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Christmas is coming early for Hobby Lobby employees! In a statement released yesterday (9/14), the company said it is raising the minimum wage for full-time hourly employees to $17 dollars.

“Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season,” said Hobby Lobby CEO, David Green.

The company says that by taking care of their employees, they reduce turnover and improve morale among workers – which, in turn, results in a pleasant shopping experience for its customers.

The pay raise goes into effect on October 1st. You can read Hobby Lobby’s full statement here.

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Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, the color pink, and the smell of new books.