Monthly Archives: March 2014

What a great month for SNGA!

While at a local emergency shelter on March 21, Simple Needs GA founder Brenda Rhodes got into a conversation with one of the residents who had received a blue duffel bag packed with full-sized toiletries provided by SNGA’s donors and volunteers. “He said the bag was very useful and appreciated, because many of the residents don’t have anything but garbage bags in which to put their belongings,” Benda said. “He added that this donation was different than other things just dropped off. It was obvious that we put thought into the bags.”

Through your financial contributions, in-kind donations and willingness to volunteer, you make it possible for SNGA to brighten the lives of people facing circumstances many of us could hardly imagine. Thanks so much for all your help!

Below is an update on some of the tremendous support we have received over the past month alone. BTW, you might recall that an anonymous donor pledged to match any donation provided to SNGA in the month of March (up to a total of $2,500). If you were planning to make a contribution, there’s one week left in our “March Madness” campaign!

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March 15 volunteers

On March 15, we had an incredible volunteer day. A total of 45 people from all over metro Atlanta helped us pack 320 toiletries bags, assemble shelves, put together a birthday package for a homeless child, organize our My Birthday Matters storage area, take inventory and more.

“We had a lot of household donations, many of which will go to the Cobb/Douglas Community Service Board, which helps people get set up in apartments,” Brenda said. A few volunteers even came on Friday night to help SNGA get the warehouse ready for the volunteer day. The eclectic group included experienced SNGA volunteers and members of local churches, high schools, MUST Ministries, Family Promise, JLL Atlanta and IBM. A family of five, who had discovered SNGA online, came to volunteer, and another couple popped by for a tour of the warehouse after connecting with Brenda on Facebook. “They came by for just a tour at 11:30 and then ended up volunteering with us until 1:30!” Brenda said. “Our last donation came in at 1:20! We ended up with some great household donations. I cannot thank everyone enough for all their hard work and energy and the great ‘vibe’!”

Then on March 19, more than 100 volunteers from JLL Atlanta put together more than 300 duffel bags for us, assembled 18 no-sew blankets for My Birthday Matters, and even drove the bags from JLL Atlanta’s office in Buckhead to our Marietta warehouse. Click here to see our press release on JLL Atlanta’s important contribution to SNGA.IMG_1827

Earlier this year, JLL Atlanta ordered and paid for $4,700 worth of supplies for SNGA’s toiletries program. Largely as a result of this, we have been able to expand our program and deliver full-sized toiletries to more than 300 additional shelter residents at Family Promise of Cobb CountyThe Extension, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia and Zion Keepers!

“Thanks for donating care packs to assist homeless veterans,” wrote Cassandra Lawson of Zion Keepers, on SNGA’s Facebook page. “Being that many of them come in with nothing, you have absolutely met the needs of many! God Bless!”

What a great March indeed! Thanks so much for your support of people in need!

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‘March Madness’ at SNGA

“Today is my daughter’s birthday. She is nine years old and is really excited and extremely happy on her day. As a parent, I am in tears, because this is so important to a child. It’s absolutely great that there are others who care!”

Simple Needs GA received this heartfelt thank-you letter last month from the parent of a student at Sawyer Road Elementary. This family was the latest to benefit from SNGA’s My Birthday Matters program, which brings items such as brand-new toys, school supplies, no-sew blankets, and cupcakes and candles to disadvantaged schoolchildren celebrating their birthdays. It’s just one example of how your financial contribution to SNGA can make a real difference in the lives of people in need.

We also wanted to tell you about an exciting opportunity to do even more good in your community: Recently, an anonymous donor approached SNGA and offered to match the size of any donation made (up to $2,500 total) during the month of March! That’s right—this incredibly generous individual has pledged to double your gift. We’re calling it March Madness!

(If you’d like to donate now, just click here.)

You could even score a “three pointer”: By some estimates, 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies match donations made by their employees. That means there’s a chance your employer could triple your donation by matching your gift as well. Just contact your HR department to find out about any available matching program.b099Sports-Basketball

Some other quick updates:

1. Next Volunteer Day: On Sat., March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’ll be meeting at our location in Marietta to pack duffel bags of full-sized toiletries for people in need. Thanks to your previous donations, we are excited to expand our duffel project to add four new shelters—Family Promise of Cobb County, the Extension, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia and Zion Keepers—so we need all the volunteers we can get! Let us know if you can help. (The minimum age to volunteer with us is 8; anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Just email info@simpleneedsga.org to sign up and receive further details.

2. Needed Items (can be dropped off on March 15): We continue to get lots of requests for basic necessities—especially things that can help people get their start in a new home. If you have any small household items such as towels, sheets (marked with size), countertop appliances, items for the kitchen or bath, etc., please bring them with you on March 15. (You can drop them off if you can’t volunteer.) In addition, we need fleece (1.5 yards of a pattern and 1.5 yards of a matching color) or no-sew blanket kits, birthday candles and new underwear for kids. Lastly, we will be collecting donations of pet food to support The Pet Pantry, a community service project started by a high school student to support the pets of families who rely on food pantries.

3. SNGA Teams with Kroger: Just by swiping your Kroger Plus card, you can generate donations for SNGA—without losing any of your existing discounts or rewards. Just click on our press release for more info!

Thanks for your support of people in need!