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Ways you can help your neighbors this holiday season
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Toys are organized at a Toys for Tots donation center in Gainesville, on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Nonprofits and other organizations offer numerous opportunities to help those in need. Here are just a few of the ways you can help others this holiday season. If you have information about other charitable giving opportunities, please submit information to with the subject line "holiday giving." 

Help children in foster care

The South Hall Rotary Club is collecting new pajamas for children in foster care in Hall County. Pajamas for ages newborn to 17 can be dropped off through Nov. 27 at the following locations:

  • Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Gainesville

  • Memorial Park South Funeral Home & Cemetery

  • Memorial Park - Riverside Chapel

  • Sean Childers State Farm Agent

Age groups with the most need are those in middle and high school. Monetary donations are also accepted.

The civic club is partnering with the nonprofit Jambos, which works to bring awareness to the difficulties children face when entering foster care. Children often enter the system suddenly, meaning they cannot bring their belongings with them.

Donations will be presented to Jambo Nov. 28. Pajamas will be distributed at a foster care Christmas party in December and the remaining pajamas will be available to local child-placing agencies.

Help children in migrant education program

The Migrant Student Union at the University of North Georgia is collecting toys for children in Hall County’s migrant education program.

Toys and gifts can be dropped off through Nov. 16 at the following buildings at UNG’s Gainesville campus:

  • Student Center

  • Martha T. Nesbitt

  • Loyd Stickland Academic

  • Administration

  • J. Foster Watkins

  • Dunlap Mathis

The children who would receive the gifts include 80 boys and 82 girls in pre-K through fifth grades, 45 boys and 41 girls in middle school and 55 boys and 50 girls in high school.