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Georgia charities owed unclaimed property

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About 224,000 Georgians are owed unclaimed property from the state of Georgia, and several nonprofit agencies are on the list that could really use the money.

There are more than 100 animals that call the Humane Society of Cobb County their home. This nonprofit, no-kill shelter depends on donations from the public to care for the animals.

"There have been times when our funds have been extremely low and we didn't know where the next penny was coming from," Sarah Cant with the Humane Society of Cobb County said.

So you can imagine how excited they were when CBS46 informed them they were owed unclaimed property by the state of Georgia.

"Even a dollar goes a long way," Sarah Cant with the Humane Society of Cobb County said.

In this case, it's $50. The money comes from an old donation that was sent to the wrong address and then turned over to the state. The humane society said their newfound money will feed some of the animals for a week.

"Oh my gosh, it will definitely provide food for the cats, a couple of bags of food," Cant said.

Unclaimed property also belonged to the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation, an organization that recently held a walk at Piedmont Park with more than 9,000 participants.

"If there are no funds, there's no mission," Maria Myler with the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation said.

That mission is to raise awareness and money to assist families living with lupus, a rare disease where the body's immune system attacks itself.

"When you say how essential are funds? This chapter was closed 8 years ago and the office hadn't been opened for two years," Myler said.

The state owes the Lupus Foundation $55. Once again, the money comes from a donation that was sent to the wrong address and then turned over to the state.

"We are grateful for every penny, because every penny counts in our efforts to provide programs to patients," Myler said.

Last, but not least, the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes got a nice surprise when they were informed that they were owed unclaimed property.

"Five hundred dollars, that's nothing to sneeze at," Dr. James Harper, Georgia Baptist Children's Homes chief executive officer, said.

It's a big blessing for a nonprofit that has been providing a safe and healthy environment for children for more than 140 years.

"Most of the children come to us, and they have some serious personal issues, they have family issues, they have educational problems," Harper said.

Harper said the money comes from a donation that never made it to their organization until CBS46 informed them. They've designated the $500 as a scholarship so that a disabled child can go to their summer camp.

"I anticipate this money will make a difference in a child's life this summer," Harper said.

You, too, might have forgotten funds waiting for you, money that might have been sent to a wrong address. There's more than $153 million waiting to be claimed by Georgians. To search, Click on this link and just type in your name and city.

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