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

Focus Atlanta SNGA
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.

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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!

 

Simple Needs GA is in the news!

On Tues., Nov. 28, the Cobb Collaborative honored SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes with its Volunteer Award during the 24th Annual Human Services Award luncheon and ceremony. The event recognizes nominees from local businesses and nonprofits for their dedication to working or volunteering with people in need in Cobb County or for their professionalism, collaboration and community-involvement.

In addition to recognizing Brenda, the organization gave Missy Owen of the Davis Direction Foundation its professional award. Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services of Kennesaw State, which helps homeless students among others, received Cobb Collaborative’s William E. “Bill” Hanson Collaboration Award.

“It is so nice to receive recognition for the work we’re doing at Simple Needs GA,” Brenda said. “Exposure like this helps raise our profile in the community and can introduce more people to what we do, inspiring them to get involved and be a part of it. I was moved to see so many great people with a shared commitment to helping their community.”

And speaking of exposure, Brenda was featured on the cover of the December 2017 issue of the East Cobber magazine, and was profiled in a nice article on p. 4. The piece described Brenda’s lifelong commitment to volunteering for a variety of nonprofit organizations and also explained the history and mission of SNGA. Check it out here!

“Thanks so much to Cynthia Rozzo, publisher of the East Cobber, who has been doing a fantastic job with the monthly magazine since creating it in 1993,” Brenda said. “I met Cynthia last year; when I told her about SNGA, she subsequently came by for a tour of our space to learn more about our programs. I’m so glad she took an interest what we do.”

Lastly, just a reminder that our next two Donation Drives will be this Sat., Dec. 2, as well as Sat., Dec. 16.

As usual, they’ll be at our Marietta warehouse from 10 to 1. For more info, visit our current needs page and/or email brenda@simpleneedsga.org.

Give the Gift of Warmth: Donation Drive this weekend!

When ‘Sharon’ came to Georgia to escape domestic violence, she and her 7-year-old daughter, who has autism, had only clothing to call their own; they had to leave everything else behind. Sharon called us on a Thursday—the day she moved into her apartment—to request beds, furniture and household items. Brenda asked our very dedicated volunteer Stacy if she could meet Sharon at our warehouse that day to get them air mattresses and small items. Sharon said she needed food as well so we referred her to MUST Ministries. She mentioned she would take the bus; Stacy generously offered to pick her up from MUST, take her to our space and then drive her home. Sharon was able to get dishes, pots and pans, towels, a microwave and much more. The following Saturday, our volunteers delivered beds and furniture.Client with small items Oct 21 2017

Last month, we helped another client who had fled domestic violence in another state. This single mom has four children ranging in age from 3 to 9. As you can see in the photo, her car was full of small kitchen and bath items. A week later, we were able to give her bunk beds (with mattresses), an armchair, a sofa and loveseat, an end table, a TV stand, a queen box spring (she had some other items in storage)—even My Birthday Matters gifts for the kids. She later sent us a note: “Please accept my gratitude for all that you and your organization have done for me and my family!”

And please accept our gratitude for all of your support. You make our work possible!

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVES!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Marietta warehouse. Of course, winter is on the way: 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. We will share these with clients (adults and children), as well as social workers and other agencies who work with needy families. See below for some of the other needed items.BabyItsColdOutside750

If you can’t make it on the 18th, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. The December Donation Drive dates are Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. 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
  • end tables/nightstands/coffee tables
  • small household items such as towels, new pillows, microwaves, toaster ovens, toasters, crockpots, silverware, glass sets and dish sets

For a full list of items that our clients need, 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 (Cobb County only).

Thank you for your support!

GAGIVES + GIVING TUESDAY ON NOV. 28!
Over the past few years, Simple Needs GA has participated in GAgives, an online fundraiser that has brought in more than $13.7 million for 2,700 nonprofits in Georgia since 2012. SNGA has also received donations as part of the global #GivingTuesday campaign. It is the third-biggest day of charitable giving in dollars raised, more than $180 million in 2016 alone.

This year, the two fast-growing events will both be held on the same day—Nov. 28.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Simple Needs GA during these events! Just click here to make a donation through the GAgives Day site.

While you can use this site now and throughout the year to donate to SNGA, if you donate on Nov. 28 that puts us in the running for one of the GAgives prize contests, which trigger additional funding for participating nonprofits.GA-GT V-logo1-RGB

RAMPING UP FOR THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS.
Our Spirit of Christmas program seeks to “fill in the gaps” by helping families that were unable to register for other local programs such as the MUST Toy Shop, Cobb Christmas or Toys for Tots.

We can’t express how excited we have been to receive the outpouring of help from our donors and volunteers for this program. Last year, we ensured that about 150 kids from 60 families received gifts for Christmas! The parents also received a gift card.

It’s a big job that requires a lot of coordination. Each year, our goal is to do advance planning so that the program will run even more efficiently than the year before. We’re now gathering names of people who want to sponsor families and/or volunteer to coordinate, wrap, deliver and more.

If you’d like to join us and help plan for the holiday season, just email brenda@simpleneedsga.org.

SOME (INCOMPLETE) SHOUT OUTS!
As Simple Needs GA has grown, so, too, has one of our challenges—thanking all of the awesome donors and volunteers who are the heart of what we do.

 

Here’s an only partial list of recent helpers!

  • A Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta came through for SNGA with a big donation drive and event focusing on items for those who live in the woods.
  • Cribmaster, the Marietta-based inventory and asset-management solutions company, brought a large number of cleaning supplies for our Simple Household Needs program (photo is of Kelly from Cribmasters with some of these donations).Kelly from Cribmasters Oct 2017
  • Families from Little Helpers of Atlanta visited our warehouse and gave our clients a boost with new underwear, socks and other items. The Gwinnett Citizen even did a nice write-up about it.
  • The UMW from Marietta’s St. Andrew United Methodist Church donated toys and other needed items from the Simple Needs GA SignUpGenius page, and employees from IBM, a company that has been one of our biggest supporters, pitched in at our warehouse on a couple of different Saturdays.

We could keep on writing about all of the great folks who helped us with Diaper Day, or the small, but important, acts of kindness by individual volunteers like Barb, who recently picked up water bottles for us so we wouldn’t have to pay shipping!

Thanks so much for all of your help!

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!

 

Simple Needs GA Donation Drive this Sat. (Oct. 21)!

“My two oldest ones haven’t really had a birthday party since they were babies. And my 8-year-old has only had one real birthday party when she was 5 years old. I stopped celebrating my birthday almost 13 years ago.”

This heartbreaking comment came from one of Simple Needs GA’s furniture clients, a mom with a boy and two girls. Can you imagine being in such financial need? One of our board members doesn’t have to: She grew up poor and often had to watch her birthday come and go without any recognition from her family. But something great came out of that tough experience: Her idea for SNGA’s now-thriving My Birthday Matters program. We’re so happy to be able to provide birthday presents and other useful items to hundreds of children, including those in the family described above. “We have done more than 150 birthdays so far this year,” noted SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes. “The total for all of 2016 was 139, so MBM is growing nicely.”

Meanwhile, our furniture program has nearly doubled: We helped 66 families throughout all of 2016. “So far in 2017, we have helped 105,” Brenda said, “and we still have a couple of months left!

Your generous donations and volunteering make it possible. Thanks so much for your help of people in need!

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVES!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., October 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider bringing some donations (see below for needed items) to our Marietta warehouse. And even if you aren’t able to bring any this month, feel free to stop by for a tour. We find that those who come by understand our programs better and often have “ah ha” moments on items they can donate.

If you can’t make it on the 21st, don’t forget that we have added a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. The next Donation Drive dates are Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. Mark your calendar!

Right now we’re running low on furniture and some household items for families coming out of homelessness. We need to restock gently used (no major damage, no stains) mattresses, box springs and frames of all sizes; dressers/chests of drawers; table and chair sets (or just tables if no chairs); couches and love seats; recliners; nightstands; end tables; coffee tables; small desks; bookshelves; TVs (tube or flat screen); TV stands; small entertainment centers; washers and electric dryers (prefer no front loaders); microwaves; and DVD players. We are also accepting gently used kids’ clothing for winter and summer.

Please send photos to Brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have larger items to donate; we will arrange for you to drop off or a pick up. For a full list of items that our clients need, please click here.

Birthday and other needs are posted on our SignUpGenius. Thank you for your support!

WE STRUCK OUT ON BOWLING. SORRY!
We had previously announced a bowling event on Oct. 22 at AMF Marietta Lanes. Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances intervened and we have been forced to postpone the event. If you happen to know of anyone who was planning to attend but may not have received notice about the cancellation, please notify that person for us! Stay tuned for the reschedule! We apologize for any inconvenience.

GREAT HANDS ON ATLANTA DAY!
Thanks so much to the awesome volunteers (a total of 59 adults and 31 kids!) [pictured] who helped out at our Marietta warehouse of Oct. 7 for Hands on Atlanta Day. We had a great turnout of SNGA regulars and board members, as well as Hands on Atlanta team leads, volunteers and friends. HOA board members Grant Givens and Kenneth Jones also came to the warehouse for HOA Day and were a huge help!
Most of these generous folks hailed from either First Data or UCB—two companies that have been big supporters of Simple Needs GA. Throughout the day, the volunteers tackled a host of projects. They put together Comfort Kits, assembled chests of drawers, sorted new books and other donations, wrapped birthday gifts and made no-sew blankets, to name only a few. The action was nonstop!

They even sent us some nice notes after the event:
“Thank you again for organizing a great day of service – I really enjoyed getting to know Simple Needs GA and look forward to finding additional opportunities for us to support you again in the future.” – Ally, UCB

“Everyone was very complimentary of the projects that they assisted with and all of the wonderful work that your organization does! So glad that we could partner with your team again!” –Susan, First Data

“We were thrilled to have UCB and First Data help us out once again!” said SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes. “Great folks who were willing to jump in and help with anything. We cannot thank them enough.”

IT’S DIAPER DAY!
Diapers are a burdensome cost for many families in need. One way you can help is by taking part in Diaper Day in Cobb County: On Oct. 23rd, the Diaper Day Committee will once again collect diapers at Glover Park on the Marietta Square for distribution to area non-profits (including Simple Needs GA). Please consider joining us between 4 and 5:30 p.m. If you don’t have time to hang with us in the Park, volunteers can get the diapers from you in your car! Quick and easy!

‘SIPPING, STYLING—AND SNGA’
We wanted to thank Erin Clarke and Meredith Seelos for their great event ‘Sipping, Styling, and Beauty’ on Oct. 10 at Erin’s home in northwest Marietta. The event raised money for SNGA’s Spirit of Christmas program to purchase Christmas gifts for children in Cobb. “I have a brand-new line of handmade, fair-trade ornaments and gifts,” Erin explained. “By creating a marketplace for these unique pieces, we are empowering mamas globally and providing them a source of income so they can care for their children.” For her part, Meredith Seelos was on hand to share her mission of safer and healthier beauty products by Beauty Counter. For more info about what Erin and Meredith are doing, visit www.beautycounter.com/meredithseelos and/or bit.ly/givenoonday.

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!