And the first quarter Give 9 winner is…

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Your votes have been counted and we have a first quarter winner in WTVM's Give 9 campaign.

Big House Foundation of Opelika was awarded a $5,000 check courtesy of WTVM and sponsor Headquarter Nissan. The nonprofit that helps improve the lives of foster children got more than 3,700 votes to beat out four other finalists.

Executive director Micah Melnick says the money will help them help a lot of children.

"Big House serves the needs of children in foster care, primarily in Lee County, Ala., but we serve children all across the state in other ways, but we want to meet the needs of children in foster care while they're in car through adoption or if they get reunited with their families," Melnick explained. "So there's, a lot of needs that children in foster care have, whether it's clothing or babysitting, or tutoring or mentoring. Just different things like that, so we try to meet those needs."

If you would like to help your favorite local charity win, all you have to do is click the Give 9 tab on our website to cast your vote.

Each quarter, we will award $5,000 to a local non-profit.

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