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By Jay Polk - bio | email

December 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's no doubt that you've heard that the country is in a recession. And South Georgia is not immune.

According to Stacy Odom-Driggers of the Flint River Habitat for Humanity: "poverty levels in Albany are amongst the highest in the nation."

More people are relying on charities such as Habitat for Humanity for help. You know all about Habitat, they're the people that build houses for those who are willing to put a little time into it if they can; sweat equity they call it. Unfortunately, Habitat has also been a victim of the down times.

"With things being as slow as they have been throughout the year, we're very excited about the end of the year and the contributions that we've received."

That's because on Friday, two big corporations showed big heart and wrote big checks to help Habitat. Bank of America donated $2500 and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart chipped in an additional $3000. Both say that the decision to give to local charities is made locally.

"We chose this organization because we're familiar with it...they're long standing, we know the impact they have on the community," said Cynthia Young of Bank of America.

"They also give back to the community as well. When you're talking about building homes for people, getting them off the street if that be the case," said Herbert Brown of Sam's Club and Wal-Mart.

The money that Habitat received today will help it fulfill the dreams of Southwest Georgians to own their own home.  And they plan to use the money that was donated very soon, doing what they do best.

"We've got three houses in progress right now and we'll be starting a new one in February," said Odom-Driggers.

And even if you're not a large corporation, and you're all thumbs when it comes to swinging a hammer, you can help out your favorite charity as well, by donating that old couch that's just sitting in the garage...you know the one.

"Anything just about that's in good condition, we take. And it's staying right here local," said Odom-Driggers.

So no matter what you do to help out this holiday season, you'll be giving yourself a great gift, knowing that you helped a worthy cause.

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