By Carol from Atlanta, GA
Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity announces the kickoff of our Christmas Angels Program on November 1st through which we provide Christmas to 100s of area children who would not otherwise have anything under the tree on Christmas morning.
Since we receive no funding we rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of our community & this year we expect over 1000 children. We have volunteers to pickup donated toys (new& lightly used), bikes, baby needs, gifts for older children, warm clothing, food for holiday baskets, computers, laptops & other electronics such as mp3 players, ipods, tablets, etc. Donations can also be made via paypal on our website: angelswithfaithministries.beep.com
We are hosting a 1 day Christmas Angels festival & Toy drive fundraiser event at Jug tavern Park & Pavilion on December 1st from 7 am until 7 pm. We have live music being played all day by local groups country, gospel & Christmas music, free moonwalks, facepainting & of course Santa for the kids. A Cutest Kids contest (everyone is welcome to enter those cute kids see details on our website) with the grand prize being donated by Disney World Orlando, games, a bake sale (donations needed by November 30th please), silent auctions for authentic autographed Nascar, music & sports legends, raffles all day for those who donate new toys, bikes (new or lightly used), food, gift cards, or by credit card, check or cash for every donation you will receive a raffle ticket for these drawings to be held every 30 minutes for great prizes donated by area merchants.
We will also have our Angel Tree from which you can choose a family or families to adopt or sponsor for Christmas & choose to meet & work with that family personally or through us. All donations are tax deductible & 100% of all donations go directly to providing Christmas gifts, warm clothing & holiday food baskets to Georgia children. Please come out & show your support & love for Georgia's littlest angels! Applications for Christmas assistance available through DFCS & also children's hospital, disabled military groups, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, etc & can also be emailed to us here after November 1st. You must live in Georgia, have a true financial need for assistance & you must not be receiving Christmas help from anywhere else, we will check.
If you are a vendor & would like to reserve a spot to sell your arts & crafts, Christmas items, etc. please call asap deadline is November 22nd we have 15 spots available for a $25 donation you can have a spot for the busiest shopping weekend of the month. You must provide your own tables & all vendors must remember that we are a Christian charity so no profanity, etc. will be sold.
Lori, director 678-754-1541/Rev Michael Tuck 678-754-2337 volunteers Avis 678-887-1988 Vickie 770-990-4579
email angelswithfaithministriesgeorgia AT yahoo.com
I live in georgia and am having difficulty too. I would suggest toys for tots which you can actually request toys on their website also salvation army or united way. when i called the salvation army they said they take their request in the first week of October and believe most charities take theirs around the same time so You actually have to plan to sign up a few months before Christmas in order to really get help. Just to let you know for next year to start signing up in september or october before christmas at those places.
I have volunteered for a national charity called Love, INC. They have branches all over the country. Please click on this link and then click on your state and contact one near you. They will be happy to help you!
If there is not one in your exact city, call them anyway. They have many connections to other organizations who can and will help.
The charities that you may want to check out in your neck of the woods are Salvation Army and Toys for tots. In our area (Wisconsin), Salvation army will probably do an adopt a family program. Your and your kids names will be hung as an ornament on a Christmas tree in a nearby mall. someone will pick your name and then buy presents for your family, get food for the family and get Christmas decorations/tree for the family. Many people have benefited from the program. I do not know if Georgia Salvation Armys do this exact same program but it doesn't hurt to ask. Also many food pantries in your neighborhood will probably provide the fixings for a Christmas dinner. Some charities will probably do a Christmas meal on Christmas day. I knew of one pantry that told people to cut down the trees on their property and use em as Christmas trees one year.
Like I said before, it doesn't hurt to investigate or ask around. Good luck and I hope your holiday dreams come true for you and your family.
Most places that help have income guidelines, and I have worked in non-profit place several years ago and people that came in asking for help were amazed that the income guidelines were so low, and these people were way above the guidelines and thought they were hardup. I'm sure your kids would be satisfied with one small gift each. I start shopping for my two daughters and four grandkids in January, that is the only way I can afford to do it.
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