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Rotary Club ready to help the needy

COVINGTON -- With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the Rotary Club of Covington is once again gearing up to help needy children in the Newton County community through its annual Empty Stocking Fund drive.

By raising funds through its Vidalia Onion sales in the spring and Sportsman Raffle sales in the fall, as well as a contribution from the United Way of Newton County, the Rotary Club is able to help nearly 1,000 children each year who might not otherwise receive Christmas gifts.

Applications for the Empty Stocking Fund will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 to 20 at the Salvation Army, located at 5193 Washington St. SW, Covington. Applications for children ages 13 and under will be accepted. Applicants must provide proof of residency in Newton County and a Social Security card for each child.

In addition to taking registration, the Rotary Club will collect unwrapped toys at collection boxes located throughout the community beginning after Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 770-483-7108, ext. 226.