By Lesley Tanner, CBS Atlanta Reporter
ROSWELL, Ga.Barbara Duffy opened the mail with a smile and counted up thousands of dollars in donated checks.
"What comes in in the mail is what we give out," said Duffy.
Duffy is the executive director of North Fulton Community Charities. She was days away from turning away families who need help with rent and bills, until CBS Atlanta aired a story about the charities' dire need.
"The power of the press always surprises me," said Duffy.
She said she was also surprised by the amount some callers offered to give.
"Twenty minutes after the newscast, a gentleman called and said he wanted to help. He said he would be sending us a large check of $10,000," said Duffy.
Barbara and Albert Streng couldn't offer that much, but they did bring in a bag of food and a small cash donation after Barbara saw the charities on the news.
"I said, 'We have to do something,'" said Barbara Streng.
"You can start with a dollar," said Albert Streng. "You don't have to give thousands to contribute to a community charity."
Duffy agreed, and said they'll rely on families like the Streng's to get them through the rest of the year.
"People eat 12 months out of the year," said Duffy. "We need donations year round, not just when we put up the flag."
The $10,000 donation didn't come in Tuesday's mail, but Duffy said she is are confident it will arrive.
If you'd like to make a donation of any amount go to nfcchelp.org.
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