Next Donation Drive: Sat., March 16!

“You made another child, another human being, very, very happy this morning. This is by far one of her happiest birthdays in a long time.”

—text from a single mom of a girl who received a bike that she rode in Walmart and wanted but couldn’t afford. We also bought her a “My Life” doll and some other things—thanks to you, our donors.

If you’d like to brighten a child’s birthday, just visit the SignUp Genius link for our My Birthday Matters program.

NEXT DONATION DRIVE IS MARCH 16!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. Email brenda@simpleneedsga.orgfor the address or if you have any questions.

If you can’t make it on March 16, we’ll have drives next month on April 6 and April 20. Mark your calendars!

Top needs are:
BRAND NEW: men’s underwear sizes med and large, markers (box of 10-12), kitchen garbage cans, mops and brooms, books for tweens (esp boys), Amazon Fire 7 tablets and cases, light bulbs.

 NEW OR GENTLY USED: comforters (all sizes), candles, microwaves, toasters, irons, ironing boards, DVD players, mattress pads (esp full), air mattresses, vacuums.

We are currently collecting lightly used children’s books for Communities in Schools. You can bring to us – or take directly to them.

 One of the goals for our furniture clients is for them to not spend too many nights sleeping on the floor. We do not receive enough donations of mattresses and box springs, so we often need to purchase them.We welcome financial contributions toward the purchase of those. DONATE.

Additional donor resources:
SNGA client Amazon Wish List
Our updated list of client needs
List of small household items SNGA clients are offered

BRENDA GIVES ‘STATE OF SNGA’ ADDRESS TO LOCAL OFFICIALS
Special thanks to Powder Springs City Councilman Patrick Bordelon (Mayor Pro Tem) for inviting Brenda to speak about SNGA’s mission as the first speaker in a series of presentations by community-based organizations.

CMA is comprised of all the elected city officials in the county as well as the city managers and clerks. For Brenda’s Feb. 10 presentation, the audience members, just to name a few, included: Powder Springs City Councilman (and SNGA supporter!) Henry Lust; Marietta Ward 7 City Councilman Joseph R. Goldstein; Cobb Travel & Tourism President & CEO Holly Quinlan; Austell Mayor Pro-Tem Ollie B. Clemons, Jr.; and Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Keli Gambrill. Pres at Cobb Municipal Association Feb 12 2019

“I was honored to tell the public servants of our county about our mission at Simple Needs GA,” Brenda said. “Several CMA members are highly committed to combating poverty in Cobb and are doing great work in raising awareness. Councilmen Bordelon and Lust, in particular, have done a lot to support SNGA. They get my vote for sure!” 😀

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH
One of our dedicated volunteers (with a truck!), Russ Marshall, attends Christ Lutheran Church in Marietta. He suggested SNGA be considered for the church’s Lenten Offering and they said yes! Paula Bode (chair of the committee) took a tour during a Donation Drive and was impressed. “We are so excited to be supporting Simple Needs GA!” she said. On March 10, Brenda spoke to the congregation during their two morning services “The members were all very gracious,” Brenda said. “You can tell they are very involved in community outreach.” A table was set up in the lobby with a monitor which explained SNGA’s program. Members were encouraged to take a cardboard birdhouse and fill them with donations. We’ve already received a few requests from those who want to volunteer; looking forward to our partnership!20190310_094935.jpg

HEARTFELT THANKS!
We are very grateful for all of our donors and wish we could call each and every one of them out! Here are a few who have helped out lately. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page so you can read more about each over the next month or so.

The O’Dell and O’Neil law firm (Marietta) and their employees have offered to help out monthly with our My Birthday Matters and other programs by purchasing top needs. The Golden K Kiwanis Club donated $1K this quarter as part of their sustaining sponsorship dollars. Board member Jen Sypeck spoke at the Ruby Cooper Circle at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta; the Circle followed up with a donation and plan to be involved more with us. The Epstein School children volunteered with us, and many families brought donations with them.

Epstein School
Epstein School volunteers

THANKS TO AHG TROOP 2012 FROM WOODSTOCK!
Sixteen members of American Heritage Girls Troop 2012 from Woodstock volunteered at SNGA’s warehouse on March 2. The children, ages 6 to 13, and several troop moms pitched in to make fleece blankets, sort and organize stuffed animals, and put together school-supply packs. They have made in-kind donations in the past to SNGA but it was their first time volunteering, said troop coordinator Kathleen Tallent, who volunteered with her daughter Violet.

“Everyone was very impressed with how many different areas and ministries that Simple Needs GA has a hand in, as well as with how organized the warehouse and volunteer dynamics were run,” Kathleen said. “The overall impression was what a great experience and great organization to volunteer with! We hope to be invited back for more service opportunities.”

Founded in 1995, The American Heritage Girls is a Christian-based Scouting-like organization. It has more than 43,000 members. Thanks so much to Troop 2012 for their great work on behalf of people in need!

American Heritage 1
American Heritage Girls

 

RECURRING DONATIONS – BE PART OF OUR SIMPLY CARING PROGRAM
If you regularly make donations to Simple Needs GA (or would like to!), we’d love it if you would consider making your donation automatically recur each month. Just go to SimpleNeedsGA.org, click one of the “donate” buttons and then check “make this donation recurring (monthly).”

You can use your credit card or a PayPal account for these donations. However, if you plan to routinely donate online to SNGA, you might consider signing up for a PayPal Giving Fund account. PayPal Giving Fund charges no fees to enrolled charities, so all of your donations will go to SNGA!

Of course, you could also just mail a monthly check to:
Simple Needs GA
P.O. Box 670265
Marietta, GA 30066

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF PEOPLE IN NEED!

 

 

 

 

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