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!

 

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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!

SNGA Donation Drive this Sat. (Aug. 19)

“My children and I didn’t have any beds or any furniture at all. We were sleeping on air mattresses. The beds and the dresser have been really great. The furniture is in good condition. I’m happy and the kids are happy. It was a really great experience.”

The quote above is from “Sharon,” a working mom with four kids ranging in age from toddler to teen. The family had come to Georgia to flee a difficult situation in another state. “They had nothing but their clothes—no furniture, no books, no bedding,” explained our volunteer Cathy Dandelakis.

After being turned down by several other social service agencies because she could not afford the $100 payment they expected, Sharon had almost given up on providing her children with a decent home.

And then she found Simple Needs GA.

Since Sharon doesn’t drive, Cathy picked her up at her apartment and took her to our Marietta warehouse, where Sharon filled out a list of needs and then worked with Cathy to find these items. “She was amazed that she was allowed to pick out all the things she needed,” Cathy said. “Some of her most treasured finds were books and new pillows for the children, a high chair and a vegetable peeler.”

Back at the apartment complex, Cathy watched with delight as Sharon’s children came pouring down the steps. “They were so happy to see everything: Dishes! Pots and pans! Bedding! Lamps! Towels! Shampoo!” Cathy said. “Each child received a brand-new backpack filled with school supplies. It was like Christmas in August!” Later in the day, SNGA volunteers Mike and Danielle, along with some helpers, delivered the furniture and beds.

The kids will be getting their birthday presents this Saturday.

“This was my first time having intimate contact with a family and it was so rewarding,” Cathy said. “The family was so grateful; Sharon and the children thanked me over and over. They just couldn’t believe that a bunch of strangers could be so kind. This is why I volunteer for Simple Needs GA. It was a total privilege to be able to provide this family hope for a better life.”

UPCOMING DONATION DRIVES!
Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider bringing some donations to our Marietta warehouse. And even if you aren’t able to bring any this month, feel free to stop by for a tour or to help us sort and store donations and take care of other small projects.

If you want to come on the 19th but can’t make it, no worries—we’re now adding a Donation Drive (same time and location) on the first Saturday of every month as well. The next two Donation Drive dates are Sept. 2 and Sept. 16. Mark your calendar! (NOTE: We’ll only send out an email reminder for the Donation Drive on the third Saturday of each month.)

Our greatest needs right now are character backpacks (new only), microwaves, hand towels, washcloths, lamps, pots and pans (especially larger), twin/full/queen/king blankets and queen/king comforters, toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners, DVD players, toasters, irons, ironing boards, smaller wall art, can openers, shower curtain rings, new mops and brooms, women’s socks, boys’ underwear (esp XL 16-18), and bakeware. We are also accepting gently used kids’ clothing for winter and summer. For a full list of items that our clients need, please click here.

Other needed items include working TVs (not too large/heavy), mattresses and box springs of all sizes, and gently used (no damage or stains) furniture such as dressers, dining tables, dining chairs, small desks, washers/electric dryers (no front loaders), bed frames and other furniture. Please send photos to Brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have any of these items to donate; we will arrange for you to drop off or a pick up.

 A FEW SHOUT OUTS!
We wanted to thank Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb (LMRC) for donating 40 backpacks filled with school supplies on July 29 for our My Birthday Matters program! (PICTURED: Sharon Whelan, who worked with fellow LMRC member Alice Cheung on this effort!) We have already started distributing these much-needed packs. LMRC has helped us out so much over the past few months!

Also, we wanted to express our gratitude to Georgia Rambo of Sew Dreams Come True for her custom embroidery of our new polo shirts (PICTURED). Beautiful! Georgia’s Marietta-based business creates custom curtains, pillow shams, throw pillows, duvet covers and more. Thanks so much, Georgia. The shirts look great!

Lastly, big thanks to all the members of the youth group at Burnt Hickory Church of Christ, on Burnt Hickory Road in Marietta, who came to our donation drive and volunteer day on Sat., July 15. These energetic young people (see a video slideshow) spruced up the landscape outside our entrance and assisted with projects inside our space as well. We got a nice note from Evan of Burnt Hickory: “Brenda, you all were a blessing. Thank you for hosting our teens as they learned how to serve and learned more about great things happening in our community.”

FROM GROCERY BAGS … TO SLEEPING MATS!
If you’re like me, you feel a bit guilty when you return from a grocery or discount store with a dozen or more plastic bags. (The United States goes through anywhere from 100 billion to 300 billion plastic bags a year!)

Fortunately, we want your bags (just the kind you get from grocery stores or Walmart, no newspaper bags) for a cool cause—sleeping mats (PICTURED) for people experiencing homelessness. Some awesome volunteers with Give Homeless Hope make these. It takes about 700 bags to make one mat!

Thanks so much for your help of people in need!

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Now and again, we like to touch base with our volunteers to find out how their lives have been enriched by serving people in need in our community. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight featuring Stacy McIlwain and Alicia Putnam!

Thanks for your support of people in need!

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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!

Volunteer Spotlight: Stacy and Alicia

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore.

 Now and again, we like to touch base with our volunteers to find out how their lives have been enriched by serving people in need in our community. For our dedicated volunteer Stacy McIlwain, it all started with underwear.

Stacy found out about SNGA soon after moving to Marietta in the winter of 2015.

“I came across a Facebook request from SNGA for underwear for teenage boys to accompany their Christmas gifts,” she said. “As a retired high school teacher, this was right up my alley.”

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Stacy McIlwain

Stacy went out and bought packs of underwear and a couple of Dopp Kits (shaving kits with toiletries) for the clients. That same day, she met SNGA founder Brenda Rhodes. “Brenda impressed me so much that I told her I would be back to volunteer,” Stacy said.

As a retired teacher, Stacy relishes her ability to use her free time to give back via several SNGA programs, including My Birthday Matters, Simply Sheltered and Simple Household Needs. Her work with the latter program often includes bringing beds to clients who are sleeping on the floor.

Stacy takes sleeping bags, tents, candles, small hygiene kits and other useful items to people living in the woods and loves picking out brand-new books for recipients of our My Birthday Matters program. On the first and third Saturdays of the month, she sorts and logs items coming into our donation room and frequently pauses to think about the difference they will make for families in need.

“Working in the donation room and seeing working irons and electric skillets, matching sheet sets, new brooms and mops, and sets of flatware always makes me do a little dance,” she said. “I know they won’t stay in the warehouse very long. They will be put to use in a client’s home.”

 One of our newer volunteers, Alicia Putnam, found out about SNGA through a volunteer program at work. She has volunteered several times now. “What stood out most to me at first was that this is a local organization supporting our own local communities,” she said. “I was able to work directly with people in the community that are getting back on their feet and moving into their own place.”

Alicia Putnam

Alicia Putnam

Volunteering at our Marietta warehouse, Alicia has been particularly moved by the experience of helping clients pick out household items that will help transform their new houses or apartments into comfortable and dignified homes. “It is a really nice feeling to see their excitement and relief,” she explained.

Alicia is looking forward to volunteering with other SNGA programs such as My Birthday Matters, Shoe them Love and Comfort Kits. “I think these are all really great programs to help care for those in need in our community,” she said. “This is a great organization filling a real need and I am glad to be a part of it.”

Thanks so much to all the donors and volunteers who make Simple Needs GA possible!

Aug. 11 benefit for Simple Needs GA at PearTree in Kennesaw

Greetings, all.

We wanted to let you know about an exciting benefit for Simple Needs GA coming up on Fri., Aug. 11, at the Kennesaw location of PearTree, a floral, home furnishings and gift shop at 1600 Kennesaw Due West Rd.

Kim Kornblatt, owner of the family-owned business, is offering store-wide discounts of 25 percent off on PearTree items.

Available at the event: handcrafted designer jewelry by EsBe Designs; stay-on lipstick and gloss by Lipsense; trendy women’s fashions by Lularoe; and bath and body products by Perfectly Posh, to name a few, along with art and monogramming & products. There will be door prizes, giveaways, wine, appetizers and Nothing Bundt Cakes, too.

“I wanted to have an event that would help our community, so I reached out to small business owners and asked if they wanted to partner with me,” Kim said. “The response was overwhelming! I’m hoping this will be our first of many to come.”

Kim found out about Simple Needs GA from one of her customers. “I’m so excited that you’re right here in our own backyard,” Kim said. “My heart goes out to struggling women and children everywhere. I just wanted to get involved and try to make an impact in our community!”

You can buy an advanced $10 ticket through PearTree’s Facebook page or call 770-422-7360. Kim is asking everyone who drops by to “sip, shop and socialize” to make a $10 donation to SNGA. The event starts at 7 and ends at 10 p.m.

To learn more about PearTree, which also has a downtown Powder Springs location at 4440 Marietta St., visit ptflorist.com.

PearTree ~ Home.Florist.Gifts is a family-owned local business that has been serving its customers with custom floral arrangemet delivery In Powder Springs and metro Atlanta since 1978. The Kennesaw location opened in 2010.

Next donation drive is JUNE 17!

“I don’t need a bed for myself, just for my kids.” – single dad, who called Simple Needs GA and asked for help after finding us online.

Not only did this family receive beds for its unfurnished apartment, but also furniture, household items and, for the children, birthday presents, books and school uniforms. The dad was in tears—and so were we!

Our next monthly Donation Drive is Sat., June 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We hope you’ll consider dropping by our Marietta warehouse to be a part of it.

Even if you don’t have any donations, feel free to stop by for a tour. Those who tour with us understand our programs better and then realize what else in their home we can use for our clients!

Your new or gently used donations can make a big difference. Our greatest needs right now are hand towels, washcloths, blankets (full, queen, king), comforters (full, queen, king), microwaves, new pillows, shower curtain rings and pot holders (Dollar Tree is an option), toaster ovens, toasters, vacuum cleaners, pots and pans, kitchen trash cans and trash bags, coffee makers and filters, smaller kitchen essentials such as measuring cups and can openers. For a limited time, we are also accepting kids’ clothing for winter and summer. For a full list of items that our clients need, please click here.

We also need gently used (no damage or stains) dressers, mattresses/box springs (especially two xl twin box springs to go with a king mattress in our inventory), small desks, washers/dryers (no front loaders) and other furniture. Please send photos to Brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have any of these items to donate; we will arrange for drop off or pick up.

READY FOR NEW SHOES? WE’LL TAKE YOUR OLD ONES.
Have you ever looked in your closet and said to yourself, I need to get rid of some of these old shoes? (Of course, some of us have more of a problem with “Shoe Acquisition Syndrome” than others!) If so, take heart: Simple Needs GA is now collaborating with the Kiwanis Club, which has 600,000 volunteers across the globe, by collecting shoes for people in need. Kiwanis will take shoes in any size or condition, so long as there are no holes in the soles. It’s a fantastic organization that hosts nearly 150,000 service projects each year. Feel free to bring used shoes to our Marietta warehouse during our monthly donation drives. Thanks!

RACETRAC COMES THROUGH AGAIN
Under the leadership of CEO Allison Moran, Racetrac is well known for its tremendous support of agencies and organizations in our community. And one thing you can say about this company’s energetic volunteers—they are not afraid to sweat. A great group of interns from Racetrac volunteered at our Marietta warehouse last June, and Racetrac came through again earlier this month when the interns helped us by swapping out the toiletry storage room for the household room at our (toasty this time of year) Marietta warehouse. We’ve been getting more donations lately, so we needed more room for bigger items like comforters. The volunteers also helped clean out one of our storage closets and, perhaps most importantly, made huge progress in our donation room. It was filled to the brim with unsorted donations that needed to be properly stored but is now nearly empty! Other tasks completed by the team included book-sorting and wrapping birthday gifts for our My Birthday Matters program.

Thank so much, Racetrac!

THANKS TO 9TH GRADER LIZZY NISWONGER!
For an honors research project at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, ninth-grader Lizzy Niswonger focused her time and attention on Simple Needs GA. She was deeply moved by what she learned. “I decided to raise money for your amazing organization because I saw that you help families in need as well as specifically children,” she said. “I was so honored to help an organization that does so much to help the community!” After touring our Marietta warehouse and seeing the shelves packed with toys, household items, cleaning kits, winter items and more, Lizzy said she was “awestruck” by our mission. “Thank you for all that you do,” she said. “I can’t wait to eventually come in and volunteer!” Thanks to this intelligent and compassionate young person for caring about the less fortunate in her community!

HARD TO DECIDE!
A new client came to the warehouse earlier this month to pick out smaller household items. She was accompanied by a friend who has been a client in the past.

“I feel like I’m being spoiled,” the new client said, to which her friend responded: “That’s why I came with her. To help her make decisions. I remember how hard it was to get to decide.”

It’s a great ‘problem’ to have. Your generosity makes it all possible. Thanks so much for your help!

Come to our next donation drive Sat., May 20!

We hope you’ll consider stopping by our Marietta warehouse on Sat., May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to be a part of our monthly donation drive. Even if you don’t have any donations, we welcome you to stop by for a tour.

Your new or gently used donations can make a big difference. Our greatest needs right now are sheets (especially twin and queen), microwaves, new pillows, shower curtains, toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners, baby wipes, diapers size newborn-2, pots and pans, trash cans, twin/full/queen/king blankets, queen comforters, toasters, DVD players, TVs and smaller kitchen essentials such as measuring cups and can openers. For a limited time, we are also accepting kids’ clothing for winter and summer.

For a full list of items that our clients need, please click here.

We are happy to announce we’re collaborating with the Kiwanis Club by collecting shoes! Any size, any condition, as long as there are no holes in the soles.

We also need gently used (no damage or stains) dressers, mattresses/box springs (especially two xl twin box springs to go with a king mattress in our inventory), small desks, washers/dryers (no front loaders) and other furniture. Please send photos to Brenda@simpleneedsga.org if you have any of these items to donate; we will arrange for drop off or pick up.

‘IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE THE KIDS SMILE. THEY HAVEN’T SMILED THIS MUCH IN A LONG TIME.’

That’s what the friend of a family in need said to us after driving the family to our Marietta warehouse to pick up some badly needed items. Later that evening, the single dad, who had not overheard this comment, said almost the same thing: “The kids really smiled tonight.”

Can you imagine being in such tough circumstances that seeing your kids smile struck you as unusual?

We were so happy to help this gracious and kind family. Thanks to your amazing generosity, they were able to pick out household items, a cleaning kit, school uniforms, toiletries and more. We even put together My Birthday Matters packages for the kids. Later, one of our donors bought this family a bunk bed with a twin mattress on top and a full mattress on the bottom. The brand-new bed has been shipped to the family’s house! And volunteers delivered all their other furniture as well. They are all SO thankful!

We love what we do! Thanks so much for making it possible.

THANKS TO ST. CATHERINE’S OF SIENA AND ALSO MOUNT BETHEL ELEMENTARY’S GIRL SCOUT TROOP 14382

SNGA Founder Brenda Rhodes recently gave a presentation at St. Catherine’s of Siena Catholic School in Kennesaw, where students celebrated a day of prayer and service by working on projects for SNGA and other organizations. Click here to read more!

Special thanks, too, go to Girl Scout Troop 14382 of Mount Bethel Elementary. Members of the troop recently worked on their community service badges by putting together much-needed school-supply packs for SNGA’s My Birthday Matters program.

Monica Bright, a social worker for Cobb County Schools whose daughter belongs to the troop, helped the kids put together the packs. They included items such as “Johnny Bravo” and “TOP Cat” jump drives, along with colored pencils, markers, pencil sharpeners and a deck of cards.

“One of my favorite things in the world is to see the smiling faces of kids who are learning the joy of service by contributing to Simple Needs GA,” Brenda said. “Thanks so much to Monica and St. Catherine’s!”

GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE AT OUR OPEN HOUSE!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for our Open House on Sat., April 29, when our visitors were able to see firsthand what we do. At this most recent Open House, three of our former furniture clients dropped by with their kids (not to mention a cute Chihuahua named Bubbles) to hang out and share stories about how SNGA has improved their lives.

One of our guests came by specifically to speak face-to-face with these clients. After hearing their stories, she wrote us a check for $300! A couple of other visitors made generous donations as well.

During the three-hour event, SNGA board members gave tours of the space to show off the Comfort Kits, cleaning supplies, toys and birthday inventory, no-sew blankets, winter gear and other life-improving items we routinely provide to people in need across Cobb County. For some of the newcomers, the warehouse tours were eye opening. They made comments such “this is so organized,” “I didn’t realize you did all of this,” or “I now know exactly what to donate to you.” On one table, we displayed examples of some typical items a child might receive as part of our My Birthday Matters program. Visitors touring the space were impressed; several said something along the lines of “Wow! They get all that?”

The event was such a success that we agreed to do another one in the fall. We hope to see you then!

SNGA WINS $9K GRANT FROM CCF!

For the third year in a row, Simple Needs GA has received a generous grant from the Cobb Community Foundation! The funding will go toward birthday presents, new shoes and food for children, as well as duffel bags filled with full-sized toiletries for people living in Cobb County shelters. Click here to read our press release about the grant. Thanks, CCF!