Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thanks TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Those men were great that picked up my furniture. Will recommend that business to everyone. God bless them. — one of our furniture donors, after a pro-bono pickup from her home by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

If you’ve ever helped a friend move, you know it isn’t an easy task. But imagine picking up and delivering furniture from eleven different families in one day!

That’s precisely what deliverymen from the Woodstock location of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® did for Simple Needs GA (SNGA) on Wed, Jan 13. A huge shout out to Kevin and Brendan for being so professional and efficient as they picked up, and later delivered to our storage space, multiple mattresses, box springs, chests of drawers, sofas and other household items for recipients of our Simple Household Needs program.

And of course, we also owe a big debt of gratitude to Ryan Dieck, manager of the company’s Woodstock location at 100 Arnold Mill Rd. Mr. Dieck has kindly agreed to periodically help SNGA with pickups and deliveries. This is a huge help to us. We love giving furniture to families in need. However, the logistics of this is one of our biggest challenges, in part because we don’t have a box truck of our own.

“We strive to team up with local 501(c)(3) organizations to help out in any way we can,” Ryan said. “The owner of our franchise has multiple locations within the state of Georgia, and all of the sales managers at these locations regularly work with nonprofits.”

In fact, it’s all part of a company-wide trend. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees all over the country frequently dedicate both time and money to area charities, though it’s not a requirement.

The founder of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Mary Ellen Sheets, has spent her entire life volunteering and is a longtime supporter of many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, United Way of America, and the YMCA. When she started the company 30 years ago, Sheets and her sons made a $1,000 profit in the first year. They decided to give it all away in the form of $100 donations to 10 different local charities. Giving is a huge part of the company culture at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

Isn’t that cool? We can’t thank them enough!

We need candles for our clients. Here’s why.

Most of us have a few unused candles lying around in our homes. Did you know that candles are actually one of the items people who live in the woods need the most?

At Simple Needs GA, our supply of candles to distribute to people who live in the woods is running quite low. If you have extra candles at home or would be willing to buy some for us, our clients would greatly appreciate them! Consider suggesting a candle drive to your place of worship, school, business, book club, Girl or Boy Scout troop. Now happens to be a great time: You can really get good deals on candles thanks to after-Christmas sales. Just about any candle will do other than tea lights. The best candles are pillar and tapered.burning_candle_01

Why are candles so important?

People living in the woods have a difficult time keeping raccoons, rats and other critters from getting into their tents at night. (I sometimes joke that raccoons know how to work a tent zipper!) Believe it or not, a burning candle or two will keep a tent rodent-free. In addition to emitting light, candles are also a surprisingly good heat source. Their warm glow is reassuring–a bit like having a little campfire inside your tent.

But of course, they don’t last all that long. People living in the woods tend to burn through them very quickly.

And the need is great: Hundreds of people shelter in tents in Cobb County. You might not see them because they deliberately pitch camp in wooded places that are out of view from the road. But most likely, when you drive up a ramp to I-75, someone is living close by. The circumstances in which these folks live can vary tremendously: Some work regular jobs and have spent years cultivating clean, safe camps. But a great many others have next to nothing–maybe a tent, sleeping bag and a few other possessions–and face all kinds of uncertainties and challenges.

To donate candles to our Simply Sheltered program, bring them by our space on the third Saturday of the month between 10 and 1. For the address, email me at brenda@simpleneedsga.org.

Our Simply Sheltered program also provides tents, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and other essential items to people living in the woods. In the winter, we collect and distribute underwear, hats, gloves, scarves and other cold-weather items. In fact, we’re running low on blankets right now and could use some more blankets, for sure!

If you’d like to make a financial contribution to help Simply Sheltered, just click this link!
You could also mail a check to:
Simple Needs GA
P.O. Box 670265
Marietta, GA 30066

All your contributions to our 501(c) 3 non-profit organization are tax-deductible. Any support is greatly appreciated and will help us improve the lives of those who are struggling.

Thanks so much for your support of people in need!