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Thumbs Up! - Jan. 13, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Read about the good news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

Many people took advantage of the last few days of 2013 to make charitable donations, especially those of clothing, toys and household goods. Whether it was an item replaced with a gift at Christmas or simply a good old-fashioned closet and toy box cleaning, stores that accept used goods were on the receiving end of much-needed inventory. Gifts to non-profit managed thrift stores are tax deductible, just one good reason to donate. The stores provide jobs as well as make it easy for all of us to find a good bargain. Just because the time to benefit from charitable giving for the 2013 tax return has expired, it is never too early to think about next year’s return. Go ahead. Look around the house. Make it a family effort by asking each person to look through his or her closet for unwanted or outgrown clothes and shoes. Help the youngest children understand the how, what and why of giving to others. Ask for a receipt from the store and while there, shop around.

Flint Community Bank made a recent donation of $4,500 to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and breast cancer awareness. The bank offered several ways for customers to contribute, including a tree of pink ribbons in the lobby and t-shirts with the pink ribbon tree logo. Staff members hand-made bracelets of leather with a pink pearl and date tag which sold as the 2013 HOPE Bracelet. All of these activities were a part of the funds raised but the personal touch of the bracelets holds the real meaning of caring about what breast cancer does to the patient and her family and friends.

Decatur County folks have a native daughter that has hit the big time. No, she hasn’t just won some reality show contest but, instead is making a real difference in the world. LaCameo Miller graduated with honors from Bainbridge High School in 2002, the first step toward an honorable career. Georgia Southern was Miller’s next stop where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. That degree was followed by a masters. Miller ios now a part time instructor now at Savannah Technical College and a nurse in the mother/baby unit of St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, also in Savannah. In the December/January issue of South Magazine, Miller was named as one of the greatest nurses in the magazine’s Stars of the South contest. Congratulations!

Since 1990 Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful has named a monthly Clean Business winner. All businesses are eligible for the award which includes a salute in The Albany Herald. Anyone can make a recommendation by calling 92290 430-5257. Each year, one of the businesses is selected as the Clean Business of the Year and for 2013, that designation goes to F &W Forestry Services at 1310 West Oakridge Drive.

Eight days before Christmas there was a very special celebration at Pine Shadows Retirement Home in Sylvester. Mr. and Mrs. Grady Snipes, along with friends and family, marked their 70th wedding anniversary with cake and punch. Parents to three children, the couple also has eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren (with another on the way). A lot has changed since December 17, 1943 and this couple has weathered it all.

A special thank you goes out to the Albany Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and any and all organizations and individuals for stepping up during the sub-freezing weather to protect the homeless population. The issue of shelter took on an increased degree of importance as the temperatures plummeted. Again, from shelters to churches to those who gave blankets, hats and gloves, thank you very, very much.

The Albany Herald Editorial Board