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Santa arrived early in Augusta last week – twice. Officials from Border Bash, the fundraiser prior to the annual football clash between Georgia and South Carolina, gave out money to deserving area agencies, then the Community Foundation for the CSRA awarded area nonprofits 40 grants worth $512,000.

Of course, the truth is, “Santa” is real people who give of their time and money for others in need. The Community Foundation grants are fueled in large part by the Masters Tournament and the generosity of Augusta National.

One grant recipient shared with us:

“I am always overwhelmed when I hear the kinds of things people do to help our community. Shelters for abused women, groups that take children with brain injuries to camp, places that fill backpacks with food for children who have nothing to eat over the weekend. The list goes on and on. ... Maybe it would make everyone feel really good to know there are ‘angels’ watching over many in trouble, making their lives better.”

That’s the true, and often hidden, face of Augusta. And it’s a beautiful one.

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