Thanks to the volunteers from Foresters!

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Greetings, all.

We wanted to give a big ‘shout out’ to the awesome volunteers from Foresters, the not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, who on Aug. 23 braved some seriously hot weather to put together nearly 150 birthday kits for our My Birthday Matters program.

As Foresters members came to enjoy a day at Six Flags, they took time to make birthday cards for the kids and put together the care packages, which included things like coloring books, crayons, markers, cards, and underwear.

Jessica Heidish, Foresters’ Member Coordinator, read about Simple Needs GA in the newspaper and felt My Birthday Matters was a good fit for the organization’s mission–namely to champion family well-being by supporting charities that benefit families.

Local Foresters member Cleo Sloan said the volunteer event was a rewarding day.

“It was a really great experience working with SNGA during our Foresters Family Day Event at Six Flags,” Cleo said. “Being presented with the opportunity to create awareness and assist in providing school supplies and basic needs supplies for young girls within the Marietta City School System battling homelessness, really enlightened our members as well as their family members about the difference that we can make within our community. It takes working with organizations like SNGA to remind us of how a kind and simple act (assembling care packages or creating hand-made birthday cards) can positively impact someone else’s life.”

A big thanks to board member Kasey Litt for working with the volunteers as well!

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About brhodes13

Brenda Rhodes (president, events committee) founded Simple Needs GA in June 2010. Over the past 16 years, she has volunteered her time with a host of nonprofit organizations in Cobb County and Metro Atlanta, including MUST Ministries, Good Mews Animal Foundation, Special Olympics, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hands on Atlanta and The Center for Family Resources. Brenda also contributes to the local missions teams and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church of Marietta. In recognition of the thousands of hours she has spent volunteering, Brenda received the National Points of Light Award in both November 2007 and July 2010. She was the featured Hands on Network volunteer on MSNBC’s “Brewing Together” program in 2009. The prior year, she received both the Lifetime President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Brenda was Hands on Atlanta’s Premier Volunteer in 2004 and received her University’s Alumni Service Award in 1997. Previously an IBM team leader, Brenda was recognized in the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s 2012 Tribute to Women of Excellence. www.linkedin.com/pub/brenda-rhodes/4/2b2/77

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