Twenty-four specialists’ offices across Georgia — including 18 in metro Atlanta — will participate in the drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Totes 2 Tots delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia — from infants to teenagers — many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags during frequent relocations.
The annual volunteer event was first launched by the specialists’ center in 2003 and has collected and distributed more than 30,000 bags. Originally held on Martin Luther King Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision and give back to the community, Totes is now held on the Friday before MLK Day as a kickoff to a weekend of service.
“Totes 2 Tots captures the spirit of Georgia Cancer Specialists and our practice-wide commitment to helping others,” Chief Operating Officer Dr. Wendy Hawke Lenz said. “By hosting the event to launch the Martin Luther King weekend, we believe that we honor Dr. King’s dream as we provide tangible reminders to the more than 8,000 foster children in our state that someone cares about them.”
To participate, simply drop off a new or nearly new bag Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the nearest Georgia Cancer Specialists office. The specialists center partners with the Division of Family and Children’s Services to distribute the bags in the counties in which they are collected.
Department of Human Services Commissioner Clyde Reese said the bags serve as tangible reminders to foster children that they are cared about and respected.
“The Department of Human Services is appreciative of Totes 2 Tots and the generosity of those in the community who donate to this worthy cause, helping to bring some measure of comfort and respect to the children who receive these items,” Reese said. “A bag may seem like a small matter but it is most definitely more. We encourage all to consider being a contributor to this program.”
Information: (877) 716-2273 or visit www.gacancer.com.