When Big Canoe Chapel’s Benevolence Committee issued a plea in December for help to “Restock the Shelves” of several local nonprofit organizations, the Big Canoe community stepped up in a very big way.
Since 2021 continues to be a tough year for local nonprofits that have been hit especially hard as they continue to serve a growing number of people in need, a spring drive has been scheduled for April 17-25. Collection bins/boxes for needed material items will be at the chapel in Cousins Hall (main floor across from chapel offices). Hours for drop-off are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Please remember: Face masks are required in chapel facilities. The following organizations currently have urgent needs.
Appalachian Children’s Center is an advocacy center working with children who have been abused, maltreated or are at risk. The center supports the judicial circuit that includes three North Georgia counties. Urgent needs include: Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, canned foods (soups, veggies, mac ’n’ cheese), family-sized foods to send home, Kleenex, toilet paper, gas cards (Walmart, $10 each) and small fleece blankets.
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia is part of a national organization providing a safe environment for afterschool activities for children of all ages. Urgent needs include: Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, loose-leaf paper and crayons.
North Georgia Family Partners works closely with the Division of Family & Children Services, providing home visitation services to Pickens County’s most at-risk families with children aged 4 and under. Parent Educators provide training in child development, discipline, health, nutrition, safety, sleep and parent/child interaction. Urgent needs include: Diapers—newborn, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Kleenex, baby supplies (lotion, bath supplies, etc.), individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes and bottled water.
No One Alone provides emergency shelter and support services, including trauma counseling, legal advocacy, financial services and life skills training to victims of domestic violence in Dawson and Lumpkin counties. Urgent needs include: Paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
The Pregnancy Center is a faith-based ministry in Pickens and neighboring counties providing pregnancy services (testing, childbirth classes, prenatal nutrition), court-approved classes in parenting, family skills, life skills and fatherhood. Urgent needs include: Diapers—3 to 6 months; boys’ summer clothes for newborn/3-6 months/6-9 months including onesies, rompers, shirts and pants; shirts, pants, pajamas for 12 months; girls’ clothes for newborn/3-6 months/6-9 months including onesies, rompers, dresses, pants, tops and skirts; and clothes for 12 months including dresses, pants, tops and skirts.
Ruth House provides a six- to 24-month residential program for women with addiction, offering counseling, healing, life skills, job search and placement, and support to their families. Urgent needs include: Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, 13- and 30-gallon garbage bags, LED 60W light bulbs, letter-size envelopes, Avery #5162 labels, and Home Depot and Walmart gift cards.
Timothy House is a residential drug and alcohol treatment program in Talking Rock. Residents are carefully screened, pay tuition and are required to be involved in community activities, including volunteering at food banks, thrift stores and helping those in need with moving and yardwork. Developing practical skills in conjunction with treatment helps individuals overcome addiction and become productive members of their communities. Urgent needs include: Men’s shoes (new or gently used), men’s work boots, men’s socks, paper goods and cleaning supplies.
Young Life Pickens County’s mission is to introduce pre-teens and teens to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Volunteers walk alongside students as they are faced with broken homes, divorced parents, death of a friend, problems at school, families facing severe financial problems, peer pressure and the struggle of being a teenager in an ever-changing world. Urgent needs include: Snack-sized bags of chips, cookies and/or individually wrapped candy; 12-packs of Coke, Sprite and Dr. Pepper; bottled water; printer paper; paper towels; and colored markers.
Thank you for helping those in need!