Wreaths laid on Andersonville National Cemetery gravesites

(Source: National Park Service/Andersonville National Historic Site)(Source: National Park Service/Andersonville National Historic Site)
ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) –

Saturday marked national Wreaths Across America Day.

People visiting Andersonville National Cemetery in Sumter County participated by laying wreaths on several hundred gravesites.

It’s a chance to remember the sacrifices made by fallen servicemen and women.

According to the Andersonville National Historic Site, its cemetery gets between 500 and 800 wreaths per year that are sponsored by the Wreaths Across America nonprofit.

Each year, the cemetery rotates which of the 20,000 gravesites receive wreaths on this day.

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Valdosta store hosts “Shop with a Firefighter”

Target hosted and funded "Shop with a Firefighter" for the Valdosta Fire Department. (Source: Valdosta Target)Target hosted and funded “Shop with a Firefighter” for the Valdosta Fire Department. (Source: Valdosta Target)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –

Christmas came early for 16 families in Valdosta.

Saturday, Target hosted and funded “Shop with a Firefighter” for the Valdosta Fire Department.

Each family got an $80 gift card to shop for holiday gifts.

Chief Freddie Broome and his firefighters took the kids and families shopping to pick out just the right things for Christmas.

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Albany firefighters respond to house fire

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

Firefighters responded to a blaze at an Albany home Saturday around 9:40 p.m.

Albany Firefighters responded to the 800 block of Beechwood Drive.

No word yet on how serious that fire was, or if anyone was hurt.

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Christmas gift giveaway helps 40 children

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) –

Dougherty County schools are officially closed for the holidays, but one school opened its doors once more for a special Christmas event.

Albany-based Tara Foods has a 15-year tradition with Radium Springs Elementary.

On Saturday morning, the company continued that tradition to bring holiday cheer to 40 students right before Christmas.

An unusual site filled Radium Springs Elementary School’s cafeteria.

Presents sat on the tables, just waiting for 19 different families to come claim their bag of toys.

“They give the kids exactly what the kids want,” said Bruce Bowles, Radium Springs Elementary School, Principal.

Bowles said Tara Foods has partnered with the school for 15 years.

Each year, company employees bring gifts to children.

It’s an action to not only ease the holiday burden on the parents’ wallets but also bring smiles to these 40 children.

That includes 10-year-old Rosa Calloway and her brother Jackey Campbell.

Calloway said she was “excited” when she walked into school today.

“The best school in Dougherty County is Radium Springs Elementary,” said Campbell.

Radium Springs teachers chose third grader Calloway and fourth grader Campbell, among others, to participate.

“That’s the important thing, is to see the kids coming in here that may not have had a Christmas, have a very good Christmas,” said Bowles.

And for Calloway, it’s not even about the gifts this holiday season.

She says her favorite part of Christmas is, “Jesus’ birthday.”

Their moms said the kids will not open their gifts until Christmas day.

She said she wants to wrap them first.

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