Empty Stocking Fund kickoff held this weekend

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(From left) Channel 2 Public Affairs Director Jocelyn Dorsey pictured with anchors Erin Coleman and Fred Blankenship at Saturday's Empty Stocking Fund kickoff.

ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News anchors Fred Blankenship and Erin Coleman teamed up Saturday afternoon to kick off the Empty Stocking Fund, an annual initiative that provides gifts to more than 55,000 metro-area children living in poverty.

Blankenship and Coleman rounded up support for the 85-year tradition at the Kroger store on Piedmont and Peachtree roads in Buckhead. Cadets from 30 local high school JROTC programs were found raising awareness and collecting contributions at Kroger and American Signature Furniture stores.

In 2011, approximately 2,500 cadets representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines raised more than $97,000 for the organization, enough to provide gift packages for 5,000 children.

Click here for information on how to donate to the Empty Stocking Fund.


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