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Albany church gets big donation from county coroner

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler (right) donating a $1000 check to Bishop Victor Powell (left) for the Rhema Word Cathedral Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 16th Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler (right) donating a $1000 check to Bishop Victor Powell (left) for the Rhema Word Cathedral Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 16th
Michael Fowler, Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler, Dougherty County Coroner
Bishop Victor Powell, Rhema Word Cathedral Bishop Victor Powell, Rhema Word Cathedral
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany church got a little boost to help feed those in need this Holiday season.

Monday, the Dougherty County Coroner donated one-thousand-dollars to the Rhema Word Cathedral for their annual Thanksgiving food giveaway.

A WALB story on a church hoping to feed Thanksgiving meals to those in need set generosity in motion. 

"I saw it on TV. And I said, 'Man, somebody needs to be there to help them.  Someone should step up to the plate.'  So that's what I wanted to do is step up to the plate and help," said Michael Fowler, Dougherty County Coroner. 

Fowler and his wife often helped the less fortunate.  But this season's different after she suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage. 

"She'd probably be in tears because she said this is what I love doing," said Fowler. 

The check was made out by his late wife's charity, the Love and Mercy Outreach Program.

"She had been doing this for the last 12 years in Americus and Butler and different counties.  So I decided since she's gone on, she's not here to make the dressing this year, so we'll partner with someone else that will be helping to feed the hungry this year," Fowler said. 

It's now part a handful of organizations collaborating on the Thanksgiving feast Rhema Word Cathedral is planning on November 16th. 

"We're much more effective when we come together to help feed more people, clothe more people.  Show people we love them.  When we work together it sends the city a strong message that we're unified and we're not divided," said Bishop Victor Powell, Rhema Word Cathedral. 

Bishop Powell said the need for help is growing after many workers are now unemployed following the economic downturn and are forced to live on the streets.

"Five years ago, a thousand dollars was $500.  Now a thousand dollars is $1,500...it's $2,000.  It's just that tough, when you think in terms of the economy.  So a thousand dollars will feed a hundred extra families," said Powell. 

And more empty bellies with nowhere to turn will fill these empty seats once the holiday season rolls around.  

The church is partnering with the American Cancer Society, Ameri Corps and the Albany Housing Authority.  They've raised about half the money they need.  For more information on how you can make a donation to Rhema Word Cathedral, call: (229)435-1471.

The Love and Mercy Outreach Program can be reached at (229)435-7863 for donations or more information on their programs.  

 

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