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Call center employees donate 10,000 pounds of food

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Employees at a Valdosta call center donated thousands of pounds of goods to the food bank Wednesday.

What makes the donation even more special is the fact that some of the Fresh Beginnings employees could use the food themselves but instead they wanted to help others out.

When Johnique Grate isn't working at the busy Fresh Beginnings Call Center, the single mother is at home with her two children or at school to become a nurse. She said it was in her heart to donate food and she brought in 176 pounds of it.

"You get your blessings when you bless others, so mine are coming," said Grate.

The call center had a goal of 7,500 pounds for the drive and far exceeded it.

Two hundred seventy five employees here at the call center brought in 10,000 pounds of food.

"Everybody has rough spots in life and it's nice to help," said employee Max Hardy.

She brought in 40 pounds and she says many others there were bringing in the goods by the truck loads over the last three weeks.

"The special thing is I know what they make and I know the problems they face everyday and for them to come together and give their money in these hard times is truly amazing," said the Fresh Beginnings Call Center Director Damon Sefa.

Second Harvest of South Georgia tells us this is the largest single food drive from a private donor in the last year.

"It's just amazing," said Tamela Myers with Second Harvest. "They did this last year and now it's just totally unbelievable."

Johnique and the many employees here hope it'll help those who are hungry have a brighter holiday season.

This is the second annual Fresh Beginnings Call Center food drive. Last year, they donated about 6,400 pounds of food.

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