‘Tis the season to give thanks and spread 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 add more as we hear of them, but these will get your holiday spirit moving.
Stockings for Seniors
Help make Christmas merry and bright for senior citizens who may not have friends or family that visit them during the holidays. HOTC will be collecting “stocking stuffers” such as blanket or throws, puzzle books, flashlights, nail clippers, chapstick, ensure, and gift cards that will be given to SOWEGA Council on Aging. We are trying to collect enough items for their 61 clients. Please bring items to the HOTC office located at 120 E. Monroe Street, Monday-Friday between 8AM-4PM. Drop off deadline is December 13.
TCCHS SWAYJ Event
Thomas County Central High School will be hosting their annual SWAYJ (Shop With A Yellow Jacket) event on Saturday, December 11. Help support the students by making a donation. All donations go directly to help buy gifts for the younger students they will be shopping with. To make a donation, please reach out to Leonard Guyton before December 11.
The Treehouse Advocacy Center
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. Drop off deadline is December 3.
The Salvation Army
Angel Tree – Adopt an Angel Tree child. Call (229) 226-3772 or e-mail to adopt a child for Christmas. 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.
Canned Food Drive – Help the Salvation Army to meet the needs in our community. Bring donations to 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.
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. Call (229) 226-3772 to get started.
Thomas County Food Bank
What will be on your holiday table? Thomas County Food Bank is asking for donations of canned and packaged food to provide clients the basics for a simple holiday meal. Also, if you have fruit from your trees (orange, lemon, etc.), that you would like to donate, the Food Bank would be very grateful for donations! 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.
The Butler-Mason 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.
Thomasville History Center
The Thomasville History Center invites you to decorate a mantle, tablescape, or complete Christmas tree (star to skirt) celebrating the unique history, culture, and natural habitat of the Red Hills region. Decorations may reflect your organization’s mission or purpose and each display’s creator will be identified for the public to see. The decorations will be on display throughout the Lapham-Patterson House for the duration of the holiday season. Click here for more information and to register.
Toys For Tots
Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots drive. Toys can be dropped at the following locations until December 10:
- Ponders Office Supply located at 117 N. Madison Street, Monday – Friday between 9AM-5PM.
- Beef ‘O’ Brady’s located at 1508 E. Jackson Street, Monday -Sunday between 11AM-10PM.
- Imagination Emporium located at 101 N. Broad Street, Tuesday – Saturday between 10AM-6PM.
Thomas County Foster Kids
Flowers Honda and Flowers Nissan will be collecting toys for the Thomas County Foster Kids program. Donations of new and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 1610 East Jackson Street and you’ll even receive a 10% discount to be applied to any service. Drop off deadline is December 19.
Hands On Thomas County
Your financial support is vital to the success of our mission. Although volunteer power is our main resource, the truth is, without the funds to coordinate, organize and implement, we cannot get the job done properly. Your donation helps us help others. When you give, you are rewarded physically, spiritually, and emotionally; and a local non-profit and its clients receive much needed hands-on help. Make a tax-deductible end of year gift here.