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Volunteers spend Christmas Eve helping homeless

RueNette Melton hands out holiday baskets to homeless people in Albany. RueNette Melton hands out holiday baskets to homeless people in Albany.
RueNette Melton RueNette Melton
Marquavious Johnson hosted a blanket drive in Dawson. Marquavious Johnson hosted a blanket drive in Dawson.
Johnson collected blankets to distribute to homeless people in Dawson. Johnson collected blankets to distribute to homeless people in Dawson.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Volunteers around south Georgia spread holiday cheer, one act of kindness at a time. 

People in Albany and in Dawson distributed items for people without a home this Christmas holiday. 

Dee and Doc Melton Senior Cultural Visions CEO RueNette Melton spent her Christmas Eve spreading love to people who need it most.

She handed out holiday baskets to homeless people in Albany Thursday afternoon.

"I'm just so excited about it," she said. "This is my Christmas. To spend it with them and doing something for somebody else, that's what it means to me."

Every year for the past decade, Dee and Doc Melton Senior Cultural Visions has collected items to hand out to people during the holidays. 

"We have some body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shaving cream," said Melton.

Their mission is to distribute nearly 200 holiday baskets around south Georgia.

But she's not the only one in the giving spirit.

Marquavious Johnson, 14, saw a need in Dawson as well. 

"Some people needed blankets because they would be outside cold or having signs up that they needed help," Johnson said. 

So this year, he hosted a blanket drive at the Autism Center as preparation for when temperatures begin to drop.

Melton said today doesn't feel like work, especially when she sees how much her help is appreciated. 

"They have so much love," she said. "One of the people wanted to give me some money for giving him this basket.  I said, 'Oh no, no, no.  This is for you because I love you and Merry Christmas.'"

Melton said there is always a need to help the homeless community, not just on Christmas.  

If you would like to help, call Melton at (229) 392-1979.

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