A Helping Hand

Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Southwire Provides Hope for the Holidays in Final Phase of $1 Million Donation. Earlier this year, Southwire announced an expansion of its Giving Back efforts in response to COVID-19, creating three phases with a commitment to donate $1 million toward COVID-19 relief with a focus on hunger, education and Hope for the Holidays. Moving into the third, and final, phase of Southwire’s COVID-19 relief effort, the company will focus on providing Hope for the Holidays during the months of November and December through a total contribution of $250,000 to organizations like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree and Feed My Starving Children. 

Additionally, in honor of Southwire’s 70th anniversary, the company will host a virtual Hope for the Holidays fundraising event on Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., with a goal to raise an additional $70,000 toward these causes by partnering with its local communities. The three-hour Facebook live event will feature a wide variety of musical performances, inspirational messages and much more.

For more information, visit Southwire’s Newsroom at http://www.southwire.com/newsroom and social channels for the latest updates on this event. 

Haralson County Toys for Tots. Shopping is already underway for the Haralson County Toys for Tots program! Your generous donation will help send hope and happiness to children who need it most – and every donation to the program stays right here in our community. Last year, the program distributed nearly 8,000 toys to roughly 1,300 local children. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, contact Kelley Robinson at 770-880-0790 or visit https://tallapoosa-ga.toysfortots.org

Project Joy. Based in Newnan, Ga., this organization began over 30 years ago to help foster children for Christmas. Project Joy works with referrals from the Coweta County Division of Family and Children Services to give Christmas gifts and clothing to needy children, the elderly, foster children and grandparents who have removed their grandchildren from foster care to raise them in their homes. Project Joy will be accepting donations of clothing, shoes, coats and gift cards for children and the elderly in Coweta County from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. For more information on donating items to Project Joy, call Ms. Frances Smith at 770.310.5041 or email her at Fhsmith105@gmail.com. 

Operation Christmas Douglas County. Started in 2015, Operation Christmas Douglas County has provided over 47,000 needy local children with new Christmas gifts in its first five years – the more than 1,000 volunteers brought holiday cheer to more than 11,000 children last year. Children enrolled in Douglas County schools and their younger siblings may receive a free Christmas gift. 

To qualify, children must reside in Douglas County and receive free or reduced-price lunch. This is a community effort and is not sponsored by the school system. This year’s distribution will occur on Dec. 12, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m. at several locations around the county. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheElfSquad/.

Carroll County Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop. Current and retired officer members of the Tony Jackson Garrett Lodge #35 of the Fraternal Order of Police take children shopping for Christmas. In 2020, they are scheduling four shopping events: three days for special needs children and one for those in financial need. The children are chosen from victims or witnesses of crimes that the officers have encountered and recognize as in need of holiday assistance. The FOP relies on community donations, and they will match every $100 donation dollar for dollar. Mail or drop off cash, check or Wal-Mart/Target gift card donations to 115 W. Center Street, Carrollton, Ga. 30117 or contact Officer Eddie LeBlanc at 770.318.5618. Email Eddie@cmbrentals.com or eleblanc@carrollton-ga.gov to arrange for credit card payment. Visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carrolltonfop.

Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club Empty Stocking Fund. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the 2019 Carrollton Empty Stocking Fund, Inc. supported 405 children and seven local non-profit agencies. Started in 1946 by the Carrollton Jaycees, the Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club currently administers this 501(c)3 foundation. Club members and other volunteers purchase Christmas gifts with the Empty Stocking Fundraiser’s proceeds. The spending allowance is $100 per child. The local school system and the Carroll County Division of Family and Children Services provide the Club with the children’s names in need, their wish lists and their clothing sizes. To provide services to as many local children as possible, the Club cross-checks the list with numerous agencies and other local charities (including those in the surrounding counties) to avoid duplication and help as many families as possible have a great Christmas. You can make donations through PayPal online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=C8GQFY9KC2TLG. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, call Rebecca Smith at 770.830.6600.

Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries. offers Christmas gifts for needy children from Bowdon area schools and their families, including toys, clothes, food and other needs. Two retired teachers shop for each child individually using donations, making sure each child gets personalized gift choices. Send donations to 190 Grammar School Road, Bowdon, GA 30108 or call (770) 258-0303 for more information.

The Braxton Dollar Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2018 in honor of Braxton Dollar, who received his angel wings in June 2018, after an 18-month battle with DIPG. DIPG is a terminal form of brain cancer that develops and grows in the brain stem. We hope you will join us in helping keep Braxton’s memory alive, as we help other children and their families navigate through their pediatric cancer diagnosis through our foundation. Because no one fights pediatric cancer alone. Donate: Paypal http://paypal.me/Braxfoundation?locale.x=en_US (Be sure to select friends and family when making a Donation) Amazon Smile – This Holiday Season support the Braxton Dollar Foundation while you shop at Amazon Smile! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-4645515. Monetary Donations can be made at any local Synovus Bank Branch. For more information email braxfoundation@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook @BraxtonDollarFoundation and Instagram @braxton_dollar_foundation.


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