“Words cannot express my gratitude for everything SNGA has done for us!”

—client who moved into a duplex with three other guys from the Extension

Clients excited to move into their own place with much of what’s needed to get started.


So…COVID. It’s changed everyone’s lives. At Simple Needs GA, we first halted all of our programs. Then we decided how we could still help our clients as safely as possible —safe for them and safe for our volunteers. Slowly, we added back services. As of now, we are doing most everything we were before except picking up and delivering furniture (we are currently limiting that program to mattresses, box springs, frames and small household items, unless donors can deliver). We are seeking more volunteers with trucks, especially those who have two or more who can help from the same household, so that socially distancing is not necessary.

We are holding our Donation Drives again on the first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with limited volunteers (mainly utilizing our regular volunteers; no first-timers right now) and asking donors to leave their items outside. We then will quarantine them until the following week. Under these new conditions, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. We ask donors to ONLY donate what is in good shape and what our clients truly need so that we don’t have to make trips to other agencies with items we can’t use; we also have limited space in general because of the need to quarantine items in a specific area. We will come to your car to look at what you have and put everything outside (donors are not coming inside our space at this time). 

  2. By design, we have limited volunteers helping right now, so we need to understand how many folks plan to volunteer; please do not stop by to volunteer without making prior arrangements with us (brenda@simpleneedsga.org). Most of our Saturday volunteers are our “regulars.”

Since we have not been holding our Drives formally, we have had to spend a lot of money on essential items (many of which can be purchased at our new Walmart Registry for Good; see article below) as well as mattresses and box springs. We are keeping our most-needed item list updated at least weekly; many items are bolded in red, which indicates we have none or almost none. 

Given all of this, we ask that you consider donating gently used items from our list (or purchasing if you can) or consider making a financial donation to help us purchase what we need.

We are keeping our My Birthday Matters SignUpGenius updated, and we plan to add two new SignUp Genius pages, one just for books and another for small household items. Please like our Facebook page if you have not already for updates. Or email us at brenda@simpleneedsga.org and we’ll be happy to share all of the links with you.

It’s a tough time for a lot of people. We are doing as much as we can to help those who are eligible for our programs. We appreciate your part in that.


To mark the 15th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Sarah Fisher (PICTURED), as well as her birthday, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta collected a large number of socks and pillows for Simple Needs GA’s clients. Happy Birthday, Rev. Fisher!

Thanks also to Christ Lutheran Church, which did a huge pillow drive–85 pillows in all–pictured. “We resisted the urge to run and dive into the giant mound of pillows,” said SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes. “We are very excited to have enough pillows for several months, as well as a large addition to our sock inventory! Thanks so much to St. Catherine’s and Christ Lutheran!” 

We also wanted to thank Wallace Hardy, Managing Broker and Realtor® for The Jason Mitchell Group of Georgia, for donating funds for some shelving (PICTURED). We set them up a few months ago (pre-COVID when we still had groups helping us out). “Wally has been a great help to us and always has a fantastic attitude,” Brenda said. 

Rob Bruce, meanwhile, did it yet again by holding another Facebook birthday fundraiser for Simple Needs GA! “Last year, Rob raised $550 with a Facebook birthday fundraiser, nearly double the $290 for our clients he raised in 2018. This year so far, Rob has raised $390 – with two weeks left to go. “Thanks to Rob and everyone in our social media community for using these tools to make the world a better place. Happy birthday, Rob!”

Lastly, Luke Unglo, a Boy Scout with Troop 356 and a student at Roswell High School, recently donated 9 fleece blankets to Simple Needs GA for use in our My Birthday Matters program. “Luke was working on his Citizenship in the Community merit badge and chose Simple Needs GA as a local organization to learn about and serve,” said his mom, Lynne.

The Unglos dropped the blankets off outside our warehouse. “Luke really enjoyed making the blankets,” said his mom, who has previously volunteered at SNGA’s warehouse through Little Helpers. The Unglos also donated other items, based on our list of most-needed items.


If you’d like to help out some of our families by purchasing essential household items, just click here to check out our Registry for Good at Walmart.com! Online-ordering is a fast and easy way to help!

Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org with any questions.


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Make your donation recurring

Go to SimpleNeedsGA.org, click one of the “donate” buttons and then check “make this donation recurring (monthly).” Credit card or PayPal. Regular PayPal users may want to consider setting up a PayPal Giving Fund account.

Monthly checks:

Simple Needs GA

P.O. Box 670265

Marietta, GA 30066

Donate via Amazon Smile

Just go to smile.amazon.com, sign up for the program and choose Simple Needs GA from the list. AmazonSmile will donate to SNGA each time you make an Amazon purchase! Go to go to thesmile.amazon.com portal before you do your shopping!

Choose us for your Kroger Community Rewards

More info available here and here. You need to re-register annually. Our ID: Simple Needs GA (code 29265)


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