Charity awarded $20,000

Charity receives $20,000

MARTINEZ, GA (WFXG) - Four charities anxiously waited to see who would receive a $20,000 donation from WFXG Fox 54.

Golden Harvest Food Bank won the grand prize in WFXG's charity contest, and after a busy winter season, director of external relations Mariam Baker says the money is a welcome gift.

"We just came out of the holiday season and now are trying to re-stock our shelves, so we're going to be able to broadcast our mission and our vision to this area and more and hopefully gain more donors and gain more donations," Baker said.

But Golden Harvest wasn't the only winner today. Each of the charities involved won $5,000 towards their organizations and all agree it will go a long way.

"This is just another way to be able to let the community know what kind of services are being provided and how those critical services are a safety net for our community," United Way of the CSRA President Laverne Gold said.

SafeHomes of Augusta executive director Aimee Hall says this money will be great to let people know what services they have to offer.

"We are really starting a lot of new endeavors and for SafeHomes and marketing and a PR campaign is what we're fixing to start so this will be a great opportunity and kickoff for just that," Hall said.

And Major Tony Perez of the Salvation Army of Augusta knows how far financial support can go.

"This gift of $5,000 is just awesome to our organization and it really goes a long way and it expands what we already have in funds and being able to tell people what we're doing," he said.

The charities have one message to the people who voted for them: "We can't say thank you enough," Baker said.

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