Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA in 2017

5 ways to give back this holiday seasonThe holidays are not always a happy time for families. Many people are struggling due to an illness, a job loss or other life changing event.

If you would like to give back this holiday season, here are a few local organizations that would love your help making sure families have a brighter Christmas.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, donate and give back to the community. See our list of Local Nonprofits in Cumming, GA list as well.

Donate Canned Food to a Local Food Pantry

If you want to give regularly, sign up for Food for Thought Project. Fill your grocery cart with a few extra items each visit and fill the orange bag. On the pickup date which is a few times a year, simply place the orange bag on your porch by 9:00 am and it will be distributed to many local area food pantries. Volunteers are also needed to pick up donation bags as well as distribute canned goods from the warehouse to the local pantries.

Donate or Volunteer at The Place of Forsyth County’s Holiday House

Interested in donating for the Holiday House Event go to
http://bit.ly/HHtoydrive

Interested in donating online for the Holiday House Event go to https://www.myregistry.com/…/Holiday-House-Cumming-Ga/948475

Interested in volunteering for the Holiday House Event go to http://bit.ly/HHvolunteer

Come on board and get involved with the 3rd Annual Holiday House! You will be glad that you did. This is such a joyous event that enables all to spread the JOY of Christmas to our neighbors in need.

The Place serves the community with financial emergency assistance, clothing, food and many additional support services.

Forsyth County Senior Services Seeks Holiday Gift Angels

Brighten the day of a local senior citizen this holiday season

Forsyth County Senior Services invites everyone to be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen by participating in the 2017 Holiday Gift Angels Program.

“The Holiday Gift Angels Program is a joy for Forsyth County Senior Services to host every year,” said Senior Services Director Ruthie Brew. “A gift from a stranger – however big or small – shows our seniors that they are thought of during the holiday season.”

Being a holiday angel is easy to do. Just follow these simple steps:

1.  Pick up a gift request tag at any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations (gift tags will be available beginning Thursday, November 2):

  • Center at Charles Place, 595 Dahlonega Street, Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road, Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hearthstone Lodge Community Center, 7305 Lanier Drive, Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2.  Acquire a gift. Each gift request tag lists the name of a local senior citizen along with a gift idea for him/her.

3.  Bring the unwrapped gift – in a gift bag with the gift request tag attached – to any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations listed above weekdays by November 27. For additional information, call Forsyth County Senior Services at (770) 781-2178.

Fire Department Annual Toy Collection – Help Brighten the Holidays for Local Children in Need

Be a part of the Forsyth County Fire Department’s 15th annual Aerial’s House toy collection! New, unwrapped toys for local children in need – newborn through 18 years old – may be dropped off from November 13 through December 15 at any Forsyth County fire station, Fire Department Headquarters (3520 Settingdown Road), or any of the county’s four library branches.To receive information regarding the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, call The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098.

Deliver Meals to Seniors Through Meals on Wheels Program in Forsyth County, GA

The Meals on Wheels program delivers not only a nutritious meal but also a friendly visit to homebound seniors. Providing this important program wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated volunteers who pack and deliver the meals. If you are looking for a way to truly make a difference in the community and brighten the lives of others, please consider becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer. You can learn more by calling Forsyth County Senior Services at (770) 781-2178.

Looking for other ways to volunteer? Check out Volunteer Match for Forsyth County, GA or contact a local nonprofit directly to see how you can help.

Angels Over Forsyth

Sponsor a child who is in foster care this Christmas.  This effort is coordinated by Angels Over Forsyth, a community-driven, volunteer program which ensures these children have the best Christmas possible.  As the holiday season nears, Angels Over Forsyth is seeking assistance in making Christmas and the Holiday season brighter for foster children and families in need living in our community. We are in need of persons who can sponsor a child in need. We are asking that sponsors spend approximately $150.00 per child. Find out more information on the Angels Over Forsyth website.

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Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This 2015 Holiday Season

5 ways to give back this holiday seasonThe holidays are not always a happy time for families. Many people are struggling due to an illness, a job loss or other life changing event.

If you would like to give back this holiday season, here are a few local organizations that would love your help making sure families have a brighter Christmas.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, donate and give back to the community. See our list of Local Nonprofits in Cumming, GA list as well.

Angels Over Forsyth

Sponsor a child who is in foster care this Christmas.  This effort is coordinated by Angels Over Forsyth, a community-driven, volunteer program which ensures these children have the best Christmas possible.  As the holiday season nears, Angels Over Forsyth is seeking assistance in making Christmas and the Holiday season brighter for foster children and families in need living in our community. We are in need of persons who can sponsor a child in need. We are asking that sponsors spend approximately $150.00 per child. Find out more information on the Angels Over Forsyth website. CASA and DFCS provide wish lists for children through Angels Over Forsyth.

Donate Canned Food to a Local Food Pantry

If you want to give regularly, sign up for Food for Thought Project. Fill your grocery cart with a few extra items each visit and fill the orange bag. On the pickup date which is a few times a year, simply place the orange bag on your porch by 9:00 am and it will be distributed to many local area food pantries. Volunteers are also needed to pick up donation bags as well as distribute canned goods from the warehouse to the local pantries.

Forsyth Fire Begins Aerial’s House Toy Collection for Needy Children in November

New, unwrapped toys for any age may be dropped off beginning Monday, November 9 and through Friday, December 11, at Forsyth County fire stations, the Fire Department Headquarters located at 3520 Settingdown Road, or any of the county’s four library branches.   Beginning in December and continuing through December 11, toys for Aerial’s House may also be dropped off under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 East Main Street in downtown Cumming.   To receive information regarding the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, call The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098.

Give the Gift of Meals to Local Seniors This Holiday Season

Senior Services offers Home-Delivered Meals Gift Certificate Program

Help brighten the holiday season for Forsyth County homebound senior citizens by participating in the 2015 Home-Delivered Meals Holiday Gift Certificate Program. Meals purchased with a holiday gift certificate through Forsyth County Senior Services will be delivered through the Meals on Wheels program.

“The demand for our Meals on Wheels program continues to increase, and the cost of the meals continues to rise as well,” Senior Services Director Judy Theilman. “Forsyth County Senior Services is very appreciative of the generous support this program receives each year – it truly makes a difference in the lives of community’s homebound seniors.”

Those interested in participating may choose to provide meals for a day, week, month or year. The cost is $3.68 for one day, $18.40 for one week, $80.96 for one month, and $956.80 for the entire year. Gifts may be tax-deductible.

Checks should be made payable to Forsyth County Senior Services, Holiday Gift Certificate Program and may be mailed or delivered to the following address:

Forsyth County Senior Services
7305 Lanier Drive
Cumming, GA 30041

All meals delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day will include a special certificate to wish happy holidays from the meal provider. Senior Services has set a goal of delivering 4,000 meals to local senior citizens this holiday season.

For more information about this program, please call Forsyth County Senior Services at (770) 781-2178.

Senior Services Seeks Holiday Gift Angels for Community’s Senior Citizens

Annual Program helps bring holiday cheer to local seniors

Forsyth County Senior Services invites everyone to be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the 2015 Holiday Gift Angels Program.   “The Holiday Gift Angels Program is an annual program coordinated by Forsyth County Senior Services,” said Senior Services Director Judy Theilman. “It reminds our senior citizens that someone is thinking about them during the holiday season and really does have a tremendous positive impact on our seniors.”

Being a holiday angel is easy. The first step is to pick up a gift request tag for a senior citizen. The gift request tags are available now and can be picked up at the following Forsyth County Senior Services locations:

  • Center at Charles Place, 595 Dahlonega Street
    open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road
    open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hearthstone Lodge Community Center, 7305 Lanier Drive
    open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each gift request tag contains the name of a local senior citizen along with a gift idea for him/her. Those participating in the program may deliver the unwrapped gift in a gift bag with the gift request tag (or another tag with the senior’s name and route number) attached to any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations weekdays by November 30.

Call Forsyth County Senior Services at (770) 781-2178 to receive additional information about the 2015 Holiday Gift Angels Program.

 

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

holiday canned good drive cumming gaThe holidays are not always a happy time for families. Many people are struggling due to an illness, a job loss or other life changing event. If you would like to give back this holiday season, here are a few local organizations that would love your help making sure families have a brighter Christmas.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, donate and give back to the community. See our list of Local Nonprofits in Cumming, GA list as well.

Angels Over Forsyth

Sponsor a child who is in foster care this Christmas.  This effort is coordinated by  Angels Over Forsyth, a community-driven, volunteer program which ensures these children have the best Christmas possible.  As the holiday season nears, Angels Over Forsyth is seeking assistance in making Christmas and the Holiday season brighter for foster children and families in need living in our community. We are in need of persons who can sponsor a child in need. We are asking that sponsors spend approximately $150.00 per child. Find out more information on the Angels Over Forsyth website.

Donate Canned Food to a Food Drive

If you want to give regularly, sign up for Food for Thought Project. Fill your grocery cart with a few extra items each visit and fill the orange bag. On the pickup date which is a few times a year, simply place the orange bag on your porch by 9:00 am and it will be distributed to many local area food pantries.

If you want to give this holiday season, find a local food drive drop off location for Feed the Hungry Forsyth.

  • Judith Taylor Salon/Blue Fern Spa, 335 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suwanee, GA 30024
  • DeVry University, 2555 Northwinds PKWY, Alpharetta, GA 30009
  • DeVry University, One West Court Square, STE 100, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Keller William Community Partners, 540 Lake Center PKWY, Cumming, GA 30040
  • GA Vein Institute, 4415 Front Nine DR, STE 600, Cumming, GA 30041
  • Vestra Logistics, 2450 Atlanta HWY, STE 1903, Cumming, Georgia 30040
  • Homestar Financial, 202 Canton Road, STE 102, Cumming, GA 30040
  • North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain DR, Cumming, GA 30028
    (Drop off in the Atrium)
  • The Learning Experience, 450 Brannon RD, Cumming, GA 30041

Please check HolidayCannedGoodDrive.org, or www.FeedForsyth.org for a complete updated listing of participating locations and suggested food items to donate. For more information, contact info@feedforsyth.org or 678-807-9120

Forsyth Fire Begins Aerial’s House Toy Collection for Needy Children in December

Toy and clothing donations may be dropped off at fire stations, fire headquarters in Cumming, beginning in December, or any of the county’s library branches. (the details have not yet been announced for 2014 – I will update this when they do)

Give the Gift of Meals to Local Seniors This Holiday Season

Senior Services offers Home-Delivered Meals Gift Certificate Program

Help brighten the holiday season for Forsyth County home-bound senior citizens by participating in the 2014 Home-Delivered Meals Holiday Gift Certificate Program. Meals purchased with a holiday gift certificate through Forsyth County Senior Services will be delivered through the Meals on Wheels program.

Those interested in participating may choose to provide meals for a day, week, month or year. The cost is $3.61 for one meal, $18.05 for one week, $79.42 for one month, and $938.60 for the entire year. Gifts may be tax-deductible.  Checks should be made payable to Forsyth County Senior Services, Holiday Gift Certificate Program and may be mailed or delivered to the following address:

Forsyth County Senior Services
2115 Chloe Road
Cumming, GA 30041

All meals delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day will include a special certificate to wish happy holidays from the meal provider.  Senior Services has set a goal of delivering 4,000 meals to local senior citizens this holiday season.  For more information about this program, please call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

Senior Services Seeks Holiday Gift Angels for Community’s Senior Citizens

Annual Program helps bring holiday cheer to local seniors

Be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the 2014 Holiday Gift Angels Program. The program is presented by Forsyth County Senior Services.  The gift request tags from senior citizens are now available at the following Forsyth County Senior Services locations:

Center at Charles Place
595 Dahlonega Street
open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sexton Hall Enrichment Center
2115 Chloe Road
open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hearthstone Lodge Community Center
7305 Lanier Drive
open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each gift request tag contains the name of a local senior citizen along with a gift idea for him/her. Those participating in the program may deliver the unwrapped gift in a gift bag with the gift request tag attached (or another tag with the senior’s name and route number) to any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations weekdays until December 1.   Call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178 to receive additional information about the 2014 Holiday Gift Angels Program.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for January 31 – February 2, 2014

snow angelsWell, this week is certainly one for the Georgia history books. I hope that your families are safe and warm at home.

I also hope that we can somehow learn from this ice storm for the future. One bright spot was hearing about the amazing good samaritans that offered help to those in need. I am thankful for our local police, firefighters, teachers, churches, businesses and citizens, for that is what community is all about.

I know we are looking to venture out of the house this weekend! Here’s a roundup of things to do in Forsyth County. As always, please comment and share if you hear of any other events!

Friday, January 31

It’s the Chinese New Year! Year of the Horse. Here are some fun ideas to celebrate.

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library Preschool Pals story time for ages 3 – 5. These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.

12:00 – 5:00 pm & 7:00 – 11:00 pm – Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center is open for the snow day! They Say “Schools Closed” – We say “We’re Open.” Come on out and Let the good times Roll.

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Glazed & Fired opens. Today is the last day of our Buy 1 get 1 ½ off sale!

Saturday, February 1

Surf & Sun 5K and Fun Run to benefit Feed the Hungry Forsyth. Location: West Bank Park, 3227 Buford Dam RD, Cumming, GA. 7:30 am Check In and Late Registration opens, 8:30 am 5K starts, 9:30 am Fun Run Starts. Dress in your favorite surf and sun outfits! Prizes awarded. $25.00 registration.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB®: Crafty Valentine’s Day Bag Event. Sweet Stuff! Kids, craft a fun treat bag for Valentine’s Day. Join us on Saturday, February 1st, for our Crafty Valentine’s Day Bag Event. Just $2.00 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today.

11:00 am – Canvas for Kids at Uniquely Inspired$20+tax/child. Reservations required. Check our Facebook page for painting!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a super special shindig — The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition — on Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 am. Featuring a visit from the Elf, stories, activities and more!

11:15 am – 1:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Snow! Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Saturday Scavengers Story Time at Cumming Library. This 30 minute storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

6:30 pm – Georgia Tech vs. Georgia hockey at The Ice. Admission: $5.00, students $2.00. The Ice Skating and Ice Hockey Complex, 1345 Atlanta Hwy, Cumming, GA 30040 phone : 678-845-0103.

 

 

Surf and Sun 5K and Fun Run in Cumming, GA on February 1, 2014

SurfandSun2014The second annual Surf and Sun 5K and Fun Run will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at West Bank Park, 3227 Buford Dam Road in Cumming, GA.

This annual event benefits Feed the Hungry Forsyth. It’s a beach party in the middle of Winter. Great custom awards to the Overall male & female as well as the top 3 in each of the normal 5 year age groups 10 & under through 65+. Great long sleeve tech shirts to all participants registered by 1/27/2014. All registrations afterwards will receive a shirt while supplies last.

There will be great prizes for the people with the best surf outfits, so raid your closets for the best summer and sun-inspired clothes that you’ve got!

Race Day Schedule: 

 7:30 AM – Race day check-in and registration opens

 8:30 AM – 5K start

 9:30 AM – Fun Run Start

Registration: The fee is $25.00 and you can register online. 

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit food rescue organization collecting bread, meats, and other foods that restaurants and other businesses would normally throw away and delivering to food pantries that provide food to the hungry in our community.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 22 – November 24, 2013

bndfThe weekend is here and there are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA! School is out next week so enjoy the break with your family and check out what’s going on in the neighborhood.

Friday, November 22

Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Discovery Friday – Discover Member exclusives, incredible discounts and deals on Friday, November 22. Save on books, NOOK, toys, games, music, movies and more. Enjoy readings, performances and fun activities. A story time at 10:00 am – If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, 2:00 pm story time The Day the Crayons Quit. Author Janice Hardy will be signing from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Join us at 7:00 pm for a special reading of The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. Attention Harry Potter fans! Join us for a trivia contest from 6pm-7pm. Join Santa for “Elf on the Shelf” and illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba for “12 Days of Christmas in Georgia” from 7pm-8pm. Prizes, cookies and coloring contest are included in this very special event! Meet and greet local children’s and adult authors beginning at 6pm.

Saturday, November 23

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Opening Day – Kinsey Family Farm is now open for the holiday season! Pick out a tree, roast marshmallows and start a new tradition for your family.

10:00 am – Pike Nurseries – Need gift ideas? Check out the FREE hostess & teacher gift basket class. Your local garden experts have even more to offer you this season like gourmet goodies and decorations for the home, and now you can put it all into a beautiful gift basket. Join us for a free class to get ideas for creating personalized hostess and teacher’s gifts.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club. Kids, create a crafty handmade stocking for Christmas. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2.00 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time – The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Activity Storybook. They’re back — just in time for another holiday season! Join the Elves as they read The Elf on the Shelf. We will have fun activities and a snack!

2:30 pm – Turkey Tales story time at Post Road Library – A Thanksgiving story time. Celebrate Thanksgiving with special stories, songs and a puppet show. No registration is required.

Sunday, November 23

2:00 pm – Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library – A Princeton admissions officer takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. Register online for this free movie.

ALL WEEKEND

White Christmas is playing at the Cumming Playhouse. Seats are limited – check online or call for availability.

Kinsey Family Farm opening weekend! Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights!

GIVE BACK

Forsyth County Humane Society desperately seeks fosters for their sweet animals. Volunteers and donations also needed. Follow updates on their Facebook page.

23 Forsyth County, GA companies are participating in a canned food drive for Feed the Hungry Forsyth. Volunteers and donations also needed.

 

 

Surf and Sun 5K on February 2 to Benefit Feed the Hungry Forsyth

Surf and Sun 5K to benefit Feed the Hungry ForsythThe warm weather may not have arrived yet, but Feed the Hungry Forsyth is going to celebrate anyway by having a 5K run with some gentle rolling hills and a great beach theme. Grab your best pair of surf shorts and come out for some great fun for a great cause – providing food to the hungry in our community.

February 2, 2013 7:30am Check In and Late Registration opens / 8:30am Race Starts

Race Location: Cumming Towne Center, 2475 Market Place Blvd, Cumming, GA

Great custom awards to the overall male & female as well as the top 3 in each of the normal 5 year age groups. Great long sleeve shirts to all participants registered by January 27th. All registrations afterwards will receive a shirt while supplies last. There will also be a prize awarded for the people with the best surf outfits.

Register Online via Active.com: Surf and Sun 5K Run Registration or printout this registration form and mail it in.

Early registration fee: $25. Online Registration closes Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:59 PM PST

Event Organizer: FiveStar NTP Event Sponsors: Keyworth Bank, Teague & Chambless LLLP, Willis Chiropractic Center, and Zaxby’s

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit food rescue organization collecting bread, meats, and other foods that restaurants and other businesses would normally throw away and delivering to food pantries that provide food to the hungry in our community.

For more information, visit Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc. More details on race: Race information

 


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