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'Giving Tuesday' aims to support charities after holiday weekend

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Lakisha Bryant Bruce with the United Way Lakisha Bryant Bruce with the United Way
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many charities are hoping you'll open up your wallet for them the way many did at stores over the weekend.

It's "Giving Tuesday," which is an opportunity for people across the country to give their time or donate to a non-profit organization.  The United Way of Southwest Georgia says this is a perfect time to support a group in your community that's doing good things.

"We had grey Thursday, we had Black Friday, we had Cyber Monday. Now we have giving Tuesday," said Lakisha Bryant Bruce with the United Way. "It's a great way to support non-profit organizations that are doing great things right here in Southwest Georgia. And when you give to the United Way of Southwest Georgia, you're giving to one organization but we're impacting 26 different programs in this area."

For more information on how to donate click this link: http://www.unitedwayswga.org/

Here are some tips from Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp when it comes to picking a charity to donate this time of year:

  • Research charities before you contribute, be wary of telephone solicitors asking for donations and never give your credit, debit card or bank account information to an online solicitor.
  • Not all organizations with charitable sounding names are actually charities.
  • If a tax deduction is important to you, make sure the organization has a tax deductible status with the Internal Revenue Service.

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