‘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!

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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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