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June 25, 2007

Albany --  More people are giving from the heart than ever before. 
 A report by the Giving USA Foundation shows that Americans gave $300 billion to charitable causes last year.

That amount beats the previous record in 2005 when many Americans emptied their wallets to help the victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, as well as the Asian tsunami.

The biggest chunk of donations went to religious organizations and education.

Many non-profit groups in south Georgia rely heavily on donations. The Boys and Girls Club in Albany gets about $100,000 a year in donations.

Organizers are grateful for every cent. "It's almost like some have fallen from heaven when a person can come in and say I'm going to sponsor ten or twelve kids in the summer program. I want to sponsor 'x' number of kids in your year round program," said Bob Hutchinson, Director of Operations. 

 The study also found that 65% of households with incomes less than $100,000 give to charity.

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