Support Clayton and beyond this Christmas

This time of year there are many worthy causes vying for your contributions to help the less fortunate. One local group, who could use assistance year-round  is Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG), which serves 150 Clayton county families. The program is in great need of gifts for teenagers.

“My family has been truly blessed through the aid of Kinship Care,” says Mary Davis, who has raised her granddaughter since age four. Davis also gives back to the program by volunteering as an evening support group facilitator, serving as a council member, and teaching a class called Through the Eyes of a Child.  Take your donations to 849 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro 30236 or call 770.477.3417.

Donations will be accepted until December 16 for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners’ toy drive for underprivileged children (ages 6 months–12 years old). Countywide drop off locations include all Clayton County Fire stations, Parks and Recreations facilities, and the BOC office (112 Smith Street, Jonesboro).

There are also several organizations sending care packages, Christmas greetings, and overall messages of support to our troops overseas.

Operation Gratitude’s mission is “. . . to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual [troops] deployed in harm’s way.” Items such as food, hygiene products, entertainment items, personal letters of appreciation, wishes of love and support, and of course cash donations, are accepted.

You could also use Operation Care Package’s supply list as a guide to some of the items troops want and need or give through the Any Soldier program which began as an effort to help troops who didn’t receive much mail.

Remember that nothing can be addressed to “any soldier” due to security concerns, the U.S. Postal Service will either discard it or return to sender.

Finally, you can always contribute your time with Hosea Feed the Hungry.

17 comments Add your comment

pip

December 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

all worthy of our time and efforts and donations. I would caution – that Toys For Tots would be a far more trustworthy group to distribute toys to deserving younsters – than would be our untrusyworthy BOC members.

kallen

December 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Ok I know folks have issues with our BOC but come on now I can’t believe they’d take toys from underprivileged kids.

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Clayton resident

December 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

I did Hosea feed the hungry a few years back and what a great feeling to be able to help someone else in that way. Its also humbling since most of us are one pay check away from the Hosea food line.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 13th, 2010
3:32 pm

Its very commendable to see others in Clayton County, spreading the unselfish acts that is only publicized at Christmas time. Most of our care givers to humanity, perform these acts 360 days year.
Thank You “Clayton resident” !

LOL!

December 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

Before you try to diss others for their unselfish acts or lack thereof just so you know there are 365 days in a year LOL!

pip

December 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

no, the Boc is not cold-hearted – and I believe their hearts are in the right place when it comes to children. They would surely get the toys to the underprivileged – their idea of underprivileged.

Thank You Kimberly

December 13th, 2010
6:10 pm

Thank you, Kimberly for always listing and giving the names of worthy charities and organizations for people to contribute our monies to, especially during this Christmas Season 2010.

In your blog topic of the week, you listed over five charities and organizations that are worthy of our contributions and monetary giving.

I have always contributed money to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless and to the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners toy drive for underprivileged children and will continue to do so.

Also, congradulations for winning the 2010 M.E. “Mike” Glanton Sr. Servant Leadership Award and Scholarship.

It is a well deserved honor for you and you are truly deserving of this award and scholarship because of your many positive contributions to Clayton County and its residents, especially evident with your blog topic for the week dedicated to helping the underpriviledge, underserved, and unfortunate people and children not only in this county, but beyond who have fallen on hard times, had misfortune and negative circumstances happen in their lives that caused them to need outside help and assistance.

Thank you again Kimberly for all that you do to help the citizens and residents of Clayton County and for being a positive, uplifting, and encouraging “light” in this county.

Jus Sayin

December 13th, 2010
8:05 pm

Giving is alway good. Let’s hope the giving will continue throughout the year to come. The few rich is holding masses of sc-called middle class and working and nonworking poor “hostage”. Great job for the BOC and BOE food drive. Forget the naysayers!

I can handle the truth

December 13th, 2010
9:27 pm

Kim,

Well, you never know. Someone just got busted touching da $$$$$…(and that kid went HA HAW!)
LOL!

Nospin

December 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Don’t forget the Salvation Army. If your house burns, you will see how great they are. They also provide food, shelter, etc.. I donate to them regular after I found out how much they helped out in hurricane disaster areas.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

Many underprivileged families seek assistance from local Churches in our communities. There are various organizations that distributes to the masses, but the local Churches often provides assistance for the local families.
Its not very difficult to find a family in need, in our county and there should not be an excuse to send them elsewhere for help.
Open your hearts and your generosity to everyone, with an opened hand of kindness.

Ghost of Christmas Past

December 15th, 2010
12:30 am

Kim, this thread is very seasonal and appropriate, the theme “Giving” is above all what God wants to see. However, your usual “Naysayers”, only want to “degrade and vilify” those that they themselves has causes to become destitute, impoverished, needy, insolvent, on the breadline, penniless. Many of them claim to be residents of Clayton for 30-60 years ago; they know and have felt the results of the fruits of their labor; both “directly and indirectly” of impartiality and unfairness. Now, its the end of 2010; get over yourselves! Blessing and Seasons Greeting!

say what?

December 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

thank you for attempting to keep this blog positive. There are so many groups and agencies in need of resources to services the populations of Clayton County. If we took the time to help our family and friends, perhaps these programs would not be so burdened. Either way, donating to a group or helping a relative/friend directly, is what community does.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 15th, 2010
5:26 pm

Ghost of Christmas Past (( Many of them claim to be residents of Clayton for 30-60 years ago; they know and have felt the results of the fruits of their labor; both “directly and indirectly” of impartiality and unfairness. Now, its the end of 2010; get over yourselves! Blessing and Seasons Greeting! ))

Clayton County has always been a working class environment and nobody should forget the fact that their layoffs, job shortages, businesses closings and pay cuts are part of their own lives; especially at Christmas.
Being a working class resident of Clayton County “for 30-60 years ago”, I can write a book about my own hardships and I can relate to those families in dire needs, at this time of year.

Lyn

December 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

Lyn

December 15th, 2010
6:59 pm

Don’t own a dog if you’re going to pen it outdoors,7 days a week,365 days a year without attention.