Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ways you can help SNGA in October!

_SCD6763Greetings, everyone!

Our next volunteer day will be Sat., Oct. 5, from 9 to 12. We’ll be meeting at the warehouse to put together duffel bags full of toiletries for people experiencing homelessness. We’ll also be getting started (early!) on our holiday cards for SNGA supporters and taking inventory of toys and school supplies for My Birthday Matters. This SNGA program, which we launched over the summer, brings new birthday presents, school supplies and other useful items to homeless kids enrolled in the Marietta school system.

 Oct. 5 also marks the start of our fall toys and winter supplies donation drives! Please consider stopping by the warehouse on Oct. 5 to drop off winter items, and/or new toys and school supplies for My Birthday Matters!

For My Birthday Matters, we’re in greatest need of art supplies, board games, handheld electronic games such as “Bop It,” jewelry-and craft-making kits and generic sports equipment. We’re also making blankets for the kids, so we need bright-colored fleece—it would be great if people could donate two yards of print and two yards of solid—and lots of scissors and, especially, wrapping paper!

With regard to winter supplies, we’d like to collect blankets, sleeping bags, sheets, tarps, tents, camping supplies, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, candles, boots and long underwear to help those who live in the woods.

Oct. 5 also happens to be Hands on Atlanta Day. We’ll likely have a big turnout, and so it would be great to have some of our regulars at the warehouse to assist the HOA Day volunteers. (Kids 8 years old and older are welcome, but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.) If you plan on attending on Oct. 5, please let us know by emailing us at info@SimpleNeedsGA.org, or letting us know via the wall on our Facebook page.

We’ve got another volunteer day planned for Nov. 9, so mark your calendar. And of course, we’re planning a lot more for the coming year as well. Please visit this blog and our Facebook page for regular updates.

Thanks for your support of people in need!

Fire-displaced families get help via ‘Simple Household Needs’

All of us shudder at the thought of our homes burning to the ground, but imagine what low-income families go through after they are suddenly displaced by a fire.

Over the the past few months in Marietta, 47 adults and 24 children were forced out of their homes by a blaze that destroyed 15 units at the now-condemned Marquis Place apartments, and another fire heavily damaged the Ashley Mill apartments, displacing all residents of the 90 percent-occupied building.cleaning_products

But thanks to your support of Simple Needs GA, some of these families received help in the form of cleaning kits provided through our new Simple Household Needs program. The kits included items that many of us take for granted, such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toilet paper and other necessities. After assembling several dozen of the cleaning kits during a volunteer day at our warehouse, SNGA gave them to social workers in the Marietta school system, who distributed the kits to fire-displaced families with school-age children.

“With help from some great partners, we were able to provide some of these families with much-needed clothes, food and, thanks to Simple Needs GA, cleaning kits,” said social worker Kristin Hanfland. “It was nice to be able to add the cleaning kits to the food supplies we gave the families. Replacing, repairing and cleaning items can be a costly endeavor, and so the families were very appreciative to have the basic supplies needed to get started in their new locations.”

We occasionally assemble these kits during volunteer events at our warehouse in Marietta. For more information, email info@SimpleNeedsGA.org, or leave a note on our Facebook page. You can also support Simple Household Needs by making a financial contribution to SNGA. Each of the kits costs approximately $20, so a donation of just $100 can provide cleaning supplies to five families. To donate, use the PayPal link at SimpleNeedsGa.org, or send a check to:

Simple Needs GA, Inc.
P.O. Box 670265
Marietta, GA 30066

Thanks so much for your support of people in need!