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Calls increase to United Way's 211

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – With hard times hitting many families, calls for assistance have increased to one helpline.

The United Way of Southwest Georgia operates the 211 helpline. It's a referral service that helps people get assistance with things like food, rent and utilities.

This time last year the line received an average of 105 calls a month. This year that number is up to about 150.

"Right now around the holiday season we've had a few calls about people needing toys for their children and Christmas boxes and things like that but the the majority of our calls have been for utility purposes," said Brooke Willoughby with the United Way of Southwest Georgia.

They make referrals to agencies such as the Salvation Army and the Neighborhood Service Center. If you need help you can dial 211 from any phone or call 888-6126.

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