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.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 5 – April 7, 2013

n ga quarter midget racingIt’s time to enjoy the last weekend of spring break for Forsyth County schools! Here’s a roundup of things to do in Cumming, GA this weekend.

Friday, April 5

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. –  Cumming Library – Animals Rescue 2.0 for Teens – Get educated about animal welfare and visit with certified therapy dogs. Presented by Humane Hearts.

1:15 pm – Teen Girls Self-Defense – Sharon Forks Library. Learn basic techniques for defending yourself and staying safe. Presented by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office. Registration required.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting a concert to benefit high needs clients in the Meals on Wheels program. The Air National Guard “Band of the South” will perform at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center. Sexton Hall Enrichment Center is located at 2115 Chloe Road, just off of Sharon Road between Peachtree Parkway and Old Atlanta Road. For more information, call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

Saturday, April 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a bird feeder!

  • FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
  • Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their bird feeder craft!

10:00 am – 11:30 am on the half hour – Michaels Kids Club – Earth Day Celebration – Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10AM – 11:30AM. See a store associate to join the fun!

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Thunder River Alpaca Company’s 3rd Annual Alpaca Shearing Day in Cumming, GA. It is free and children are welcome. This is a great event for families.Visit a farm, see their dogs, visit and touch and feed the alpacas and see them being shorn. You can even get a piece of fleece from the alpaca to take home.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble storytime at The Avenue Forsyth. It’s a Storytime all about poetry. Join us as we read some of our favorite poems. Great for all ages.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – North Georgia Quarter Midget Association– Cumming Fairgrounds – Quarter Midget Racing. Racing for kids! That is what you will find at the Bill Thomas Raceway located at the Cumming Fairgrounds, home of the North Georgia Quarter Midget Racing Association (NGQMA). Saturdays between March and November, you will find boys and girls, ages 5-16, take to the track, pedal to the metal. Race on over for some wheel to wheel action!  Admission is always free and concessions are available.

11:15 am – Hampton Park Library – Puppet Pizzazz – our favorite puppet show for all ages!

11:15 am – Sharon Forks Library – Stranger Danger –  Learn how to stay safe from strangers. Presented by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Ages 3 and up.

2:30 pm – Hampton Park Library – Edible Science – prepare to be amazed by the science behind the foods we eat! For grades K – 5.

Sunday, April 7

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Thunder River Alpaca Company’s 3rd Annual Alpaca Shearing Day in Cumming, GA. It is free and children are welcome. This is a great event for families.Visit a farm, see their dogs, visit and touch and feed the alpacas and see them being shorn. You can even get a piece of fleece from the alpaca to take home.

Breakfast with Santa in Forsyth County, GA on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Forsyth County Senior Services Hosting Breakfast with Santa.

Admission includes photo with Santa Claus and pancake breakfast .

Santa Claus is coming to the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center and Forsyth County Senior Services invites families to welcome him. Senior Services will host a Breakfast with Santa event to help celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 8 from 8 to 11 a.m.

The $10 per-person admission price will include a photo with Santa and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Free admission will be granted to children ages two and younger.   The Breakfast with Santa event is a fundraiser to support Forsyth County Senior Services’ programs, including the Meals on Wheels program.

“We are very excited to welcome Santa to Senior Services’ first Christmas breakfast event,” said Senior Services Director Michael Bohn. “It will be a great time for families to enjoy breakfast together, visit with Santa and celebrate the holiday season, all while supporting the many worthwhile programs provided by Senior Services.”

Families will be entertained with Christmas music throughout the event. After meeting with Santa and enjoying pancakes, children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa’s $1 Gift Shop where customized Christmas ornaments will be available for $1.

The $10 per-person admission can be paid at the door (no advance tickets will be sold). Sexton Hall Enrichment Center is located at 2115 Chloe Road, just off of Sharon Road between Peachtree Parkway and Old Atlanta Road.

For more information, call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.


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