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Hundreds lend helping hand

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  People all over the state are taking time to give a helping hand to organizations in need. It's hands on Georgia week, an initiative established by the Governor to encourage volunteerism. Today, hundreds of people in Albany did their part.

They say it's better to give than receive. "It's absolutely rewarding," said Michael Revell.  He is participating in the United Way's Day of Caring, which coincides with Hands on Georgia week.

He's volunteering at Is Kids, an interactive children's museum. Marie Sanders said, "It's a good feeling. It lets you know that it's about more than just us. It's about everyone in the community."

Revell was one of about 20 volunteers who helped build this castle to expand the imaginations of the kids who come to this non-profit.  He said, "It's going to help the children, but it also makes our community a better place to live. What we all want is a better Albany and a better community."

Sanders said, "It takes more than one person to change a life."

Across town, a crew from Mitchell EMC, was taking time from power lines, to use a few power tools. They cleaned up the yard at the Lord's Pantry in Albany.

"It makes me feel real good because I always want to give back to the community," said Vinsont Trueblood.

The Lord's Pantry has a steady group of volunteers who work inside, packing bags and sorting clothing for those less fortunate, but the outside work, sometimes gets left out. So leave it to Chase Porter. He loves being outdoors. He said, "It gives us a chance to get back out there and show people that we're more than just working on power lines, we're here to help."

Bill Nichols said, "We feel blessed."

And finding out that it really is better to give, "Feels good," said Porter. More than 350 people volunteered in different places this week in Albany.

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