Local charities ask for help to reach 2018 goals

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Monday, December 31, 2018
News 12 at 6/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRWD/WAGT) -- Local charities are making the final push for donations as they close out the year.

Some give to fill a gap left in their hearts.

"A little emotional," said Robin Fuewell, a mother.

Robin Fuewell affectionally called her son superman. His memory is inspiring his family's campaign for goodness,

Fuewell hands out 31 care packages to the homeless, near the Salvation Army, to celebrate her son's New Year’s Eve birthday.

"On a day that I could really be sad, I am really happy on the inside," said Fuewell.

Right down the street at the Salvation Army, John Sebby, the director of development at the Salvation Army, is writing thank you notes to their donors.

He's grateful but hoping for thousands more in donations before the ball drops.

"We rely on the kettles to produce a quarter of a million dollars for our shelter, soup kitchen and to meet the needs of those in the community and we ran short this year," said Sebby.

Sebby said they are $20,000 short.

Their organization is not the only one trying to reach their year-end goal.

The Savannah Riverkeeper is only halfway to their $10,000 goal. Organizers say the money would go to clean-ups and the Vets for Clean Water program.

The Deputy Director of Forces United, formally Augusta Warrior Project, says they haven't met their year-end goal either.

For Robin, giving back was a way to work through her grief.

"I can't even explain it but it has the ability to make you feel rotten," said Fuewell.

But simply put, she says giving has made her feel good and that's a great way to end the year.

To donate to the Salvation Army, Savannah Riverkeeper, and Forces United, click the organization you would like to donate to.

Keep in mind, anything you donate before the ball drops, you can write-off on your taxes this year.