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Cabarrus funder helps with basic needs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the recession makes its impact felt throughout the U.S., a Cabarrus County funder has awarded $66,660 to help local residents with basic needs.

The Cabarrus Critical Needs Response Fund, administered by the Cabarrus County Community Foundation, was created in December 2008 through a $100,000 grant from Altria, the parent company of Phillip Morris.

Since its creation, the fund has received an additional $7,050 in donations from individuals.

The fund distributed grants to four local organizations working to help feed, clothe and shelter people affected by the dismal economy.

The Cooperative Christian Ministry received $48,660 to expand the number of people it serves.

The Salvation Army Concord Corps will use a $15,000 grant to buy food for its pantry and help needy people cover their utility bills and pay for shelter on cold nights.

Baptist Sharing House received $1,000 to purchase food, and Meals on Wheels will use a $2,000 grant to serve meals to the senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The fund also received an anonymous challenge grant of $50,000, which will be paid if an additional $25,000 in donations is raised. Donate online or by calling 704.973.4588.

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