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Local nonprofit collects gifts for children
by Angela Spencer
December 12, 2012 10:03 AM | 3276 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Moms and dads across the country are out buying holiday gifts for their kids, but what about those kids who are currently homeless?

The Children’s Restoration Network works to serve homeless children and mothers across metro Atlanta and is currently in the middle of its holiday campaign called the 12 Days of Caring.

The nonprofit is collecting new toys and clothes for more than 2,700 kids in shelters or group homes.

“The little kids are worried Santa won’t find them since they’re not at home,” said Children’s Restoration Network CEO Cliff Kinsey.

For several years, The School Box in Alpharetta has been one of the drop points for the campaign.

“The School Box likes to participate in the community,” said store manager Julie Bannister. “We’ve had a lot of success in the past, and last year one couple came in with three shopping carts of clothes to donate.”

The School Box is offering an incentive for shoppers who donate: 20 percent of their entire purchase if they buy a toy in the store to donate.

“It’s a great incentive and a great cause,” Bannister said.

Toys will be collected through Tuesday, and Children’s Restoration Network President Jim Cox said volunteers will be wrapping and dividing up the gifts the next day. Last year over 1,000 came to wrap and personalize gifts, and they are still looking for volunteers for this year.

“You can really feel the spirit of Christmas,” he said.

Donations can be new toys and dolls, board games, books or gift cards. Cox said the older kids like to get clothes as well.

“We want to make sure the kids have a few normal times like kids who are with their parents,” he said.

“We want to make sure they receive new toys and gifts.”

The gifts are being collected at Atlanta-area School Box stores, the Children’s Restoration Network office at 11285 Elkins Road in Roswell, all Fulton County Northside Hospital locations and Northside Pediatric in Alpharetta.

After the holiday season, Children’s Restoration Network is always looking for volunteers to help with their mentoring and career preparation programs.

Information: (770) 649-7117 or visit

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