Kind-hearted kids helping people in need

Simple Needs GA (SNGA) is blessed to partner with some incredible organizations. On October 28, some great kids from Casa Montessori in Marietta volunteered at our space. They put together toiletry kits, colored birthday cards, cut and tied no-sew blankets, and organized birthday kits. The group also brought a ton of donations of new kids’ underwear and socks, coats, hats, blankets and games. I worked with the group and was very impressed with the students’ abilities, as well as their interest in hearing about those in need. They had a genuine desire to help other children.kids_and_toiletries_2

Volunteer and Casa Montessori parent Ashley Nolan had contacted me after finding out about SNGA through a friend at church. “I was shocked to hear that there are people living in the woods right around the corner from me,” Ashley said. “It’s one of those things that you hear and just can’t forget.”

group_photoAshley’s family decided to get involved. They started by organizing a coat drive through Casa Montessori and their neighborhood. “It was easy to give away extra jackets,” Ashley said. “I couldn’t stand knowing someone would be living in the elements freezing, while my jacket was just sitting in my closet unused. Our children were excited their coats would go to schoolchildren whose parents could not afford to spend money on this luxury.”

Next, Ashley organized a Cobb County service project for her son’s Casa Montessori class through SNGA. The students decided to gather items that were of particular need for our My Birthday Matters program. “This program in particular resonated with the children,” Ashley said.

As a parent, she says, one of her greatest hopes is that her child will learn to celebrate differences and honor the uniqueness of every person. “We are cultured to believe that poverty exists over there, in some foreign third-world country. And it does. But, it is also here,” she said. “A few miles away from my home someone may have gotten on the wrong path and needs a helping hand, or maybe they just need someone to tell them they matter. It was an honor to serve alongside an organization that is doing just that: meeting people in their greatest need, and offering them a hand.”

Thanks again to these thoughtful and generous volunteers—and thanks to you for your support of people in need!
–Brenda Rhodes

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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.

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