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Help others to get into the Christmas spirit with this (growing) list of places to volunteer and donate
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Lynette Croy, right, and Anne Ayers go through a box of donated toys at Family Promise of Hall County Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, shortly after the items were dropped off at their Riverside Drive offices. - photo by Scott Rogers

The holiday season is right around the corner, so check out how you can give back to the community this upcoming month.

American Red Cross

Whether it’s giving blood, money, or time, the American Red Cross has multiple opportunities to give back this holiday season. Gifts that help disaster victims such as blankets and infant care supplies are very appreciated. Monetary donations can be made to buy vaccinations for children worldwide. 

Where: 675 White Sulphur Road, Suite 230, Gainesville

Contact: 770-532-8453 

Angel Tree Program 

The Salvation Army is known for their bell-ringers and hospital visits around Christmas time. The Angel Tree Program goes one step further and puts new clothes and toys under the tree for many children who don’t usually have a Christmas. Anonymous donors “adopt” a child for the season, and buy their presents. You can also donate money that will go toward hospital visits, meal delivery, grocery and food assistance, and much more. 

Where: 711 Dorsey St., Gainesville 

Contact: 770-534-7589 or andre.pereira@uss.salvationarmy.org 

Christmas Promise Store 

Family Promise of Hall County is accepting toy donations through Dec. 6. New toys can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Family Promise Day Center. Toys purchased online at Amazon or Target can be delivered directly to Family Promise. 

Where: 1001 Riverside Drive, Suite B, Gainesville 

Contact: 770-535-0786 or anne@familypromisehall.org 

Empty Stocking Fund 

The Gainesville Jaycees are selling raffle tickets in order to raise money that will allow Hall County children to receive presents such as clothes, shoes, and toys. There will be three December raffle drawings with monetary prizes, the Grand Prize being $2,500. 

Where: Gainesville Jaycees, P.O. Box 126, Gainesville 

Contact: 770-532-7714 or gainesvillejcs@gmail.com

Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The bank’s Food Rescue Program takes in food that is “unsalable” and redistributes it to partner agencies in the area. Donations of canned food such as canned fruit, peanut butter, canned meat and pasta are the most needed items. If you or someone you know is a farmer with excess crops, donations of simple fruits and vegetables are also greatly appreciated!

Where: 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive, Gainesville 

Contact: 770-534-1800 or steve@gamountainfoodbank.org 

Good News at Noon

This homeless men’s shelter runs off of 100% donations, yet serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and lunch on the weekends. Donations of food are always appreciated and needed, as well as volunteers to serve meals throughout the week. They also offer showers and a laundry facility daily, so toiletries are also needed. A list of the most needed items can be found on their website at goodnewsatnoon.org

Where: 979 Davis St., Gainesville 

Contact: 770-503-1366 or djohnson@goodnewsatnoon.org 

Hall is Home 

This organization is making the wish of approximately 400 children currently in Hall County Department of Family and Children Services and also those served by the Court Appointed Special Advocate program come true. The goal is to fulfill each child’s wishlist and to have a Christmas celebration for them on Dec. 15. The link to donate and wishlists for the children are available at hallishomeforkids.com.

Where: 4704 Melbourne Trail, Flowery Branch 

Contact: 678-696-0807 or hallishomeforkids@gmail.com 

My Sister’s Place 

A non-profit women and children’s shelter such as this one, relies on the community to stay open. My Sister’s Place offers basic needs for people to get back on their feet and to find support. Preparing a meal for these women is a great way to give back to the community this holiday season. Meals should be prepared off-site and should serve around 15. If cooking isn’t your forte, there is also volunteer opportunities on-site 9 a.m-1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday.

Where: 2480 Martin Luther King Blvd., Gainesville 

Contact: 770-532-5111

We Care Hall

We Care’s Christmas Project seeks out Hall County school children whose families do not qualify for public assistance. Through donations, We Care is able to provide two outfits, one pair of shoes, and toys for each child in the program. Monetary donations are extremely appreciated. The link can be found on the website at wecarehall.org

Where: 615 Oak St., Suite 1300, Gainesville 

Contact: wecarechristmas@gmail.com 

Home for Christmas

The Northeast Georgia Latino Chamber of Commerce is soliciting donations to buy materials needed to remodel a local family’s home ahead of Christmas. The chamber screened applicants to select the Edwards family of Squires Road. With an applicant selected and more than 20 organizations volunteering labor and expertise, the chamber just needs donations to complete the remodel.

Where: 912 Atlanta Highwy, Gainesville

Contact: 470-290-8676 or office@neglatinochamber.com

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