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Wal-Mart makes donations to area agencies

Several local organizations received $1,000 matching grant checks Friday from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Pictured L-R are Cindy Nelson, Wal-Mart assistant manager, who presented checks to Kathleen Kosmoski of the American Red Cross, Lt. Chris Reynolds of the Thomson City Fire Department, Gail Newsome of the McDuffie County Animal Shelter, Bonnie Branch of the Washington-Wilkes Humane Society, Louise Burgess of Springfield Baptist Church, and Steve Rhodes of Norris Elementary School.

"Wal-Mart has been a huge benefit to us," Ms. Newsome said. "They have helped us so many times."

Ms. Nelson said she was "thrilled to get checks for both animal shelters. Because I'm an animal lover, and I cry when I see the animals in shelters."

Other organizations not pictured, but who also received a check, are the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the McDuffie Museum.

The Wal-Mart Good.Works. community involvement program is based on the philosophy of making an impact on communities by supporting issues and causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods.

Web posted on Thursday, October 11, 2007

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