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North Fulton Community Charities: Donations needed now for holidays
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
October 23, 2013 01:42 PM | 930 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / From left, NFCC holiday coordinators Vandi Montero and Beverly Stonecipher show off donated coats they will be giving to patrons at the annual coat drive.
Staff / Erin Gray / From left, NFCC holiday coordinators Vandi Montero and Beverly Stonecipher show off donated coats they will be giving to patrons at the annual coat drive.
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Thinking about Thanksgiving or Christmas before Halloween is even past can make most people wince.

Not the folks at North Fulton Community Charities.

Right now is prime time for the coordinators of the nonprofit’s annual Holiday Program, a trio of initiatives that provides food, toys and clothing to local families who otherwise might not have the necessities everyone else takes for granted.

“While north Fulton continues to see economic improvement and recovery, there are still many families struggling to work, live and raise a family here,” said NFCC’s Eden Purdy, who heads up the program.

“There is still a shortage of affordable housing and public transportation for the minimum wage earners who help make our community grow and thrive. They are the school bus drivers, the waiters who serve us, and the childcare providers who take care of our children.

“These are the folks that are threatened with homelessness when something happens that disrupts the balance of their life. It can be a medical emergency, a car breaking down or a sick child that keeps a parent home from work.” Assistance from the program helps stabilize low-income families in crisis, Purdy said. “The Holiday Program brings together our community of support with our community in need,” she said.

There are four segments to the program. The first, a warm coat drive and distribution, solicits gently used coats and accessories for both children and adults. Part-time nonprofit holiday coordinators, Vandi Montero and Beverly Stonecipher, have started collecting coats and donations can be made from now through Halloween.

Late October and early November open the Thanksgiving Food Drive. The nonprofit hopes to get enough donations for a Thanksgiving meal for 900 families. Grocery store gift cards and Thanksgiving non-perishable food items are needed from now through Nov. 23.

The final segment of the program happens in December with Christmas Family Sponsorship or a Santa Shop toy drive.

“Sponsors agree to purchase toys and gifts for a family based on a wish list and personal family letter,” Purdy said. “Sponsors are needed for more than 500 families who have qualified for the Holiday Program.”

The Santa Shop gives parents who are not sponsored an opportunity to select new toys and gifts for their children for Christmas.

Montero and Stonecipher are available to answer questions and provide more information about how to get involved. Contact them at (678) 387-4472 or email holiday@nfcchelp.org.

More information about the Holiday Program can also be found at www.nfccholiday.org.

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