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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross received a major donation to help it continue to offer assistance to those in need.

Walmart presented the chapter, which serves 11-counties, with a grant of more than $22,000. The money will be used to buy supplies for shelter trailers which contain cots, blankets, and kits for people displaced during floods and other disasters.

Director Mari Wright said, "We don't have enough volunteers. We needed this money to recruit and train them in all our counties and we needed the supplies to put on the shelter trailers so this is just phenomenal."

Walmart Store Manager Dexter Long said, "Walmart has done a lot to help out in this local community right here and I've been personally involved in it and it feels real good actually."

The money is part of $6 Million Walmart is donating to 128 chapters of the Red Cross throughout the country to help build up supplies for disaster relief.

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