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Civic League receives financial gift

Johnnie Pearl Hammond, chair of East Town Civic League, accepted a $5,000 gift from AT&T to her organization in recognition of its humanitarian work Tuesday.

Johnnie Pearl Hammond, chair of East Town Civic League, accepted a $5,000 gift from AT&T to her organization in recognition of its humanitarian work Tuesday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A delegation of a dozen or so, including state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, D-Dawson, and state Reps. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, and Gerald Greene, R-Cuthbert, gathered Wednesday in Mayor Dorothy Hubbard's Government Building office to show appreciation for the East Town Civic League as the organization received a gift of $5,000 from AT&T.

"They just do so many things for the community and for east Albany," said Courtney Brinson, regional director, external affairs for AT&T Georgia, who presented the gift. "(Johnnie Pearl Hammond, League chair) began to get involved after the flood of 1994 and just continued helping people who need a little jump start or a help up. She has continually given back. We recognize and applaud that and we wanted to support that in some small way."

Hammond said the East Town Civic League was created in 1986 by the late County Commissioner, Don Cutler.

"He even talked to me after he died, what he wanted to do," Hammond joked, "He was still giving orders."

Hammond, age 80, said her organization does "anything and everything" it can to help not only the local community -- feeding hungry people, raising money for the needy, partnering with similar organizations -- but sometimes it works to ease the pain of communities far from Albany.

"We even went to Tuscaloosa after the tornado," Hammond said. "On the 10th of August last year, we took school supplies, food and paper towels. The whole community got involved. We reach outside the box -- wherever there's a need."

Hammond said the league would use at least part of the $5,000 received to purchase a truck load of food from Second Harvest Food Bank and meat from other sources.

"That's what I was wanting to do," Hammond said. "I love what I'm doing and if I'm not doing it, it's like something is missing."