Two Men And A Truck Goes the Extra Mile for SNGA

For: Simple Needs GA
Marietta, Ga.                                                                           For Immediate Release

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR SIMPLE NEEDS GA
–Move crews from Marietta location make it possible for families to have furniture, beds and other items needed to turn empty houses and apartments into homes.

MARIETTA, Ga. (03/21/2018) — The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location at 1257 Kennestone Circle has played an integral role over the past year in helping Simple Needs GA (SNGA) bring furniture and household items to individuals and families in need across Cobb County.

“Since 2017, Two Men And A Truck has donated time worth more than $8,100 to SNGA—a number that continues to climb by the month,” said SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes. “For our clients, who typically have just transitioned out of homelessness or escaped a domestic abuse situation, this has been incredibly meaningful.”

Deonta Glover
Deonta Glover

Often, these families are living in completely empty apartments and sleeping on the floor. “When Two Men And A Truck pulls up with things like donated furniture, beds, lamps, tables and appliances,” Rhodes said, “these families are overjoyed.”

During 2017, move crews from Two Men And A Truck made numerous deliveries and pickups on behalf of SNGA clients, said Lydia Whatley, Marketing Manager for nine Two Men And A Truck locations across Georgia. These moves are no easy task: In addition to muscle power, they require dealing with traffic and coordinating pickups and deliveries among multiple parties with hectic schedules.

Vincent Totty
Vincent Totty

Driver James Mials has delivered furniture and household items to seven or eight families over the past few months. “It is a heartwarming experience,” said Mials, who has been with the company for three years. “We’ve had people cry or hug us. When you see people who have nothing, it just makes you realize how easy it is to forget sometimes how blessed you are.”

For Simple Needs GA, finding enough volunteers to pick up donations and deliver them to people in need can be challenging due to the logistics involved, Rhodes said. The moves from donors’ homes to those of clients, or to SNGA’s storage space, are part of the Marietta-based nonprofit’s Simple Household Needs program, which collects new or gently used items, including furniture, TVs, dishes, bedding, DVD players and much more. The goal is to help people in need turn a house or apartment into a home.

In addition to Mials, Whatley thanked crewmembers Deonte Glover, Andreas McConnel, Jemonta Stills and Anthony Watson for their hard work in helping SNGA deliver these items to clients.

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, Whatley said.

The founder of the company, 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.

Jemonta Stills & Anthony Watson
Jemonta Stills (l) and Anthony Watson

“At Two Men And A Truck Marietta, we just have a heart for the community,” Whatley said. “We thrive by giving back. That is one of our core values. Since we have both the trucks and muscle to do so, and why wouldn’t we pick great charities that need our help?”

About Simple Needs GA (SNGA)
SNGA’s mission is to meet the simple needs of children, people experiencing homelessness, and others in need, while inspiring our community to do the same. The Marietta, Ga.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers several community-based programs. Donors and volunteers provide full-sized toiletries and other useful items to people living in homeless shelters. They furnish tents, sleeping bags, tarps and other essentials to those living in the woods or on the street, and supply families with furniture, appliances, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and other household necessities. Other initiatives include providing schoolchildren with required school uniforms; helping social workers buy kids new shoes via gift cards; bringing new presents and other items to homeless children celebrating their birthdays; and providing Christmas presents for children in need. For more info, visit SimpleNeedsGA.org.

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Media contacts: At SNGA: Brenda Rhodes, Founder, Brenda@SimpleNeedsGA.org, 678-266- 3344.

Andreas McConnel
Andreas McConnel

 

SNGA: We’re Lucky to Have Our Volunteers!

“I want toys that I can give to children who don’t have any.”

That’s what 9-year-old Payton Milligan told Santa last year when asked what she wanted for Christmas. Fortunately, Payton’s parents Tim and Debbyn happened to know about Simple Needs GA’s children’s programs, Spirit of Christmas and My Birthday Matters.

After Santa gave Payton a whole bag of toys for people in need, Payton visited SNGA’s warehouse to drop off the presents. She also gave a donation which was her “share” of her allowance and other money she received (1/3 save, 1/3 spend, 1/3 share). “I gave Payton and her parents a tour of the warehouse and showed her the shelves of brand-new toys for children experiencing homelessness in our community,” Brenda said. “Payton’s amazing generosity of spirit made me want to cry!”

Payton donating Christmas wish from Santa Jan 2018
Payton with Brenda and SNGA Board Member Yolanda Kingsberry.

The holiday season has passed, but Payton aims to keep the presents coming. “She has already started collecting more items for the birthday program,” her dad told Brenda. “Thank you for making her feel special about what she did and is doing.”

The gratitude, Brenda says, goes to Payton and her family. “Part of our mission at Simple Needs GA is to inspire members of our community to give back,” she said. “But sometimes it works in the opposite direction. Payton is an inspiration!”

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVE!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., March 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. We are in need of gently used or new microwaves or toaster ovens. Also, toasters and other kitchen items.

If you can’t make it on March 17th, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. Next month that first-Saturday drive will be on April 7, followed by the regular third-Saturday drive on April 21. Mark your calendars!

Right now we’re very low on some much-needed items for our clients (gently used items, please; no stains or damage.). These include:

  • laptop computers for students
  • drinking glasses and dish sets
  • full/queen mattresses, box springs, beds/frames
  • dining tables and chair sets (or just tables or just chairs)
  • dressers and chests of drawers
  • cable-ready TVs (not too heavy) as well as TV stands
  • nightstands/end tables/coffee tables
  • small household items (see list of needed items for details)
  • baby items such as pack and plays, strollers, high chairs and more

For a full list of needed items, please click here. Specific needs for our My Birthday Matters program are posted on our SignUpGenius.

Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have anything to donate at this time. For large furniture, please email photos; we will arrange for you to drop off or for us to pick up (in Cobb County). Thank you for your support!

WE’RE LOSING OUR FURNITURE STORAGE—HELP!
SNGA recently received some tough news—we are losing the 1,200-square-foot storefront used to store furniture for clients of Simple Household Needs. Located in the shadow of the Big Chicken, the space will be renovated and repurposed by its new owner (the Marietta church that had graciously been allowing us to pay below-market rent recently sold the property).

We wish we could store furniture in our Marietta warehouse space, but it’s already packed with birthday presents, Comfort Kits, cleaning supplies, tents, winter wear, small household items and more.

We have to move everything out of the furniture space by the end of April.

If you happen to know of any possible alternatives in or around the actual city of Marietta (logistically, we can’t locate our storage in the farther reaches of the county like West Cobb, East Cobb or Kennesaw), please let us know! The space needs to be big enough to store mattresses and furniture and should have enough access to accommodate box trucks. “We can afford to pay a little more per month than we pay now,” Brenda says, “but the rent would still need to be below-market. Another option would be for us to find a combination of warehouse and office space where we could store the furniture along with supplies for all of our other programs.”

The furniture is incredibly important for our clients. They are often sleeping on air mattresses SNGA loans them until they receive beds and often have no kitchen tables, sofas or chairs in their homes. If you have any ideas, please email brenda@simpleneedsga.org.

FAMILY REBOUNDS AFTER HURRICANE MARIA, WITH HELP FROM SNGA
When Simple Needs GA asked Leilani Charrié Gurram what she wanted for her birthday, the 14-year-old had an unusual request. No jewelry, jeans or iTunes cards for her. Leilani wanted a metal detector! Check out our blog post about how SNGA turned Leilani into a legit treasure hunter—and helped her family, which relocated to Marietta from Puerto Rico, rebound from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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(l to r) Daniel Charrié, SNGA volunteer Jen Sypeck, Marianne Charrié, Rebecca Barringer (in back), Pamela Charrié, and Brenda Rhodes.

 

WORKING IN HARMONY WITH GSO
In January, about 30 members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Chorus and Board joined Simple Needs GA for a highly productive volunteer day organized by GSO’s Christine Vick. “This was an awesome group, with everyone pitching in to do anything needed,” Brenda said. “One volunteer even helped by replacing light bulbs!”1.27.2018 - GSO - group photo

GSO Executive Director Susan Stensland posted on Facebook that she greatly enjoyed working with her colleagues to give back by participating in the volunteer day: “Simple Needs GA does great work across our community, and is led by the amazing Brenda Rhodes, a GSO Chorus member. I love having such kind, talented, and generous people as friends and colleagues!”

Founded back in 1951 as The Marietta Music Club, the organization has evolved and grown a lot over the decades. It was renamed the Georgia Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Visit GeorgiaSymphony.org to find out how you can attend a performance, donate or volunteer! Here are links to the upcoming performances on April 20 and April 21!

SUPER BOWL WIN FOR CHILDREN IN NEED!
When a local financial services company (they wanted to remain anonymous) held a Super Bowl party this year, they decided to collect money to buy presents for a recipient of Simple Needs GA’s My Birthday Matters program. “When one of our employees told us about My Birthday Matters, we knew it was a perfect opportunity for our company to get involved with a great cause,” said a manager at the firm. The result (PICTURED) was quite a haul and will put smiles on childrens’ faces for sure! Touchdown!SuperBowlPartySNGA

THANKS TO MT. ZION UMC!
A big thank-you to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd., for running a month-long donation drive for Simple Needs GA! In addition, the church’s Early Bird Circle donated more than 100 items—in particular, lots of much-needed socks and brand-new cleaning supplies—for clients of SNGA’s Simple Household Needs program. “My car was filled to the brim with all of the items,” Brenda said. “What a huge help!”Mt Zion Collage

In a Feb. 25 presentation before about 25 members of Early Bird Circle (PICTURED), Brenda described Simple Needs GA’s mission and programs and talked about needs in Cobb County. Jane Livingstone, a member of the circle, invited Brenda to speak after reading about her in an article in The East Cobber. “Our members are always interested in giving,” Jane said, “especially to nonprofits that are local in focus.” In addition to the items provide by the Early Bird Circle, Mt. Zion’s month-long drive provided lots of needed items for SNGA clients. “Delivering all of the items to our warehouse required a pickup truck and three carloads,” Brenda said. “What a huge help!”

Thanks so much, Mt. Zion!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP SNGA
Donate online here. Donations can be sent to Simple Needs GA, Inc., P.O. Box 670265, Marietta, GA 30066.

To volunteer as an individual, company, church or other organization, contact us at brenda@simpleneedsga.org. Visit our volunteer page for more info.

smile.amazon.com is another great way to support SNGA—and from now until March 31, Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase! This is a great opportunity to increase Simple Needs GA’s AmazonSmile donations and help us help our clients.

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

 

Family rebounds after Hurricane Maria

When Simple Needs GA asked Leilani Charrié Gurram what she wanted for her birthday, the 14-year-old had an unusual request. No jewelry, jeans or iTunes cards for her. Leilani wanted a metal detector.

And thanks to the generosity of SNGA’s amazing donors and volunteers, that’s precisely what she received (a Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV, to be exact). Shout out to the anonymous volunteer who bought it for Leilani off of our SignUpGenius, and to Dalia, Mike, Jen and Fabrice for working with the family and bringing them the metal detector, furniture and other items, including books and school supplies for Leilani. “She could not contain her excitement,” said her grandmother, Pamela Charrié. “It was just absolutely everything she needed.”

It was a happy moment for a family that has endured a lot of hardship.

Up until last fall, Leilani’s family lived in the southeastern port town of Maunabo, Puerto Rico, where they were dedicated volunteers who spent hours helping others find jobs or cope with traumatic stress as part of a ministry operated by Rebecca and Ben Barringer of Marietta. The Charriés’ lives changed irrevocably, however, after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Maunabo. With winds of up to 175 miles per hour, the Category 5 hurricane killed at least 112 people and did nearly $100 billion in damage.

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(l to r) Daniel Charrié, SNGA volunteer Jen Sypeck, Marianne Charrié, Rebecca Barringer (in back), Pamela Charrié, and Brenda Rhodes.

Having moved back to the mainland to care for Rebecca’s dying mother, Rebecca and Ben were deeply concerned about the Charriés (the family includes Daniel and Pamela, along with their daughter Marianne, who is Leilani’s mom). “The devastation and tragedy was, of course, immense,” Rebecca said. “One friend who used to help us in Puerto Rico died. When I finally talked to Pamela, I could just hear the overwhelm in her voice. She said ‘we’re in our 60s, and we have to start over.’ ”

Determined to help, Ben and Rebecca used social media and their network of friends and colleagues to relocate the family to Marietta this past January. The project required renovations and other steep expenses, Rebecca says, and as it neared completion the Charriés still had some pressing needs. After hearing about Simple Needs GA, Rebecca and Ben explained the family’s plight to Brenda. In addition to Leilani’s nifty metal detector, the family received household items like pots and pans, along with lamps, end tables, office chairs, clothing, books and more.

“We were so impressed by the love and concern we felt from Brenda and the other volunteers,” Pamela said. “They were so helpful and so nice. It has just been wonderful.”

Rebecca, too, was touched by the spirit of the volunteers at SNGA. “I don’t know how to describe it, but we felt so welcome,” she said. “It was like everyone there was full of joy and excitement to help.”

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(l to r) SNGA volunteer Fabrice Bokanya with Marianne, Pamela and SNGA board member Mike Yalen.

As Brenda sees it, conveying that sense of caring is what Simple Needs GA is all about. “Thanks so much to all of those who make our work possible,” she said. “We love what we do!”

While the Charriés are relieved to be safe and sound in their new home, their focus is not primarily on themselves, Rebecca says. In fact, they are already hard at work helping Ben and Rebecca minister to people in need. Fluent in English and Spanish (not to mention French), the Charriés are using their language skills to help people in the Hispanic community deal with emotional trauma and other challenges. “Leilani wanted a metal detector so she could go treasure hunting to pay us back for all the ways we have helped them,” Rebecca said. “She is so sweet. The Charriés are truly special people.”

To find out more about Ben and Rebecca’s Renewoil Ministries, just email rebecca@renewoilministries.org. 

SNGA: Awesome sauce!

Hi, Brenda, someone suggested you may be able to help with heating supplies tonight.

Back in January when wind chills were more like something from Montreal than Marietta, SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes received the message above from a woman who was sleeping in her van. She had just found a new job, but hadn’t been paid yet. Simple Needs GA provided her with a sleeping bag, blankets, toiletries and other things to ease her burden until she could get back on her feet. “This is why we do what we do,” Brendasaid. “For this client, receiving these basic comforts made all the difference. It meant something to her to know that there were people who cared.”

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVE!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. We have a lot of needs for our clients including beds, furniture and household items (details below). We also are in need of financial donations (of any amount) so that we can buy mattresses and box springs for clients on our wait list who are sleeping on air mattresses. We can buy a queen set for around $165.

If you can’t make it on Feb. 17th, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. Next month that first-Saturday drive will be on March 3, followed by the regular third-Saturday drive on March 17. Mark your calendars!

Right now we’re very low on some much-needed items for our clients (gently used items, please; no stains or damage.). These include:

>laptop computers for students
>drinking glasses and dish sets
>full/queen mattresses, box springs, beds/frames
>dining tables and chair sets (or just tables or just chairs)
>dressers and chests of drawers
>cable-ready TVs (not too heavy) as well as TV stands
>nightstands/coffee tables
>small household items (see list of needed items for details)
>baby items such as pack and plays, strollers, high chairs and more

For a full list of needed items, please click here. Specific needs for our My Birthday Matters program are posted on our SignUpGenius.
Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have anything to donate at this time. For large furniture, please email photos; we will arrange for you to drop off or for us to pick up (in Cobb County). Thank you for your support!

AWESOME SAUCE!
Recently, Brenda was quizzing a client’s two daughters, ages five and eight, to find what specific presents they wanted via our My Birthday Matters program.

“I told them their limit, and one of them chose a few things,” Brenda recalled. “When I said ‘that’s $45, you can have more,’ she looked at me and said ‘My mom can’t afford that.’ She didn’t understand that the gifts were free.”

Melodys two girls Jan 2018The girls (pictured) were delighted when they got their snowsuits and other toys and birthday gifts. Mom, whose house was almost completely empty, also was moved. Thanks to our Simple Household Needs program, the family received many small household items plus furniture, queen and twin beds, a chest, a couch, a recliner, an end table, nightstand, a TV, a TV stand and a floor lamp. They’re also on the list to receive a dining table and chairs as they become available.

“Thank you guys so much for providing my girls and I with the essentials we need to get by in our home,” she said. “We’ve never had so many sheet and comforter sets in our lives! From dishes and cleaning supplies, to book bags, to clothes for the kids and even for me, you guys have totally outdone yourselves … you are ‘Awesome Sauce’ as my girls would say!”

You know who else is awesome sauce? The amazing donors and volunteers who make our work possible.

SNGA IN THE (TV) SPOTLIGHT

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PICTURED: Host Keisha Lancelin (seated), along with Shari Bailey Martin from Cobb Community Foundation, Brenda, Laura Keefe from YELLS, and her guests Sabrina Jerome and Bridget Reyes.

In case you missed it, Brenda was interviewed on the CW69 TV show Focus Atlanta. The half-hour community affairs program airs once a week on Sundays at noon. On Feb. 4, the host of Focus Atlanta, dedicated volunteer and CW69 Public Affairs Director Keisha Lancelin, highlighted the Cobb Community Foundation and two of the organizations it has supported, YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving, Inc.) and SNGA. “We were excited to have been chosen as one of the two organizations to be on the show,” Brenda said. “It was a great experience, and we have already had some inquiries from people who saw us on TV, were inspired by our mission and want to do be a part of SNGA.”

If you haven’t seen the segment, it’s available online here. Feel free to share with someone who doesn’t know about Simple Needs GA!

AMAZING HELP FROM UCB
Brenda and SNGA Board member Alicia Putnam recently went to UCB’s corporate headquarters in Smyrna to participate in a team-building event. A global healthcare consultancy and biopharma company, UCB works to improve the lives of people living with severe diseases. For the team-building exercise, employees were there from all over the world (see group pic).UCB_GRA Team Build 2018_Atlanta Jan 2018

UCB has helped Simple Needs GA on Hands on Atlanta Day multiple times. For the latest event, the company purchased an enormous amount of toiletries for our Comfort Kits program and put together the start of more than 200 bags for people checking into emergency shelters. “Our Global Regulatory Affairs team was moved and inspired by the tireless and dedicated work of Simple Needs GA and the positive impact that you have on our local community,” said UCB’s Joy Revels, ROMEO Project Management Lead.

In the same email, Joy passed along contact info for several UCB employees who were interested in getting more involved in SNGA!

“By supporting our Comfort Kits program so generously, UCB is helping us provide dignity to clients who have had unimaginably difficult lives and are often checking into shelters with next to nothing,” Brenda said. “We love UCB. They are amazing people!”

THANKS TO KSU’S MINORITIES IN MEDICINE
On Feb. 3, members of KSU’s Minorities in Medicine (pictured) volunteered at our Marietta warehouse and helped us with a variety of tasks. The organization’s mission is to empower and enlighten minorities in medicine by exposing them to resources and opportunities that will help them succeed. The group gives them access to beneficial networking opportunities, workshops and experiences and promotes academic excellence, scholarly behavior and individual growth. Volunteer coordinator Michael Woods thought working with SNGA would be a great growth opportunity for MIM. We had a blast working with Michael and nine other young and enthusiastic members of the group. Thanks so much to MIM!minorities-in-medicine-from-ksu-feb-3-2018.jpg

TEAM SPIRIT
Members of Brownie troop 15129 (pictured) from Davis Elementary in Marietta made some progress on their philanthropy badges by putting together new-sew blankets for My Birthday Matters. The 21 third-graders hope to use a portion of their cookie sales to help with more donations to SNGA in the future. We were moved and impressed by the gesture! The event was educational for the Brownies, said mom Lauren Whipple.
“They learned that not every child is lucky enough to have their birthday recognized,” she said. “By creating blankets, they were able to help provide gifts that children in need in their community might not otherwise have received.”BrowniesSNGA

THANKS IBM
We just wanted to say thanks to volunteers from IBM’s Atlanta-based Consulting by Degrees program, part of IBM’s Global Business Service, for helping out at our warehouse on Sat., Jan. 20. The 11-member team (pictured) sorted clothing, carried in donations and made lots of no-sew blankets for Simple Needs GA’s My Birthday Matters birthday program.IBM Group SNGA

Team leader Rebecca Clark, a Business Transformation Consultant with Consulting by Degrees, said she enjoyed working with experienced SNGA volunteers, who showed the IBM team around our space. But the IBM consultants gave us some tips as well-including showing us an easier and cooler way to make no-sew blankets! “We had a lot of fun with the blankets and know it will bring the same joy to the children who receive them,” Rebecca said.

Thanks again to Rebecca and her team!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP SNGA
Donate online here. Donations can be sent to Simple Needs GA, Inc., P.O. Box 670265, Marietta, GA 30066.

To volunteer as an individual, company, church or other organization, contact us at brenda@simpleneedsga.org. Visit our volunteer page for more info.
smile.amazon.com is a great way to support SNGA. Just sign up for the program and choose Simple Needs GA from the list. After that, AmazonSmile will donate to SNGA each time you make a purchase! Just remember to go to the smile.amazon.com portal before you do your shopping!

Check out how you can support us in similar fashion by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards!

 

 

Next Donation Drive: Sat., Jan. 20

“My mom said that there are many things that we could not get, but that God is good all the time. Thanks to Simple Needs GA we can have a few of these things. Thank you for my birthday gifts and the box springs and mattress! I slept good last night! My mom and me are really grateful that you helped us. We love you, Ms. Brenda!”
–text from an 11-year-old boy whose family recently received help from Simple Needs GA.

 

“The mother of six was grateful for the dresser. The young mom was very appreciative of the full box spring, and the 12-year-old boy cried when we carried in the twin bed with drawers and matching nightstand (the frame he had was in pieces).”
–Tracy, volunteer for our Simple Household Needs program

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVE!
The recent Arctic Freeze was a nippy reminder that having the right winter wear makes all the difference when the mercury plunges. Our clients still need winter items. Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. If you can bring new or gently used sweaters, jackets, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, flannel shirts, blankets and the like, our clients would be most grateful to have them!

If you can’t make it on Jan. 20th, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. Next month that first-Saturday drive will be on Feb. 3, followed by the regular third-Saturday drive on Feb. 17. Mark your calendars!

Right now we’re very low on some much-needed items for our clients (gently used items, please; no stains or damage.). These include:

  • laptop computers for students
  • drinking glasses and dish sets
  • twin/full/queen mattresses, box springs, beds/frames
  • dining tables and chairs
  • dressers and chests of drawers
  • cable-ready TVs (not too heavy) as well as TV stands
  • nightstands/coffee tables
  • small household items
  • baby items such as pack and plays, strollers, high chairs and more

For a full list of needed items, please click here. Specific needs for our My Birthday Matters program are posted on our SignUpGenius.storage Dec 2017

Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have anything to donate at this time. For large furniture, please email photos; we will arrange for you to drop off or for us to pick up (in Cobb County). Thank you for your support!

GETTING RESULTS—THANKS TO OUR DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS!
This past year, Simple Needs GA’s My Birthday Matters program helped 213 children, increasing from 139 in 2016. Our Simple Household Needs program brought furniture and household items to 110 families (up from 66 in 2016).

Meanwhile, as part of our 2017 Spirit of Christmas program, volunteers and donors came together to give $100 in requested gifts to 158 children in 59 families, all of whom also received extras like puzzles, board games and hats, gloves and scarves. Parent(s) also received at least one $25 Walmart card.

The hard work of our donors, volunteers and corporate partners is what makes this happen. Here are some shout outs to just a few of those who have supported Simple Needs GA of late:

 Two Men & A Truck continues to give back to its community in a big way. Over the past few months, the company has been extremely generous to Simple Needs GA, on several occasions sending its trucks and delivery pros to pickup furniture and household items from our donors and then bringing those items to our clients. It’s great to have a company on our team that cares so much about the community. To understand the effort and time this involves, just think about what it takes to help a friend move—getting the truck, sitting in traffic, loading and unloading furniture. Not easy! We are deeply grateful to Two Men & A Truck!two-men-and-a-truck-logo

John Silvey, managing partner of two Zaxby’s franchises in Marietta, located at 2080 Lower Roswell Road and 591 S. Marietta Pkwy, provided lunch, gratis, for our Christmas volunteers. Yeah, John! You’re awesome!

Holly Walther & Team with Success Mortgage Partners sponsored 20 children for Christmas! They also bought them extra items such as hats, gloves, scarves and games, and gift cards for the parents. And did we mention that Holly also brought four pies to us one Saturday for the volunteers?! Holly and her company (4343 Shallowford Rd. in Marietta) plan to continue to help us throughout the year. We’re so thankful. BTW, Ginny Braswell, who is part of Holly’s team, and her husband sponsored two additional children on top of all the work they did for the aforementioned 20. Ginny is a dedicated volunteer with Kiwanis and SNGA and recently donated furniture to SNGA to boot!

Johnny at Security Lock and Safe has helped Simple Needs GA several times at no charge. Located at 705 Roswell Street NE, not far from our furniture storage, this company recently came to our warehouse and fixed our lock after it froze in the cold and got stuck. A few months ago, Security Lock and Safe also swapped out the lock box at our storage space and charged us just for the new lock box, not the labor. Two years ago, they came over to our warehouse, pulled apart the lock box and took several trips back and forth to find parts so we wouldn’t have to pay for anything…all for free, no charge for labor!

Hollaran Party 2Lori Hollaran’s 13-year-old daughter Addy had a “toy drop” party along with 17 of her friends (photo). The group, which included Addy’s 15-year-old sister Rya, also made financial donations toward the purchase of toys for our clients.

In all, the party brought in about 50 toys! The children who made the donations were super-excited to visit our warehouse and deliver these items. “So glad we could be a part of this gift-giving season,” Lori said.

The Marietta law firm of O’Dell and O’Neal Attorneys generously donated a large amount of gift cards, gloves and games. We accepted them with no objections! 😀

Allison K. Giddens and the Kennesaw-based Dave Krache Foundation, which helps local kids play in community league sports even when they lack money for the usual fees, donated basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and a travel soccer goal for our clients. Score!

Emmy and her team at WellStarIT collaborated to donate a plethora of games and winter hats (photo) for our clients.Emmy WellStarIT

Dedicated volunteer Chandra Burns and her husband Paul sponsored two kids at Christmas–and Paul’s coworkers from his company Conduent sponsored seven children!

Linda Bonstein and the rest of the YMCA’s Togetherhood community engagement committee made Angel “ornaments” and attached them to trees at the McCleskey and Northeast YMCAs. Y members chose one or more ornaments from the tree, bought the items those ornaments represented and then brought the gifts to the Y for delivery to SNGA. “I was so happy with our members’ response!” Linda said. These awesome gifts made our clients happy, too!

Tarver Lowe and his son, James, worked with James’s baseball team (Kennesaw Generals 9U) to sponsor families financially as part of our Spirit of Christmas program. “We chose Simple Needs GA because we wanted to instill in our kids the importance of giving back locally to their community,” Tarver said. “Our kids bonded together and are better as a team because of that. We were very proud of each one of them and the work they put in to help make a difference.”

So were we! Thanks so much for your support!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP SNGA
Donate online here. Donations can be sent to Simple Needs GA, Inc., P.O. Box 670265, Marietta, GA 30066.

To volunteer as an individual, company, church or other organization, contact us at brenda@simpleneedsga.org. Visit our volunteer page for more info.

smile.amazon.com is a great way to support SNGA. Just sign up for the program and choose Simple Needs GA from the list. After that, AmazonSmile will donate to SNGA each time you make a purchase! Just remember to go to the smile.amazon.com portal before you do your shopping!

Check out how you can support us in similar fashion by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards!

 

Ending the Year with Good Deeds

“You and yours have been so much help. Thank you for the love you have shown my family. You have truly shown me we do matter.” — thank-you note from parent of My Birthday Matters recipient

Greetings, all.

As we say goodbye to 2017, we at Simple Needs GA just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for all of your help over the past year.

There were too many highlights to mention in a single email, but the common denominator of all of them could be summed up in one word: people.

We truly are a community-based organization, with volunteers and clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Human connection—through social media, volunteer days and donation drives, churches, businesses, families and more—continues to fuel our growth and development as an organization.

This past year, our My Birthday Matters program helped 213 children, increasing from 139 in 2016. Our Simple Household Needs program brought furniture and household items to 110 families (up from 66 in 2016) with the help of tremendously dedicated volunteers and corporate partner Two Men and a Truck. Our Spirit of Christmas program was an amazing success: Volunteers and donors came together to give $100 in requested gifts to 155 children in 58 families, all of whom also received extras like puzzles, board games and hats, gloves and scarves; parent(s) also received at least one $25 Walmart card. Special thanks to George McKeehan, Fire Training Commander for the Marietta Fire Department, and his “elf” Jessica for delivering gifts to some of the families! The kids were thrilled! (see photo)

MariettaFireDelivery2None of our clients’ smiles would be possible without our wonderful donors, volunteers and supporters. Even a small donation or a few hours of your time go a long way in relieving some of the stress our families go through at difficult times in their lives.

We know this is true because they tell us so in such heartfelt ways. Take this text we recently received from a mom whose children received Christmas presents:

“I’m getting ready for bed. I got down on my knees and prayed. I thanked God for you and Paul, and your mission spirit. I thanked Him for all of you guys and your effort to help. God bless. Thank you. I cried for a while, both happy and sad tears. If you ever doubt for one second, just remember that you changed someone’s life today. I will always remember that and be extremely thankful and grateful.”

Have a Happy New Year full of Peace, Love and Joy.

https://simpleneedsgablog.com/donate/

Christmas program update / Dec. 16 Donation Drive

“They are the sweetest group of people I have met yet. They helped me and my children big time! 5 stars!”—Simple Needs GA client

 “We were so moved by seeing the extent of your work for the community. Cobb County is lucky to have you and Simple Needs GA to address what so many of us take for granted.”—SNGA donor

HO HO HO! IT’S THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS!
Greetings, all.

Christmas is almost here, and that means it’s time to ramp up SNGA’s Spirit of Christmas program!

Our goal is to provide children with three or four gifts worth $100 per child in total and parents with $25 Walmart cards. We also add at least one board game per family depending on the age and number of children. If we have enough donations, we’ll include some winter accessories for the kids, such as hats, gloves and scarves.

Our program kicks into full gear late in the season with a burst of volunteer activity right up until Christmas Eve. That’s because we help families that, for any number of reasons, were unable to sign up for other programs earlier.

In 2015, SNGA’s Spirit of Christmas gave gifts to 86 kids. Last year, that number climbed to 150!

It’s all thanks to you!

You can help in any number of ways: sponsor a family or child; encourage your company or group to hold a toy drive (or collectively sponsor a family or two); purchase board games, $25 Walmart cards and/or hats/gloves/scarves; volunteer and/or deliver gifts between Dec 20 and 24; provide financial support.

Please let us know how you would like to assist this year by emailing brenda@simpleneedsga.org.

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVE!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. If you can donate new or gently used sweaters, jackets, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, flannel shirts, blankets—anything that could help a person stay warm—please do bring those items if you can.

If you can’t make it on Dec. 16th, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. Next month that first-Saturday drive will be on Jan. 6, followed by the regular third-Saturday drive on Jan. 20. Mark your calendars!

Right now we’re very low on some much-needed items for our clients (gently used items, please; no stains or damage.). These include:

  • twin/full/queen mattresses, box springs, beds/frames
  • dining tables and chairs
  • dressers and chests of drawers
  • cable-ready TVs (not too heavy) as well as TV stands
  • nightstands/coffee tables
  • small household items
  • baby items such as pack and plays, strollers, high chairs and more

For a full list of needed items, please click here. Specific needs for our My Birthday Matters program are posted on our SignUpGenius.

Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have anything to donate at this time. For large furniture, please email photos; we will arrange for you to drop off or for us to pick up.

Thank you for your support!

HOLIDAY SHOPPING? DON’T FORGET ABOUT AMAZON SMILE!
No doubt about it—ecommerce is bringing about huge changes in the way people shop during the holidays. Fortunately, there’s a great way to support SNGA as you sit on your couch and knock out your Christmas shopping on your iPad. Just go to smile.amazon.com, sign up for the program and choose Simple Needs GA from the list. After that, AmazonSmile will donate to SNGA each time you make a purchase! Just remember to go to the smile.amazon.com portal before you do your shopping!s7-j0saE

RECURRING DONATIONS

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 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

SNGA IN THE NEWS
In case you didn’t see it, check out our new blog post about some nice recognition Brenda and SNGA have received this month! And thanks for all your support of SNGA!

https://simpleneedsgablog.com/2017/12/01/inthenews/

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON GAGIVES + GIVING TUESDAY!
On Nov. 28, Simple Needs GA participated in GAgives and the #GivingTuesday campaign. We just wanted to thank the generous folks who donated more than $2,800 in total to help people in need in our community. Fantastic! 😀

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP SNGA
Donate online here. Donations can be sent to Simple Needs GA, Inc., P.O. Box 670265, Marietta, GA 30066.

To volunteer as an individual, company, church or other organization, contact us at info@simpleneedsga.org. Visit our volunteer page for more info.

smile.amazon.com is a great way to support SNGA. Just sign up for the program and choose Simple Needs GA from the list. After that, AmazonSmile will donate to SNGA each time you make a purchase! Just remember to go to the smile.amazon.com portal before you do your shopping!

Check out how you can support us in similar fashion by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards!