who are gone or to honor children, parents or neighbors. A few simply wanted to give anonymously with no one special in mind.
The donations went to the Coweta Community Foundation which makes grants to local charities, keeping the money raised for use here in Coweta County. Traditionally it is divided equally, between Bridging the Gap, Toys for Tots and Salvation Army to use for operations and for the children during the holiday season. For many givers, using the money around town is important because there are so many needs here to be addressed.
The organization is equipped and experienced in weighing need and awarding funds to the most worthy of applicants.
The newspaper played a small role in raising these funds by providing publicity and running a coupon and reminder each day on this page. It was our pleasure to do so, and we’re delighted to see the contributions going to such benefit.
“We are so proud to partner with the Newnan Times-Herald on such a worthwhile cause as Fill the Stocking,” said Ginger Queener who chairs the foundation board.
In our news reporting, our staff often encounters people and issues deserving of charity. We highlight these stories after subjecting them to the critical analysis of objective journalism so that you can be assured that the needs we say exist are genuine and not the conjuring of some charleton.
The needs are indeed real, and these donations will make a dent in them. As Coweta County grows, so, too, do our needs. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that our charity grows as well.