Update and volunteer day!

Hi Everyone!
We just wanted to give you an update on some of the latest happenings at Simple Needs GA, including some new programs for homeless/disadvantaged children and their families!
• For starters, our next volunteer day is Sat., April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at our Marietta warehouse. This will be the kickoff for our new Simple Household Needs program. Volunteers will put together care packages with cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toilet paper and other necessities for needy families. We’ll also be packing duffel bags filled with full-sized toiletries for people experiencing homelessness. If you plan to join us or have questions, email us at info@SimpleNeedsGA.org. Children eight and older are encouraged to help out with their families!
• Coming soon: This summer (date and location TBD), we’ll be holding our inaugural fundraiser—a bowling event—for My Birthday Matters, our new children’s program which aims to help brighten the birthdays of kids experiencing homelessness in Cobb by providing presents, parties and simple necessities. Details to be announced, but we encourage you to join us and bring a gift for a child—things like soccer balls, footballs, books and games. In exchange for your donation, you will receive raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes.
• Far too many children never have the uplifting experience of heading to school wearing a pair of new, well-fitting shoes. Donating a gift card of $25 from Walmart or Payless Shoes is another great way to help children in need. Please consider supporting our new shoe program by mailing a gift card to SNGA at P.O. Box 670265, Marietta, GA 30066. Or bring the card(s) to one of our events such as our bowling event!
• If you’d like to connect with SNGA in other ways, consider “liking” us on our Facebook page and subscribing to this blog. We’re always looking for corporate and other sponsors to help us assist those in need. You can make a fantastic contribution to SNGA simply by sharing links to this site and our blog and Facebook posts with your own network of colleagues and friends. You can also support us by using Goodsearch.com. Enter “Simple Needs GA” as your charity of choice, then every search you make turns into a donation to SNGA!
Lastly, we’re still getting inquiries about our furniture program. Unfortunately, we were forced to discontinue this in June 2012 when we lost our donated warehouse space, after two years of helping more than 325 individuals and families. At some point, we may consider reestablishing that program.
Thanks so much for your support of those in need!
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About Joel Groover

I started covering the shopping center industry in 1999 for Shopping Center World (later, Retail Traffic). Today, I'm the Atlanta-based contributing editor for Shopping Centers Today, the monthly magazine published by the International Council of Shopping Centers trade association. I earned my journalism degree from The University of Georgia and, among other publications, have worked for The Marietta Daily Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Art & Antiques. I became a full-time freelancer in 2003. In addition to writing monthly cover stories and other features on retail real estate, I write and edit press releases, corporate newsletter articles, annual reports, byline pieces and website copy for a variety of PR and corporate clients. I live in Marietta, Ga., with my wonderful wife, Susan, and my 13-year-old identical twin boys, Andrew and Benjamin.

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