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!

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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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