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!

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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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