The holiday season can certainly be a trying time for a lot of people. Though it is characterized by sweet memories for many, for some it is a reminder of loss or need in certain areas of life. This holiday season, I would like to challenge the citizens of Georgia’s 73rd District to put others before ourselves and find the joy that comes from giving time and resources to our community. There are several places and opportunities to serve throughout District 73, whether your service is through a monetary donation, donation of clothing or toys, or even food. Another simple way to give is with your time through a church, food pantry, or other organization whose mission is to serve the less fortunate members of our community.

Griffin: Canned Food Drive
The city of Griffin is hosting a canned food drive beginning Monday, December 11th. The donations, which will be accepted through Friday, December 15th, will be donated to the Salvation Army to assist others in the community during the holiday season. Citizens of Griffin non-perishable food items in a bag and place it on top of their recycling bin. If you have any questions concerning this food drive, or you would like more information, please contact the City of Griffin Solid Waste Division by calling (770) 229-6421.

Fayetteville: Toys for Tots
The Toys for Tots Campaign was started by the United States Marine Corps with the mission of collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to children in the community in which the campaign occurs. Fayetteville is currently accepting donation to be given to children in need in the Fayetteville area. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be made to Fayetteville City Hall. The donation box is located in the customer service area of the lobby. This box was placed here by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1325 that serves both Fayette and Coweta Counties.

Spalding, Fayette, and Henry Counties: Toy Donations to DFCS
The Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) serves our community by investigating reports of child abuse. They also find foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children. This means we have families in our community fostering children in their homes this holiday season that will need gifts! This is a great chance for us to rally around the amazing individuals in our community working to give these children a place to belong. To donate new or gently used toys or clothes to the foster care system, contact your county’s DFCS.

One of the great things about District 73 is the number of organizations and individuals creating opportunities for us to think of the members of our community that are often forgotten during this time of the year. I’m so proud to represent people that value putting others first!

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