The need for donations tends to spike around this time, especially with food, said Terri Medina, director of marketing and communications for St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Instead of being able to participate in Black Friday shopping or plan extravagant holiday meals, many families are having trouble meeting basic needs.
“We tend to forget that there are people who are still struggling, who can’t make it from payday to payday paying their bills, and then [they] have to decide, ‘Do I pay the light bill or do I feed the kids?’”
Wednesday and Thursday, the organization will be spreading some holiday cheer to less fortunate families by gifting children with Christmas presents, the culmination of its annual holiday toy drive.
“We try to give one to two toys per child per family,” Medina said. “We have some families that will come in and they may have five or six kids and it’s difficult for them to shop for the holidays. We work in conjunction with Toys for Tots.”
Although the group is no longer in need of toys, Medina said there is always a need for financial donations or donations to the nonprofit’s food pantries and thrift stores. In DeKalb County, St. Vincent de Paul operates food pantries and thrift stores in Chamblee and Stone Mountain.
Donors can drop off non-perishable food items or gently-used clothing and household items or they can donate money and have the nonprofit purchase needed items, usually at discounted prices, Medina said.
She added St. Vincent de Paul has been involved in the community for more than 100 years and helped more than 201,000 people just in the last year with food, financial support, education and training.
Where to donate:
Chamblee food pantry: 2050-C Chamblee Tucker Road
Chamblee thrift store: 5463 Peachtree Road
Stone Mountain food pantry/thrift store: 4871 Memorial Drive