Empty Stocking Fund

The Charlotte Observer helps raise money for The Salvation Army to give gifts and necessities to those in need.

The Charlotte Observer has sponsored the Empty Stocking Fund since about 1920. Last year, readers contributed over $230,000 to buy needy children gifts for Christmas. All money contributed goes to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center, which buys toys, food, clothing and gift cards for families.

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Lots of smiles as families pick up wish list donations at the Salvation Army

The skies were gloomy outside, but inside the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center on North Tryon Street, Christmas felt like it was in full swing Tuesday as parents arrived to pick up holiday gifts for their children.

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For a mom and kids living in a hotel, donors provide a glimmer of joy at Christmas

Christmas is billed as a joyous season, but for struggling parents like Devonne Moise, it can be heartbreaking and anxiety-inducing.

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Retiring Salvation Army leaders celebrate final Christmas before leaving Charlotte

It was in a dining hall at the Salvation Army’s Atlanta training college more than 40 years ago that Larry and Debra Broome met, then forged career paths that would define their lives in ministry.

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Former Salvation Army volunteer adopted her nephews. Now she needs help at Christmas.

In years past, Joy Graham was one of the volunteers you’d see ringing the Salvation Army kettle bell outside of businesses and buying gifts for kids whose wish lists she plucked off of local “angel trees.”

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He’s only 2 and facing health problems far from home. Donors will help at Christmas.

Yobania and Jeffrey Nieto are more than 3,000 miles from home, and on a desperate mission they never anticipated would last this long, or be this hard: finding medical help for their 2-year-old son, Jesseht.

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Faced with grief and health challenges, a family is boosted by holiday donors

It’s been a hard few years for Tuwand Fluker-Grier and her family. She’s had to become an expert at doing what so many mothers do when there’s sadness at home: swallow her own pain to make life better for her kids.

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‘Just a blessing.’ Salvation Army donors help woman caring for her mom and great aunt

Gail Kelly has been taking care of people for nearly all of her life, working in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, raising a granddaughter and caring for her brother and husband during their battles with cancer. 

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