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Thanksgiving food drive set for area’s homeless children
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October 30, 2013 11:14 AM | 2572 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Children’s Restoration Network is hosting its nineteenth annual Thanksgiving food drive for Metro Atlanta’s homeless children. The goal of the drive is to provide a Thanksgiving meal for more than 3,000 homeless children and homeless women with children living in one of the 134 shelters and group homes that CRN serves throughout the 20 Metro Atlanta county areas. In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, CRN wants to stock up the food pantries of the shelters and group homes, not only with basic foods, but also with foods that kids enjoy, such as snacks, crackers and chips.

Many of the shelters and group homes that CRN works with have a hairline budget, and many do not have a surplus of funds to provide holiday meals.

Cliff Kinsey, CEO of CRN, said, “If I was waking up Thanksgiving morning, living in a battered women’s shelter with my mom, or was living in a group home without any family, I would have a hard time being thankful for much of anything. This campaign absolutely ensures that these mothers and children have a bountiful meal for the Thanksgiving holidays.”

Members of the CRN encourage companies, churches, social civic groups, neighborhoods and individuals to help generate the food needed to reach their goal. Those wishing to help will be provided with signs, boxes and flyers to help ease the task of hosting a food drive. Individuals can also make food donations. Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from various collection sites and deliver food to shelters and group homes that do not have a way to pick up the food collected for them. Volunteers are also needed Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 to help sort the food that has already been collected. This sorting will take place at 10 Mansell Court East in Roswell from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Nov. 24, it will be from 10:30 a.m. to whenever the sorting is finished. There is also a limited need for volunteers who want to cook and serve food on Thanksgiving Day.

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