Covington Empty Stocking applications start Monday

COVINGTON -- The Rotary Club of Covington will begin taking applications Monday, Nov. 14, from local residents for assistance through the club's Empty Stocking Fund program.

By raising funds through its Vidalia onion sales in the spring and Sportsman Gun 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 Newton County children each year who might not otherwise receive Christmas gifts.

Applications for the Empty Stocking program will be accepted Nov. 14 through 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army located at 5193 Washington St. S.W., 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.