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Mission Change planning fall activities

The Exchange Club of Albany celebrated 76 years of fighting child abuse in the area with a cake after its Friday Luncheon meeting.

The Exchange Club of Albany celebrated 76 years of fighting child abuse in the area with a cake after its Friday Luncheon meeting.

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Pete Skiba

LaDonna Urick, co-founder of Mission Change, speaks at the Exchange Club of Albany on Friday, Sept. 27.

ALBANY, Ga. -- In giving her update on Mission Change and its goals, LaDonna Urick, co-founder of the group, found herself surrounded Friday by like-minded people.

Urick spoke at the weekly Exchange Club of Albany luncheon meeting, where the members continue their work to eradicate child abuse.

"Being here is like being with family," Urick said before addressing the group. "Most of them know about us and what we are doing."

What they are doing is educating others in the community on how they can get involved with helping those who need it. Whether it is food, shelter or even a little companionship and fun, Mission Change plans to help out.

On Oct. 20 the group plans to act in concert with the Albany Housing Authority and hold a Senior Prom for older residents at the McIntosh Homes Center, 701 Society Ave. Because of lunch, naps and early bedtimes, the prom will start at 10 a.m. and go until noon.

On Nov. 9, the group plans to take aim at homelessness with a sleep-out in the field next to the Albany Mall, 2601 Dawson Rd. It will be a night of art, music and poetry to benefit those in need.

On Thanksgiving, Mission Change plans to hold its first Thanksgiving dinner at the Dray Line, the spot on Roosevelt Avenue between Jackson and Washington streets where day laborers hang out and wait for jobs. Also in the works is a Christmas Eve dinner.

The Exchange Club celebrated 76 years in Albany raising money and joining with the community to fight child abuse at its luncheon with a birthday cake.

The club also got a present from member Steve Perrine's business, State Farm Insurance, which donated $500 to the cause.