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Meet the Give 9 Finalists for the 3rd Quarter!

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Time's almost up to vote in this quarter of our Give 9 program!

Our top five nominees are Friends of the Sledgehammer, Hope Harbour, Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy, Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc., and Storybook Farm.

Cast your vote for one of the five finalists by texting "Give 9" to 40909. When prompted, respond with the organization's corresponding letter.  The charity with the most votes by the end of September will receive a $5,000 check courtesy of WTVM and Headquarter Nissan.

Voting continues until midnight Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Learn more about these deserving organizations below:

Friends of the Sledgehammer

Friends of Sledgehammer (FOSH) is a community-led effort to harness the groundswell of support within the community and from advocates throughout the country focused on providing support and mentorship to the Soldiers and leaders of the Sledgehammer Brigade.

Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

Hope Harbour

It's one of the few facilities in the Chatahoochee Valley serving victims of domestic violence, and every day their beds are full.

Hope Harbour has been helping mostly women and children for nearly two decades, and they say the need continues to grow.

Executive director Lindsey Reis says if her organization wins the $5,000, the money will be put to excellent use.

"Because we're always looking for those funds that aren't restricted funds, that we can pay for storage units for clients, or repair tires for clients who are on the run," Reis explained. "It also would provide a fun pizza night for them and several other things that we could do for the clients, because all that money would go directly to them."

Visit their website for more information.

Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy

One in 88 children in the U.S. has autism. Here's another startling number –Alabama saw a more than 500 percent increase in autism cases in residents between the ages of 3 and 21 over the last 15 years.

The families affected by autism need support, which is why The Lee County Autism Resources and Advocacy was created.

The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization provides resources, workshops and support for families of Lee County.

Now they're asking for your support, and LCARA officials say the money would really help.

"We are an all volunteer organization, there are no salaries paid to any of the members, so the $5,000 would really help us in terms of continuing our workshops and programs, especially since we try not to charge any of our families for any of the workshops," explained LCARA treasurer Laura Squires.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Reach 4 Your Dreamz, Inc.

Reach 4 Your Dreamz was founded two years ago in Columbus to help children and adults develop the life skills they need to accomplish their goals.

One of the group's events is an annual Christmas giveaway, where they donate a thousand toys and feed a thousand families for the holidays.

Founder and CEO Gwenetta Wright says if they win, the money would be used toward that event.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward that," Wright said. "It's very expensive to buy toys for 1,000 children and to feed 1,000 families. Our budget for that event is usually $10,000 so this money would definitely help us in that."

Visit their website for more information.

Storybook Farm

Storybook Farm in Opelika is a faith-based organization that provides equine-assisted activities for children experiencing physical, emotional, social and mental situations.

Founder Dena Little says Storybook Farm is a place where dreams come true.

"So many of our riders have been told they can't do things, they can't do ballet, they can't do softball, they can't interact with their peers at school or they're set apart, and Storybook is a can-do place," Little explained. "They can do anything they want to at Storybook."

Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

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