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Golden Harvest and Bank of America Team Up for Major Fundraiser

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The Golden Harvest Food Bank and Bank of America teamed up Monday for a major fundraiser.

In a special report, Mary Morrison shows us how the face of hunger is changing and how you can help take a bite out of the problem.  Plus, Mary sits down with the men behind this local fundraising campaign and Barclay Bishop takes us to a telethon staffed by local volunteers.

Chrisje Molitor, Augusta:

"We had everything figured out."
"I was going to work and he was going to go to school and the rug was kind of pulled out from under us."

Three years ago, Chrisje Molitor was newly married, and expecting her first child when she injured her back and lost her job.
"It was a very dark time..")
"How were we going to provide for our child if we weren't making any income."
"I'm not going to lie, it was very frightening."

Like thousands of others, this couple turned to the Golden Harvest food bank for help.

Travis McNeal, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Executive Director;

"The face of hunger is looking much different than most of us think"

"It's the person next door, it's the person who has lost their job, they are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payment or pay their electricity bill to buy their medicine."

Golden Harvest provides food to 300 churches and non- profit groups that serve the hungry each and every day.
Now with your help, Golden Harvest has a golden opportunity.

Ora Parrish, Bank of America:

"For every dollar that's donated, Bank of America will contribute two dollars".

Ora Parrish is talking about the Bank of America Give a meal campaign on November 18.  All you have to do is call or go on line.

"We have local volunteers who are going to man the phones as well as connect with folks in the community to share the great opportunity we have to support a great organization, The Golden Harvest Food Bank.

On November 18, every dollar you give will turn into three.  The most you can donate is one thousand dollars.

"At golden harvest food bank, one dollar can distribute seven dollars worth of food so that can be seven thousand dollars worth of food on that one day.

Food so that people like Chrisje can get through the dark times and back on their feet.  Today, she and her family no longer need the food pantry. Her husband is in med school and the future looks bright.

"Really to be able to ask for help and be provided for has helped us to get to where we are and help him to get to the place where he can help society in a real way.
"You can never out give God in generosity and I'm looking forward to the day when I can be more generous and I can give back."

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