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Be smart on how you donate

Source: Lowndes County Source: Lowndes County
Source: Lowndes County Source: Lowndes County

As we wait to find out what kind of damage Hurricane Irene will cause, many of you may already be thinking about donating to help.

That's admirable but you need to be smart about how you donate.

Officials in Lowndes County encourage you to wait until specific requests are made. If you send items that aren't needed, they could become a part of the problem, like these unsolicited items that were piled high in parking lots after hurricane Katrina hit.

"We know we have great citizens here who give from the heart as well as their wallets when things happen in other communities but we want to make sure everyone stays within that framework so that's organized and we maximize those resources," said Paige Dukes, the Lowndes Co. public information officer.

Organizations such as the Red Cross prefer that you donate money so they can put it to the best use.

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