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      Local farmers make donations to Phoebe and Westwood

      Eric and Stephanie Gause have directed a $2,500 donation to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while Donald Shirah donated the same amount to Westwood School. / America's Farmers


      Three local Southwest Georgia farmers are lending a helping hand to Phoebe and Westwood.

      Eric and Stephanie Gause have directed a $2,500 donation to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while Donald Shirah donated the same amount to Westwood School.

      The donation to Phoebe will contribute to the production of an informative video for families with loved ones in the unit. The Westwood donation will be used to purchase items needed for classrooms in the new elementary wing.

      "Our goal is to provide a communication tool for our NICU families, one that informs and prepares them for this stressful situation," said Executive Director Lauren Ray.

      "We are extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shirah for choosing our school to receive this donation," said Headmaster Ross Worsham.

      America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Westwood School, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer's nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

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