‘Tis the season to give thanks for all that you have, and to spread the cheer to those in need. Help make the holidays merry for kids and others in our community by giving to one (or more) of these organizations devoted to helping others. We will be adding more as we hear of them, but these will get your holiday spirit moving!
The Giving Tree – Purchase wish list items or make a donation for someone to purchase items on your behalf to benefit a child who is a victim of abuse or neglect. Call The Treehouse at (229) 236-5437 or e-mail for wish list, sizes, etc.
Angel Tree – Adopt an Angel Tree child. Call 226-3772 or e-mail to adopt a child for Christmas. Deadline is 12/8. Click here for specific needs. If you are not able to “adopt” a child, you may also make donations from the wish list and drop off at The Salvation Army at 514 N. Madison Street.
Stuff a Stocking – Stop by The Salvation Army to adopt a senior citizen for Christmas and pick up a stocking. Fill the stocking with these recommended items. If you are not able to “adopt” a senior citizen , you may also simply drop off donations from the wish list. Deadline is 12/1.
Adopt A Family – Help make the holidays happy for a family in need by giving food, gifts, etc. The Salvation Army will match you with a family in crisis. Deadline is 12/15.
”Hands & Hearts for Horses isn’t just a place for therapy or riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. It’s therapy for parents and families as well. It is a life changing place……” – parent of HHH rider
The holiday tree at Hands & Hearts includes opportunities to donate items such as learning supplies that directly assist riders in their lessons and tack such as halters and saddle pads for their wonderful therapy horses. There is also a Wish List on Amazon you can look over. For more information, e-mail Susie or call (229) 551-0086.
The YMCA has a Santa Tree in their Child Care department. Some families in their program don’t have the ability to provide Christmas gifts for their children. The Santa Tree provides the hope of receiving toys, clothes, or other items to make Christmas happen. For many kids, the gifts they receive through the Santa Tree will be the only ones they open on Christmas Day! Contact Bebe at (229) 226-6082 or via e-mail for more information. Deadline is 12/19.
The Georgia State Patrol (Thomasville Post #12) at 4800 U. S. Hwy. 84 Bypass is collecting toys for the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program. Need some additional information? Click here! Donations of new and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Thomasville Georgia State Patrol Post any time Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Deadline is 12/15.
This organization provides residential and community mental health services for at-risk youth ranging from 11-18 years old. This year they are proving stockings to their children – 10 females, 25 males. Items needed for the stockings: books, pens, pencils, markers, hair/beauty/shower products (lip gloss, nail polish, etc.), socks, gloves and slippers. Also welcome: candy, cards, board games, puzzle books (sudoku, word finder, crosswords) sports themed items, legos, and gift cards (no more than $10). Items may be dropped off at 1815 E. Clay Street. Contact Liz at (229) 226-4634 for more information.
Be a Santa to a Senior – Stop by Publix and select and ornament from the Christmas tree to give needy, deserving Seniors in our community joy and happiness during the Christmas season. The Seniors live throughout Thomas County and are served by Scott Senior Center, Rose City Rehab/Nursing Home, or Glenn-Mor Nursing Home. Once you select an ornament, purchase the suggested items, wrap them, and attach the original paper ornament to the outside of the gift. Drop off your wrapped gift at the Publix Customer Service desk. Home Instead Senior Care will retrieve the gifts and distribute them to the designated Seniors. Many of these Seniors do not receive any other gifts at Christmas. Last year, 190 gifts were delivered. This year, their goal is to deliver 233 gifts of joy with the help of generous Thomas County residents. For more information, contact Judy at (229) 236-2275 or via e-mail.
What will be on your holiday table? The Food Bank is asking for donations of canned and packaged food to provide clients the basics for a simple holiday meal. Donations can be dropped off at 430 N. Broad Street on Monday afternoons, or Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Contact Janice at 226-7038 or e-mail for more information.
JSL of Thomasville is a non profit organization that caters to the needs of children in Thomasville and Thomas County. This holiday season, JSL is hoping to raise enough funds to provide 6 children in need with an eye exam and glasses. Stop by Mary Madison, Blush Salon and Spa or JB Crumbs to purchase a tree ornament or make a donation. All money raised goes directly to the eyeglass endowment. For more information, contact Mariam Mirabzadeh or Amelia Gallo. Deadline is January 1.