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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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including you all – my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped you to create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family so there won’t be a weekend update.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area in the meantime. See you next week!

Jenni

Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some Thanksgiving placemats, mad libs and other printable fun stuff for the kids as you celebrate.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 27, 2016 at The Collection Forsyth

Community Thanksgiving Dinners in Forsyth County, GA

Holiday Events in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2016

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County, GA for 2016

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family so there won’t be a weekend update.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area in the meantime. See you next week!

Jenni

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 28, 2015 at The Collection Forsyth

One of our favorite things to do in Forsyth County, GA is to celebrate the holidays at fun, free family events like Santa’s Arrival and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Collection Forsyth.

Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth

Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a storytime, carriage rides, live holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm. *Please note Santa will not be available for pictures at this event.

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2015

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

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA

Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some Thanksgiving placemats, mad libs and other printable fun stuff for the kids as you celebrate.

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 in Cumming, GA for December 19 – December 21, 2014

the collection forsyth santaWe are in full holiday season swing! Whether you are traveling or staying home for the holidays, I hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family.

Here is a roundup of weekend events in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, December 19

11:15 am – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Hampton Park Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

1:15 pm – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Hampton Park Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special story time. Join us for a special Holiday Storytime on Friday, December 19 at 7:00 pm featuring holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas. Kids, come in your PJs for stories and fun.

Saturday, December 20

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a Hanukah Storytime featuring Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie. It’s Honeyky Hanukah time! A fun story celebrating Hanukah with accompanying CD.

11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:15 p.m. – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Post Road Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sharon Forks Library. Teen Coffee House – Are you a teen who loves to perform? Or love to listen and see original art? Bring writing, art, songs, and more to share, or just come on in to hang out with your friends. Coffee and treats will be served. All teens welcome!

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

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

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 18 – 21, 2014

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 12 – December 14, 2014

Lots of fun holiday events are on tap this weekend in Forsyth County, GA! Check out the list of festive things to do and enjoy your weekend!

Christmas in CummingFriday, December 12

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Christmas in Cumming Schedule
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 12th at 4 PM – 10 PM.
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 12th at 6 PM – 9 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00, Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 12th at 7 PM – 10 PM

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition special story time. Join us for The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Storytime and Elf Adoption Event. This holiday season, begin a new family tradition – We will have a special visit from Santa himself!

Saturday, December 13

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Christmas in Cumming Schedule
Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 2 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00, Children 12 and under……..Free

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Save the Horses Holiday EventSave the Grinch! We’re in a Pinch! Help Us Find The Grinch! One of our volunteers has spotted The Grinch in our barn, and we need to get him out! Join us in our search for the Grinch by dropping in anytime Saturday Dec 13 between 11am – 4pm. If you find a Grinch, you’ll be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a weekend night at the Westin Peachtree, complete with dinner & valet parking. Runner-up receives a 2-hour trail ride w/ lunch ($100 value) at Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, GA! Come and hear the live 80’s band, The Retro Rock-its.

There is fun for the entire family!

> Grinch Scavenger Hunt
> Light buffet & music
> Pin the Heart on the Grinch (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
> Grinch ornament-making
> Roasting hot dogs & s’mores
> Vendors (buy unique holiday gifts)
> STH t-shirts available to purchase
> Pony rides for $3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Cute yarn snowman canvas. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Lowe’s Build & Grow special holiday edition. Holiday train engine! The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? story time. Join us as we find out what kind of mischief our favorite dinosaurs get into while preparing for Christmas.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sensitive Santa at Hampton Park Library – registration required. Parents of children with sensory or other special needs can sign their children up to visit Santa for a 10-minute session. This gives the child time to get familiar with Santa and warm up to the idea of sitting on his lap or talking to him, rather than being rushed through the visit.

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

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

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 18 – 21, 2014

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 5 – December 7, 2014

little mill middle school holiday festivalThe weekend brings lots of fun holiday events in Forsyth County, GA! Here is a roundup of things to do this weekend. As always, please comment and share any other events that you hear about.

Friday, December 5

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Play Day. Join us for a morning of playing and learning! This program will have fun, engaging activities specifically designed to help support early literacy. This program is suggested for children 5 and under, with a caregiver. Registration recommended.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Festival of Lights at Northside Hospital Forsyth. MarketPlace Christmas – Celebration of Lights, Jingle Jog and Christmas Parade – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Polar Express Holiday Storytime. Join us on December 5 at 7:00 pm for our annual Polar Express Storytime. The Polar Express will be read, along with some activities. Kids can come in their PJs, too!

Saturday, December 6

7:30 am – 12:00 pm – MarketPlace Christmas – Jingle Jog and Christmas Parade. Saturday participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. Then kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Holiday Bazaar at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs, 2830 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming, GA 30041. We have over 25 vendors selling unique items; educational board games, hand crafted jewelry, jams, holiday decor, and much more!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – German Christmas Market at South Forsyth High School. South Forsyth High School will hold this year’s German Christmas Market on Saturday, December 6 from 9am to noon at the East Hall Cafeteria. This popular annual event has high school students teach younger kids seasonal arts and crafts. There will be about 20 arts and crafts stations where children and their families can decorate ornaments, build ginger bread houses, have their faces painted, etc. This is a free community event for families sponsored by the German program at SFHS.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Happy Holiday Elves. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us as we ready Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. *ALSO – Educators from pre-K through 12 are invited to a special holiday shopping event on Saturday, December 6. Educators will receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases. Don’t miss out on special offers! Check your local store for more details.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Little Mill Middle School Holiday Festival. Start your holiday shopping this Saturday Dec 6th from 1-5pm and support LMMS PTSA as they hold theirr 2nd Annual Holiday Festival. Admission is FREE.  We will have over 50 vendors from you to shop from.  Our Beta Kids will offer Gift Wrapping for a Donation. Vendor raffles throughout the festival – win an iPad Mini, gift basket, gift cards and much more! 6800 Little Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30041. Call for more information: 678.965.5000.

* Face Painting
* Cake Walk
* Archery
* Bouncy House
* Holiday Ornament Craft Sponsored by 7th Grade
* Spin Art Sponsored by 8th Grade
* Food – BBQ, Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda & Cotton Candy

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

Sunday, December 7

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Hobby Share Fair at the Cumming Library. Have a hobby you love?  Want to share?  Join us for a very special holiday edition of Hobby Share Fair, featuring a wide variety of hobbies from artists, entertainers and craftsmen from the local area!

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Special holiday show. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon! Meet Santa on Sunday from Noon to 3:00 pm!

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

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

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area. See you next week!

Jenni

Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage Rides

Saturdays, November 29 – December 20 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

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

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.

 

Giving Back: SAFFT Needs Forsyth County Community Help

SAFFT in Forsyth County, GAI just visited the lovely people at SAFFT, Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together. I donated a bag of stuffed animals for the foster children. They were so thankful and I know my girls will be happy that they will bring smiles to foster children in Forsyth County, GA.

My friend has adopted two children and is active with this nonprofit, so I had recently heard of them. I took a tour of SAFFT and learned more about the organization. They offer supervised visitation for foster children and their families. They have an art room, a play room and a backyard with toys.

“The SAFFT Family Visitation and Community Center is located in Cumming, Georgia. This supervised visitation center offers services such as parenting classes, case management, and supervised visitation. Our center works directly with the Juvenile Court, CASA, GALs, and the Department of Family and Children Services. All visits are video surveillanced and documentation of the visits are provided to the parties involved in the cases. Referrals are accepted directly from the Juvenile Court, Superior Court, and DFCS staff.”

I have a Junior Girl Scout troop and I asked them what kind of help and support that they needed from the community. They gave me a wish list and ideas for their upcoming open house, parents night out (they need volunteers), monthly craft sponsors, snack bag donations and more.

So, how can we as a community help?

  • You can give money.
  • You can donate items – provide diapers and wipes, paper towels, paper plates & cups, disenfectant wipes, art supplies, stuffed animals, toys, crafts, games, backyard toys and more.
  • You can volunteer – they have many events in the community and have an open house coming up soon. For more information, contact the SAFFT office.

Give them a call – they would be happy to hear from you!

Here is their story:

“In 2008, two foster parents in Forsyth County, deeply affected by a tough situation fostering a child, felt lost, burnt out, unsupported, and unsure about whether they should continue fostering or give up. They felt that they were traveling this journey called “fostering” alone. So, they decided to start a support group for foster and adoptive families. The group initially began meeting on a monthly basis at the local public library and started to support one another. Quickly, the community started to rally around our group and volunteers began providing child care for our support group meetings. This allowed everyone to participate and for the first time the foster children could begin interacting and fellowshipping with others like themselves. A monthly “Parent Night Out” program was established which enabled more contact between the children in care and provided a break for the families that care for them so often. After just a few meetings, the founders decided to form a board of directors.

SAFFT began supporting multiple programs including a child resource closet,  scholarships for foster and adoptive children to participate in extracurricular activities, a monthly “Parent Night Out”, social and support group meetings, as well as constant awareness and trainings. In June of 2010 SAFFT opened the Community & Family Visitation Center located in Cumming, GA. The vision for this center was to provide families a safe, uniquely comfortable, reassuring, and accessible homelike environment in which a structured, neutral alternative to unsupervised visitation can take place. This supervised visitation is the provision and maintenance of a safe, neutral setting in which the contact between a child (ren) and an adult (usually a parent) can be monitored by personnel able to protect the rights and safety of all involved.  The SAFFT Family Visitation & Community Center also offers an individualized, needs based parenting curriculum to enhance a caretaker’s ability to provide a nurturing and structured home environment. This parenting curriculum satisfies Juvenile Court and Department of Family & Children Services court ordered parenting requirements.

The Center now serves hundreds of people a year. SAFFT continues to launch new and unique programs with the goal to serve our families in the most need and help support those loving caregivers who provide a temporary or permanent home for children in broken families. The board of directors still includes some of the original founding board members and the original co-founders of the organization.”

The SAFFT Family Visitation & Community Center schedules supervised visitation and parenting services between the days and hours as follows:

    • Tuesday-Friday   10am-7pm
    • Saturday 9am-4pm
    • CLOSED Sundays and Mondays

Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc., 608 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Cumming, GA 30040 Office: (770) 886-9505


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