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Here’s how you can help local nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis
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Dawson County Humane Society President Tim Smock pets a kitten up for adoption at the Dawson County Humane Society shelter. - photo by Jessica Taylor

With so much thrown off due to COVID-19, many Dawson County nonprofits are struggling to make ends meet. There are several ways you can support local nonprofits, whether it be monetary donations or donating needed supplies.

Here’s a list of Dawson County nonprofits that need your support right.

Abba House: Abba House is a residential program aimed at helping women get out of addictions, abuse or any other destructive situation. Abba House is currently in need of food donations, clothing donations and monetary donations.

For food or clothing donations, call (678) 736-3386, or to make a monetary donation visit https://abbahouse.com/giving-back.

Dawson County Humane Society: The Humane Society provides shelter for homeless dogs and cats and helps connect them with forever homes through their adoption program. Currently, the Humane Society is most in need of wet puppy and kitten food, bleach and laundry detergent, and financial donations. DCHS’s income has significantly been reduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To donate to the Humane Society, visit their website at https://dawsoncountyhumanesociety.org/ or call their number at (706) 265-9160.

RIC-Rack: RIC-Rack is a local food bank providing food and supplies to hundreds of Dawson County families. Currently, the food bank is in need of food donations and monetary donations. For food donations, the bank is accepting any and all food, except for meat.

The food bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. for food pickup or drop-off. For more information on donating, call the food bank at (706) 265-1045.

KARE for Kids: KARE for Kids is an organization that takes care of the children of Dawson County by addressing their needs. The group uses the funds they raise to provide necessities to children, including clothing, medicine, educational resources and much more. KARE for Kids also offers the opportunity to sponsor a child for the holidays.

To make a monetary donation to KARE for Kids, visit http://www.kareforkids.org/donate.html

Meals by Grace: Meals by Grace is a no-cost, delivered meals program for families facing food insecurity. The organization collects food and delivers it to those in need.

Meals by Grace has a list of food items they currently need the most at https://mealsbygrace.org/DonateOpts.aspx, or you can make a monetary donation at the same link.

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is a nonprofit aimed at disaster relief through donating time, money and blood. Red Cross accepts monetary or blood donations, and they are currently asking for those who have had and recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating plasma in order to help those who are currently fighting the virus in their recovery.

To donate money visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/, and to learn more about recovered COVID-19 patients giving blood visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank: Georgia Mountain Food Bank is a provider for several different food pantries throughout North Georgia. The organization collects food and monetary donations and distributes them to smaller food pantries that they are in partnership with.

To learn how to donate money or food, visit https://www.gamountainfoodbank.org/how-you-can-help/

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