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S. Georgians donate to needy children

April 19, 2003

Lee County- Miss Albany Kelly Bradshaw is making good on her promise to promote programs that support South Georgia's needy children. Today her April Showers event will help children who are victims of child abuse.

"I was talking to Beth Mckenzie who is the director at Open Arms and I was horrified at condition that some of the children are in when they come in to Open Arms. They are in need of so many things that all too often we take for granted," says Bradshaw.

Open Arms housed over 200 children throughout 2002, and representatives are so excited to see so many people willing to reach out.

"At times you feel like you're alone fighting child abuse and this makes you feel like the community's behind you, they are supporting you. It is just a wonderful feeling to know the community is here for us," adds Beth Mckenzie, Open Arms Executive Director.

Representatives from the Lee County Sheriff's department were also there to give away goodies to children, and also educate their parents on how to keep them safe.

"The home fingerprint kits are also a big asset for us. It takes the burden off of us and puts it on the parents to do the job they need to do," says Lt. Lyle Mathis.

Whether it was learning how to fingerprint their children or donating to Open Arms, South Georgians are showing that they care when it comes to keeping kids safe.

The Albany Women's Club along with the Albany Exchange Club helped sort donated items and sell raffle tickets.

Posted at 2:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com