Since June 2010, SNGA has provided duffel bags packed with shampoo, soap, deoderant, toothpaste, combs, dental floss and other items to thousands of new check-ins at a local emergency shelter. “The volunteers were a great help for us this weekend,” said SNGA founder Brenda Rhodes. “We had checked our storage space and were literally out of packed duffel bags for people in need. It would have taken one or two of us multiple hours to pack such a large number of bags ourselves. But the volunteers worked quickly and efficiently to pack 85 bags, which will make a real difference for the people who receive them. The volunteers did a great job of checking and rechecking the bags to make sure each one had all of items on the inventory sheet. Thanks again to JCC for all the help!”
Keep an eye out for more volunteer opportunities to come!
While SNGA board member Kevin Powell was glad to hear of the good things being done for Grady, Rhonda and Billy, he was also touched by the circumstances of their lives. “Grady, who was about 40 years old, had been living in his tent for three months about a quarter of a mile away from MUST,” Kevin recalled. “He said he was doing OK, but that he could really use one or two more blankets, and he sure could use some additional food. It was his birthday. He just seemed happy to be alive.
“Rhonda was married with two teenage boys, ages 13 and 14. She talked about how her two children are staying with friends for shelter while she and her husband live in their car. They were in need of two sleeping bags to make their lives more bearable. Rhonda has applied for disability due to her heart condition. She described how her 13-year-old has a learning disability and needs new shoes.
“Billy had been living in tents since 2005. He has done odd jobs at restaurants over the years but always finds a way of losing his job. He is in dire need of dental work and fears for infections coming into his bloodstream from his bad teeth. His spirits seemed good, but one can only imagine the hardships he faces, being locked in the cycle of homelessness for this long.”
Thanks to the generosity and compassion of our donors and volunteers, SNGA has been able to lighten the burden of hundreds of individuals, children and families over the past couple of years, and we’re eager to do more. Thanks so much for your help! All contributions to our 501(c) 3 nonprofit are tax-deductible. Any support is greatly appreciated! Please consider donating online or mailing a check to:
Simple Needs GA
P.O. Box 670265
Marietta, GA 30066
Thanks for your support of people in need!