Note: We wish we could help every child at Christmas but it’s not possible due to the size of our program. We help only via referrals from certain school social workers and agencies in mid- to late-December.
Simple Needs GA’s Spirit of Christmas program aims to “fill in the gaps” by helping families in Cobb County who were unable to register for other local programs. This program is a great way to get your kids involved in understanding needs in this area. An unexpected emergency—an apartment fire, an eviction notice, the loss of a job, the list is long—can create situations where families suddenly find that they can’t afford Christmas gifts for their kids and haven’t registered for other programs, Brenda says. “We came across this in 2014; school social workers came to us to ask for help with Christmas for families. Now, through referrals from certain social workers and agencies in Cobb County starting in mid-December, families can can get help from us when they weren’t able to register or their situation changed late in the year.” Note that we help those with a referral only (we suggest the alternate programs for others). We wish we could help everyone!
In 2015, SNGA created The Spirit of Christmas program and started soliciting donations from SNGA’s amazing donors and volunteers. In 2015, we put smiles on 86 children’s faces and in 2016, 150! In 2017, 158. In 2018, 161. In 2019, 178 kids in 62 families. 2020 and 2021, 300 kids in over 100 families.
By mid to late November each year, SNGA will be seeking sponsors and volunteers to help organize and then deliver to the kids. We typically are working up until Christmas Eve to ensure we help as many as we can.
To sign up to sponsor a child or help in any other way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support of people in need!