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World Vision gets into the Christmas spirit with distribution campaign

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November 27, 2007

Albany--The holidays are about to get a little less stressful for families in need thanks to one non-profit Christian group.

This morning, World Vision in Albany will kick off its Christmas distribution campaign to help families and individuals who need a little extra help surviving the financial hardships that some time come with the holidays.

Boxes inside the World Vision warehouse are stacked high now, but they'll soon vanish starting later this morning.

"Right around the holidays, we're pretty busy," says Jim Ewings with World Vision. Ewings has been devoting much of his time organizing warehouse supplies for the organization's more than sixty partners--more than half of them belong to faith based groups.

"There's a lot of poverty in the area of the United States, and we work with that in Dougherty County," he says.

The organization's partners will be picking up primarily toys and clothing to distribute to families and individuals in need during the holidays.

"Our partners will be picking up for the next four days and three days into next week. And they receive our goods and they get ready for their distribution that they set up at the various organizations."

This is all made possible from World Vision's many corporate sponsors. Donations come into the organization about six times a year.

"We actually get full truck loads. We have partnerships with major donors within the United States: Mattel, Hasbro, the toys companies, Dress Barn, Russell Athletic," he says.

The donations range from clothing right down to school supplies.

"We get in lots of balls, basketballs, footballs. We get in personal hygeniene products, stuffed animals, dolls, we get in books. We love books and we love to promote literacy. We do get quite a few clothes," he says.

That will all go toward people in need in Dougherty County and surrounding areas during the next few weeks.  "With the distribution, we're reaching out to about 8,500 people within the community," he says.

And Ewing says that wouldn't be possible, without the help of his group's many local partners.  "There's a big heart in a lot of people," he says.

If you would like to help World Vision with their cause, you can call them at 439-7101.  Once you do that, they can put you in contact with one of their community outreach partners.

World Vision expects to get its next truck load of supplies some time in January.

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