Wednesday, November 18, 2009


ALPHARETTA, GA – Recognizing that there are literally thousands of families in desperate need of assistance during the holiday season, Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from November 27 through December 19 at all 43 branches in metro Atlanta.

“Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life in North Georgia, supporting those institutions and programs that make the communities we serve desirable places to live and work. Our branch teams are excited to embrace a local charity this season by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families. We are hoping that all children will have a joyous holiday this year,” said Kessel Stelling, President and CEO of Bank of North Georgia.

Each branch selected a local charity to support as outlined below. Customers and local residents can participate in the Holiday Toy Drive by bringing new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to the following Bank of North Georgia branches:

Buford - Gwinnett Children's Shelter. This organization grew out of a volunteer effort involving the PTA, business and community leaders and countless individuals who became aware of the growing need for services for the abused and abandoned children of Gwinnett County. Currently, the shelter serves 300-500 children and their families every year.

Canton – Salvation Army of Cherokee County. The Salvation Army Cherokee County Service Center provides emergency food, clothing, lodging, transportation, supplies for infants, prescription vouchers, rent and utility assistance, counseling, and referrals to other more comprehensive Salvation Army crisis centers to individuals and families facing a financial crisis.

Cumming – YMCA of Forsyth County. The YMCA of Forsyth County is an association of volunteers, members and staff, open to and serving all, providing programs and services which develop spirit, mind, and body. The Holiday Giving Tree for Kids is organized through the YMCA, but made possible by a network of local businesses, corporations, churches and civic groups throughout Forsyth County, to provide relief to struggling families with youth by providing clothing, toys, school supplies and gifts of joy during the holiday season.

Jasper - Fill-A-Stocking Program sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club. For 70 years, this club has enjoyed a proud legacy of service in our community and around the state.

Johns Creek - North Fulton Community Charities Santa Shop. The mission of North Fulton Community Charities is to prevent homelessness in North Fulton by supporting families in their homes during short-term emergencies.

Suwanee - Foster Children's Foundation, Inc. This organization serves foster children through its “Clothing and Needs” center, mentoring program, and other projects that are held year round. The FCF’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for foster children in our community and offer them many of the opportunities that non-fostered youth enjoy.

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Norcross - Sheltering Arms. This organization’s mission is to serve working families with high quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services, as well as to provide professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach. BNG’s Norcross branch is accepting toys and clothing for children of all ages through December 21.

Woodstock - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Alpharetta, Crabapple, and Roswell - Child Development Association. The CDA serves hardworking parents who are striving to build economic security for their families despite daunting challenges.

Dunwoody - Dunwoody Police Department 1st Annual Christmas for Kids. This holiday season, the Dunwoody Police Department is reaching out and joining forces with Dunwoody citizens, businesses, and officers alike to make this Christmas a memorable one for the many children of Dunwoody who are less fortunate.

Sandy Springs - Community Action Center. The Community Action Center provides assistance to individuals and families residing in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. By providing targeted assistance to families during a time of crisis, CAC strives to reduce the number of families and individuals who become homeless or are unable to provide for basic necessities. BNG’s Sandy Springs branch will be collecting toys for the Community Action Center until December 11, 2009.

Buckhead - Warren B. Whitehead Boys and Girls Club. The organization’s mission is to provide a quality developmental program which empowers metro Atlanta youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to become productive adults.

Chastain Road/Kennesaw, Atlanta/Galleria, Marietta/Powers Ferry and Marietta/Johnson Ferry - The Center for Family Resources. This organization’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families, and communities to become self-sufficient by providing temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis, housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment, and education and training to individuals and the community.

Marietta/Roswell Street-Cobb Christmas. Cobb Christmas is a non-profit, non-denominational organization, solely dedicated to helping the low-income and working-poor families of Cobb County during the holiday season. In October, the organization pre-registered 1,200 families with over 3,300 children.

Conyers – Parker Road and Sigman Road - Toys for Tots - Heritage High Schools ROTC. BNG’s branches at Parker Road and Sigman Road in Conyers will be collecting toys for the Heritage High School ROTC toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Covington – East Covington, Newton Plaza, and Salem Road - Toys for Tots - Newton High School ROTC. BNG’s East Covington, Newton Plaza and Salem Road branches will be collecting toys for the Newton High School ROTC toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Fayetteville - Fayetteville Police Department’s Shop with a Cop Program. Shop with a Cop is a nationwide program that partners law enforcement officers with needy children during a special holiday shopping trip.

Peachtree City - Peachtree City Fire Department. The toys collected by the bank’s Peachtree City branch will be distributed by the Marine Reserve to local military families in need.

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McDonough and Stockbridge/Eagle’s Landing - Connecting Henry. Connecting Henry exists as an advocate for the well-being of children, youth and families in Henry County, and as a planning and coordinating agency for services and programs directed at improving child health, child development, family function, school performance, and family economic capacity.

Riverdale - Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services. The mission of the Department of Family and Children Services is to assist families and individuals to provide the care, protection and experiences essential to their well being.

Tyrone - Tyrone Police Department’s Shop with a Cop Program. Shop with a Cop is a nationwide program that partners law enforcement officers with needy children during a special holiday shopping trip.

Tucker - Breaking Down Walls Ministries. This organization serves underprivileged families in the Tucker area.

Bankhead, Carrollton/South Park and College Street – The Sertoma Club’s Empty Stocking Fund. The Carroll County Sertoma Club was chartered in 1986 and is part of the North Georgia District of Sertoma International. This all-volunteer civic service organization includes business and civic leaders who wish to make a difference in the lives of Carroll County residents.

Bowdon - Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries. This is a joint venture of churches in the Bowdon area that has evolved into a comprehensive service center providing prayer, clothing, food, and household assistance for families in the Bowdon school district and members of supporting congregations.

Douglasville/Chapel Hill - Share House. Share House Douglas is a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and the continuum of care to address the causes and effects of family violence.

Douglasville/Church Street – Annette Winn Elementary School. Donations will benefit students of Annette Winn Elementary School many of which were affected by the recent floods.

Douglasville/Stewart Parkway - Boys and Girls Club of Douglasville. For more than 70 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. BGCMA enriches the lives of girls and boys that other youth agencies fail to reach.

Hiram – Paulding Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Tallapoosa, Bremen, Temple - Hands of Creation is a food bank located in Bremen and Carrollton. This organization serves Haralson County, part of Carroll County and some families from Cleburne County, Alabama. Hands of Creation’s toy drive will benefit Toys for Tots. For information, visit

Villa Rica – Marine Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.


  1. Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity in Winder,Georgia 30680 helping families in crisis,need or after disasters through the tax deductible donations of Angels.
    Our annual Christmas Angels Program kicks off November 1st you can adopt a family in need for Christmas in Georgia or sponsor a family in need through us or donate Toys(new & lightly used,)warm clothing,shoes,coats,Bikes,Baby needs&diapers,gift cards,Food for holiday food baskets,electronics for older children,working computers of any kind, or make a monetary donation via paypal on our websites or by mail or in person to help us provide Christmas to 100s of Georgias little angels in true need.ALL donations are tax deductible for full value & 100% of ALL donations go directly to helping those in true need.We receive 100s of families every year sent to us by DFCS,Toys for Tots,Angel Tree,Operation Christmas child,Salvation Army,Goodwill,the Military,Schools,Churches etc as well as caring neighbors,friends & family members & also help anyone in Georgia in TRUE need of Christmas assistance.To receive Christmas help you must live in Georgia,have a TRUE financial need for Christmas assistance & not be receiving Christmas help from anywhere else(this will be checked) & be able to pickup your families Christmas here in Winder GA 30680 the week of Christmas on a specified date if your family is not adopted or sponsored.Our goal is to not turn anyone away like the Big charities do but since we receive NO funding at all & rely strictly on tax deductible donations from Angels we can only help as many as donations allow.Last year we were BLESSED to be able to provide Christmas to over 300 families & this year we expect many many more since we are already getting calls in June & we need Christmas Angels to help us make this year another success.You can choose to adopt a family for Christmas & actually meet them & work with them personally or through us ,either way it is tax deductible for every cent that you spend.It broke my heart last year when we were receiving the childrens Santa wish lists & almost half of them had warm clothes & food at the top instead of toys so this year we are working hard to provide warm clothing & Holiday Food Baskets to each & every family along with the childrens Christmas.If you would like to be a Christmas Angel please contact us anytime to get on our Angels list email is Our websites built & run by volunteers are & We are a small group of volunteers working to make a BIG difference in the lives of families in true need but we cant do it without your help & donations. Contact Lori Tuck 678-754-1541 or Rev Michael Tuck at 678-754-2337 anytime Lets all give Georgias littlest angels something good to look forward to on Christmas morning Thank you & GOD BLESS!!
    We have volunteers available 7 days a week for donation pickup within 60 miles of Winder GA 30680 we arein Barrow County, near Gwinnett county,Jackson County,Hall county,Athens,Atlanta, etc & serve all of Georgia Our Federal EIN number is 27-1972461

  2. Angels with Faith Ministries has moved to our new permanent location at 198 Dogwood Lane Cleveland GA 30528 We have already begun to pickup Christmas donations as we do every year in July gearing up for a very busy Christmas season.We help children in all of Georgia& never turn a child in true need away,our goal is to make sure that NO child in Ga will ever go without something under the tree on Christmas morning,warm clothing & food.We have volunteers to pickup donated toys(new & LIGHTLY used),warm clothing,coats&shoes,baby needs,gifts for teens,electronics,computers of any kind in working condition(kids need them for school & they make an excellent gift for teens),nonperishable food items,wrapping supplies,etc.Our Christmas Angels Program begins each year on November1st but you can sign up at any time to be a Christmas Angel & then hoose your families from our Christmas needs list as families are added beginning on Nov 1st,list is updated several times daily families are added as they come in & removed as they are adopted or sponsored.You can actually choose which families you want to help from the list which includes 1st names,city,each childs name,age,sizes&actual santa wishlist & meet & work with that or those families personally or sponsor them through us& every cent that you spend is tax deductible including gas & mileage for charity.Last year were blessed to help 1083 children&this year we expect many more we are hoping that we have plent of Christmas Angels to help us make sure that they all have a wonderful Christmas.We receive 0 funding & rely only on the tax deductible donations of angels so that we can provide Christmas gifts,warm clothing & holiday food baskets to every child on our needs list,these children live in poverty all year long & truelly deserve a day of joy& happiness & the miracle of Christmas.We all have the power to make a difference & through our unique program you can actually the difference that you are making.100% of EVERY donation through paypal,check,money order,gift card etc from July to December goes toward this program.We hope to have you as a Christmas Angel this year visit our website at we are a certified & registered 501c3 truelly nonprofit(we pay all costs out of pockt&are a home based charity so that 100% of every donation goes to helping those in true need) charity..Donations can also be dropped off here on the front covered porch at anytime all year long.We help families every day of the year & pickup anything in good usable condition,even truckloads

  3. We are Angels with Faith Ministries 501 c3 nonprofit charity and kicked off our 7 th annual Christmas Angels program Nov I St which provides Christmas, warm clothing and food to over 3400 needy northeast ga children every year,we expect over 5000 this year. We receive no funding at all and rely solely on the tax deductible donations of Angels so that we never have to turn away a child in need. You can adopt or sponsor a family or families for Christmas and choose to sponsor them through us or meet and work with them personally, either way it's tax deductible for every cent you spend and such a blessing to all involved. Families are added to our websites Christmas needs list as fast as they come in and are removed as they're adopted or sponsored, families are listed with first name,city each child's name, age,sizes and actual Santa wish list. Families marked with a * can be met and worked with personally all others including our safehouse families must be sponsored through us and we pickup and delivery Christmas for you.Our safehouse families are anonymous due to domestic violence or some sort of horrid abuse situations etc,most are placed in safe gov apts in time for the holidays and are more needy than most families because they are starting over with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these families cannot be met for their safety and are a great choice for work,office,youth and Church groups etc because they need everything and everyone can contribute something, they desperately need groceries and gift cards for personal needs and groceries to last until it is safe for them to go to work or until they can get benefits started,we always suggest adding personal cards or notes to let them know that somebody cares and adding gift cards inside the card etc,lightly used household needs and clothing etc is fine and tax deductible for full retail value. We are also in desperate need of donated toys,bikes,baby needs,diapers,wipes teen gifts,any kind of computers and gaming systems,warm clothing, coats,shoes,wrapping supplies etc, gift cards and monetary donations, also gas cards for our volunteers are greatly appreciated, lightly used is fine and all donations are tax deductible for full retail value, volunteers are available 7 days a week to pickup donations. Monetary donations and gift cards can be mailed to 512 Allen Dr Lawrenceville Georgia 30043 donated items can be dropped off at the Pods storage unit at the same address, no need to knock,please include name and address so that our volunteers can promptly mail your tax deductible donation receipt.
    We also need Thanksgiving donations, Hams,Turkeys,potatoes, veggies,canned goods,Thanksgiving fixings,etc also gift cards to help us purchase Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of needy families who won't have anything on the table Thanksgiving day as we sit down to our huge feasts these families will have nothing. You can also adopt or sponsor a family for Thanksgiving, its tax deductible for every cent you spend.Fresh frozen or canned food is fine we have plenty of volunteers with plenty of storage space.
    Our website is look for the Christmas needs tab. To adopt or sponsor a family for Christmas email or text our director Lori Tuck at with families name and city and if possible whether you choose to meet and work with them personally or sponsor them through us.
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