A total of $1,350 has been submitted to the Christmas Happiness Fund to push the total to $1,900 as we begin our march to our goal of $13,000 to bring Christmas joy to approximately 300 Emporia-Greensville children that might not otherwise have a present to open on Christmas day.

The Christmas Happiness Fund was founded by former Independent-Messenger Editor Keith Mitchell and Greensville Emporia Social Services Director Judy English in 1976.

Mitchell and English were able to raise $3,344.93 with the help from businesses and citizens of the Emporia-Greensville community.

The drive has continued annually ever since with the community contributing nearly $380,000 to make sure all children in the Emporia-Greensville community will be able to open a present with sparkling eyes and feel the joy of the Christmas season.

Every single penny donated to the Christmas Happiness Fund goes toward Christmas presents for the Emporia-Greensville children in need. You can drop off a donation at the Independent-Messenger at 111 Baker St., or mail your donation to Christmas Happiness Fund in care of the Independent-Messenger, 111 Baker St. Emporia, VA, 23847.

Here are the most recent donations to the 2019 Christmas Happiness Fund;

$300 from anonymous;

$100 from John Prince, Jr. in honor of Jane and John Prince;

$100 from City Auto Supply of Emporia, Inc.

$200 from anonymous in memory of Nancy and Claude Scott;

$150 from anonymous in memory of Daisy Butler, Beulah Podstepny, Crawford Scott, and Lorena Scott;

$100 from Bob Morris and children in memory of Arline D. Morris;

$200 from Nancy Grove in honor of Kim and Steve Williams;

$100 from The Good Earth Peanut Company, LLC;

$100 from Susan and Charlie Grigg in memory of Joan Keintz;

New; $1,350

Total; $1,990

Goal; $13,000