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.

 

3 Days of Hope at North Lanier Baptist Church from November 12 – November 14, 2015

3 days of hopeFrom November 12 through November 14, North Lanier Baptist Church is hosting 3 Days of Hope for the community of Forsyth County and Cumming GA.

The three day event offers free services to the community such as a dental clinic, a coat closet, medical screenings, vision screenings, haircuts & manicures and car oil changes.

Donations for the coat closet are now being accepted at the NLBC welcome center no later than November 8, 2015.

Volunteers are also needed at this event!

NEW! DENTAL CLINIC – Appointment Required
FREE fillings, extractions and cleaning provided at North Lanier Baptist Church by licensed professionals. Call 470.272.5183 to make an appointment for the pre-screening on Thursday, November 12. Phone lines are open Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm, beginning October 27.

NEW! COAT CLOSET – While Supplies Last
Free winter coats each day of 3 DAYS OF HOPE while supplies last.

MEDICAL SCREENING – Appointment Encouraged
Northside Hospital Forsyth will provide the following FREE screenings: non-fasting cholesterol and glucose; Blood pressure, medical weight, body mass index; Body composition using infrared technology; Osteoporosis screening (low level x-ray). These services will be provided at North Lanier Baptist Church. 9 am – 1 pm, Thursday and Saturday. Call 470.292.5984 to schedule an appointment. Phone lines are open Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm beginning October 27.

HAIRCUTS AND MANICURES – First Come, First Served
Provided for FREE at North Lanier Baptist Church. Thursday & Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

BASIC OIL CHANGE
Oil Changes will be provided for FREE at Community Partner locations in Forsyth County. Vouchers are required for these services and will be available at North Lanier Baptist Church during 3 DAYS OF HOPE. Oil changes are offered 10 am – 2 pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

VISION SCREENING
FREE Vision Screening will be provided at North Lanier Baptist Church by Forsyth County Lions Club. Friday, 11 am – 3 pm; Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.

For more information, contact:

North Lanier Baptist Church
829 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA 30040
770.781.5433 | info@northlanier.org

3 DAYS OF HOPE is a three day service project to our community. The vision of 3 DAYS OF HOPE is to reflect the heart of Christ by meeting needs and developing relationships within our community. We desire to serve all who are in need, but particularly single parent families and the elderly.

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.

 

Five For Five Earth Day Activities for Families

Guest Post By Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature Education Outreach Foundation 

Founded back in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide by more than 190 countries.

But what if every day could be Earth Day?

Here are 5 family friendly ways you can show your support for the environment and have fun doing it – together.

#1 – RECYCLE
Recycling saves trees, conserves energy, curbs water pollution, reduces landfills, and creates prosperity.

Paper Recycling Bins at Coal Mountain Convenience CenterForsyth County earned $60,000 in revenue from the recycling of plastics at convenience centers in 2012.

Annually Georgians bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in Georgia.

5 recyclable items used every day:
Glass
Paper
Steel
Aluminum
Plastic

#2 – COMPOST
Composting diverts waste from landfills, improves soil, is a free fertilizer, a superior alternative to chemical fertilizers, and is the best gift you can give your garden.

Composting at Haw Creek ES (640x478)

Composting at Haw Creek ES

Composting requires very little work and can be done in apartments to roof tops. There are over 80 things that can be composted!

5 compostable items:
Vegetables
Fruit
Eggshells
Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags

 

 

#3 – GROW
Growing your own vegetables is inexpensive, improves your health, connects family and friends, saves money, and is very rewarding.

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Cumming Elementary Dig in the Dirt Day… Shannon Archer, teacher, with her son, Patrick,
working on her classroom raised bed.

It’s also a great way to show yours kids where food comes from using the compost you make to fertilize your garden, and April just happens to be the best month to start a garden.

5 vegetables that can be grown easily:
Carrots
Beans
Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

#4 – VOLUNTEER
Volunteering helps you live longer, establishes strong relationships, is good for your career, is good for society, and gives you a sense of purpose.

Adopt A Road - SWC

Adopt A Road – SWC

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful holds many events, workshops, and programs yearlong. Consider making volunteering part of your life.

5 upcoming events and programs:
Mobile Trash Unit – April 24
Adopt-A-Road – All Year Long
Shore Sweeps – September 27
Recycle Electronics – May 3
AAS Workshops – April 26*
*Adopt-A-Stream Amphibian Workshop, Central Park

 

 

 

#5 – EXPLORE
Exploring the great outdoors can turn a frown upside down, makes children and families happier, makes you healthier, is educational, and is very relaxing.

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

There are many great places to get outside in Forsyth County. Many are free and provide an opportunity for you and your family to unplug, unwind, and explore nature together.

5 places to visit:
Lake Lanier
Sawnee Mountain
Cedar Hill Enrichment Center
Big Creek Greenway
Local Forsyth County Parks

 

This Earth Day make a commitment to being healthier and happier by picking 5 actions that you and your family can commit to.

You’ll reap the rewards this Earth Day and every day.

About Denise Carleton

Denise Carleton lives in Cumming with her husband two daughters. She is the founder of Reaping Nature Productions and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. She is also the Conservation Department Chair for Sawnee Woman’s Club and Race Director for the Five Points Challenge 5K. She has received awards for her environmental efforts from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. To learn more about Denise and Reaping Nature visit www.reapingnature.org and www.reapingnature.com. You can contact Denise by emailing her at info @ reapingnature. com.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 1 – November 3, 2013

treeHello November! There are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. From holiday craft shows to a farmers market to a river clean up, the calendar is brimming with ideas of fun family activities. As always, if you know of something going on in our neighborhood, please comment and share!

Friday, November 1

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Farmers Market at Vickery Village – There is a new farmers market in Cumming, GA! Come stock up for the weekend on farm fresh produce, local meats, poultry, and eggs as well as local artisan products such as bread, cheese, jellies, probiotic drinks, soaps and more. Also, order fresh wild caught seafood for delivery at the market from Tom’s Awesome Seafood.
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Kids Night Out – Uniquely Inspired – Join us for a Popcorn filled Night. Paint a popcorn bowl, Popcorn/movie crafts
Enjoy some popcorn and a juice box, $28+tax/child $25+tax for sibling. Reservations & Prepayment Required. Sign up for both KNO & Canvas for Kids Receive $5 OFF. Call 678-947-5499 to Reserve your seat(s)
Saturday, November 2 – Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour for daylight savings time when you go to bed!
8:30 am – 1:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop for age 1- and under so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Rivers Alive Cleanup – Mary Alice Park, Cumming, GA. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) is seeking volunteers to help clean local waterways. The 2013 Rivers Alive Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, at 9 a.m. and KFCB encourages families, scout troops and organizations to volunteer for the annual waterway cleanup event. Volunteer teams can register for the event by calling KFCB at 770.205.4573 or by sending an email to kfcb @ forsythco.com. The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 30. Volunteers will meet at Mary Alice Park (1820 Mary Alice Park Road in Cumming) at 9 a.m. on November 3 to gather supplies. Volunteers will proceed to clean as many lake, river and wetland locations as possible before returning to Mary Alice Park for lunch.  To receive additional information about the 2013 Rivers Alive Cleanup, call KFCB at 770.205.4573.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop. Come build The Home Depot’s spectacular Tabletop Ship!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
10:00 am – 11:30 am – Michaels KIDS CLUB®: Thanksgiving Handcrafted Turkey – Kids, make a playful craft turkey with your hands… literally! Join us on Saturday, November 2nd, from 10-11:30am, for our happy Thanksgiving Handcrafted Turkey Event. $2
11:00 am Canvas 4 Kids – Uniquely Inspired – Paint a Robot. They will be shown step by step how to create a robot on canvas, $20+tax/child (all supplies included) Reservations and Prepayment Required, Call 678-947-5499 to Reserve your seat(s)
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time – Join us for a fun Storytime all about Pete the Cat! Great for all ages!
11:00 am – North Georgia Quarter Midget Kids Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds – 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!  Admisison is always free and concessions are available.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Stop by the Kickin’ Chicken table on Sundays in the Atrium before and after worship services or at the event to purchase your tickets for the Annual Women’s Ministry Kickin’ Chicken. Ticket purchase will allow free admission to the MOPS Holiday Showcase. Tickets are $8 with a choice of either a succulent pulled BBQ chicken sandwich or a delicious bowl of homemade chicken chili. Both options will be served as a meal with sides and a drink. New this year, chicken chili “to go” by the quart – $12!
9:00 am – Bethlehem Baptist Church for our annual Fall Bazaar on November 2nd! We will have a silent auction, cake walk, and a country store loaded with crafts, holiday decorations, gifts, canned and homemade goods! We will serve hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, and we will have smoked chicken plates for supper. Everyone welcome! Bethlehem Baptist Church 5528 Post Road, Cumming, Ga 30040.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 2 – November 4, 2012

fall leavesWelcome November! There are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. From holiday craft shows to a pumpkin palooza festival, the calendar is brimming with ideas of fun family activities. As always, if you know of something going on in our neighborhood, please comment and share!

Friday, November 2

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 3

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Christmas Bazaar at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy, Cumming, GA  30040. Join us for breakfast and lunch at the Mountainside Cafe while you come shop early for Christmas. Enjoy our beautiful handmade crafts, gifts, and decorations, a special children’s shop (no adult allowed), select from hundreds of baked goods, and more!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Rivers Alive. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) is seeking volunteers to help clean local waterways. The 2012 Rivers Alive Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, at 9 a.m. and KFCB encourages families, scout troops and organizations to volunteer for the annual waterway cleanup event. Volunteer teams can register for the event by calling KFCB at 770.205.4573 or by sending an email to kfcb@forsythco.com. The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 30. Volunteers will meet at Mary Alice Park (1820 Mary Alice Park Road in Cumming) at 9 a.m. on November 3 to gather supplies. Volunteers will proceed to clean as many lake, river and wetland locations as possible before returning to Mary Alice Park for lunch.  To receive additional information about the 2012 Rivers Alive Cleanup, call KFCB at 770.205.4573.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot kids workshop on Marketplace Blvd., Cumming, GA – Build a turkey napkin holder for the holidays!

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Pumpkin Palooza at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center in Cumming, GA. Pumpkin Palooza will feature a variety of live music and entertainment for the entire family including arts and crafts, food, inflatables and more. A Chunkin’ Pumpkin contest will begin at 11 a.m. for different age groups and there will also be a scavenger hunt. Winners from the contest and scavenger hunt will receive a Pumpkin Palooza T-shirt.  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.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth Storytime – Who Wants to Be President? Join us for a storytime about the U.S. Presidents.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Stop by the Kickin’ Chicken table on Sundays in the Atrium before and after worship services or at the event to purchase your tickets for the Annual Women’s Ministry Kickin’ Chicken. Ticket purchase will allow free admission to the MOPS Holiday Showcase. Tickets are $7 with a choice of either a succulent pulled BBQ chicken sandwich or a delicious bowl of homemade chicken chili. Both options will be served as a meal with sides and a drink.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Quarter Midget Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds -The North Georgia Quarter Midget Association welcomes you and your family to come out and watch the races. Admission is free; we have concessions and plenty of excitement for the whole family. Quarter Midget Racing is a family oriented sport for children ages 5 to 16. Children race in Quarter Midget cars that are a scaled-down (approximately 1/4 scale) version of an actual midget-racecar on oval tracks that are approximately 1/20th of a mile.

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

Thrift Stores in Forsyth County – Shopping for a Cause.

humane society of forsyth county thrift storeI recently donated some kids clothing and toys to the Humane Society of Forsyth County’s new thrift store. It is located off Ga. 20 in a strip mall near the Publix and Big Lots. They take donations of household items, goods, clothing, furniture, and more.

I went in to shop and was surprised at the size of the store and wide selection of items. It is run by volunteers of the Humane Society of Forsyth County and all proceeds go to help the animals at this shelter. It was rewarding to donate and shop at this neat thrift store knowing that I was helping this wonderful no-kill animal shelter.

Here is a list of other thrift stores in Forsyth County that help a cause:

Humane Society of Forsyth County Thrift Store – 168 Tri-County Plaza, Cumming, Georgia. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Donations are accepted 10:00am to 5:00pm  Monday-Saturday. If you have furniture or large items please call 770-886-5806 to schedule a pick up.

Abba House Thrift Stores in Silver City 6800 Dahlonega Highway Cumming, Ga 30028, and Dawsonville at 243 Stowers Road E Dawsonville, Ga 30534. Abba House Thrift Store location hours are Monday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:45pm. At Abba House, their ministries are focused on “helping broken women be made whole” by helping them break free from addiction and abuse.

The PIER Thrift Store & Consignment Center provides individuals with disabilities work experience, thereby enabling them to discover and develop their unique capabilities and potential, and to help them achieve the highest degree of independence and the best quality of life possible. Located at 5185 Browns Bridge Rd. Cumming, GA 30041 & 1862 Buford Highway in Cumming. Open Tuesday-Saturday – 10:00-6:00 P.M.

Family Haven Thrift Store is located at 598 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Cumming, GA 30040. Forsyth County Family Haven’s Thrift Store serves two very unique and vital functions for our organization. Victims of violence and their families are offered vouchers to shop in our store and obtain the items that they need free of charge. The vouchers enable individuals to select clothing for themselves and for their children, household items such as coffemakers and dishes, and furniture items like couches and chairs to assist them as they move into their self-supportive housing. Secondly, our thrift store is open to the public after our clients have selected the items that they need. The funds that are obtained from sales to the public go into the operating fund for Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc. Hours are 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturdays. Donations welcome.

No Longer Bound Thrift Store is located at 315 Dahlonega Hwy in downtown Cumming, Ga.  We offer an upscale retail environment offering a wide variety of affordably priced inventory for your shopping pleasure. No Longer Bound Resale is a non-profit industry of the men’s regeneration program, No Longer Bound. To learn a little more about our program and about how lives are saved, check out our main page at www.nolongerbound.com. Open Mondays – Saturdays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The Place of Forsyth County Thrift Store – 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, GA 30040. The Place is a nonprofit Social Service Organization that has been serving Forsyth County families in difficult times since 1975 with emergency basic needs.

Thrift Store

Monday – Thursday       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday       9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Donations – Drop off in the back of the building
Monday – Saturday          9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Food for Thought Project – An Ongoing Community-Based Food Drive in Forsyth County, GA

Food for Thought ProjectLooking to give back to the community? Want to help the needy?

Thanks to two local families, Forsyth County now has Food for Thought Project, a community-based ongoing food drive that residents are supporting in growing numbers. The number of families is currently at 426 supporting the drive and has collected a total of 16,232 lb. since they formed in June 2011.

The concept is simple, sign up for free and you will receive an orange shopping bag. Simply buy an extra item or two every time you go grocery shopping, put it in the bag and on the second Saturday of every other month, hang the bag outside your front door for pickup.

Volunteers pick up the bags, sort them at a storage facility and distribute among local food pantries at local churches and organizations.

Looking to help even more? Volunteers are also needed to pick up food as well as sort and distribute.

Mia’s Pizza and Eats is also supporting the Food for Thought drive. Bring in a canned item for the Food for Thought food drive and they will donate 10% of your meal to the project.


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