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Perspective: Give!


Give DeKalb County is next Thursday, May 6, which gives you a week to do your research before you vote with your dollars.


Our county has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to nonprofits and the directors and the volunteers who make them go. But the reality is the impact of those organizations hinges on how well they're funded.

So check out the list of more than 100 nonprofits at GiveDeKalbCounty.org. Find the organization, the cause, and the important work that means the most to you, and then throw your support behind it with your dollars.

Personally, I'm voting with my dollars for the Barb Food Mart. Food Security is a major issue. And as the father of two second graders, I'm all too aware of the impact hunger has on a child's ability to learn. And even if families struggling to get by are able to put food on the table, so often that comes with a cost: that can mean utilities, you know, keeping the lights on and the water running. It can mean clothing or something as simple as a proper pair of tennis shoes for gym class.

What's most important though, is that we Give De Kalb County, just like every election season. It's crucial that we do our research, and then we vote…with our dollars.           

I'm Christopher Heimerman and that's my Perspective.

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