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.