Volunteering for Christmas

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Here are some ways you can give back during the Christmas Holiday around metro Atlanta.

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Toys for Tots
Volunteer opportunities include:
-Assisting in the transportation and storage of toys
-Assisting in our local warehouse
-Assisting with meals
For more information on volunteer opportunities email: christmastoys@att.net
To volunteer fill out the application online: northatlanta.toysfortots.org

Global Soap Project
Volunteer opportunities include:
-Sort soap by brand
-Inventory soap in warehouse
-Inspect, sort and clean the previously used soap
-Cut bars of soap
-Pack soap for shipping
-Help with cleaning / housekeeping projects
-Provide transportation for soap pick ups
To volunteer fill out the application online: www.handsonatlanta.org

Buckhead Christian Ministry
Joyus Toys
Volunteers who want to help pass out toys during the event can call (404)239-0058 ext. 111 to get signed up.
If you wish to buy a child a toy for Christmas you can do so by going to Amazon.

Additional volunteer opportunities:
-Food Pantry Volunteers- keep the pantry organized by accepting donations and packing bags of food.
-Intake Volunteers- interview people who come to our door seeking help and work with staff to provide them with food, clothing, financial assistance and access to other service providers. Time commitment: one three-hour shift per month.
-Hospitality Volunteers- create a warm and welcoming environment for our clients, many of whom are in desperate need of a smiling face.
-Money Management- Coaches and Trainers teach clients to set a household budget, create and use bank accounts, and other basic skills for managing money. Trainers teach money management courses and coaches work one-on-one with families to apply what they learn in the class. All training materials are provided; no financial expertise is required!
-Buckhead THRIFTique Volunteers- assist customers and help people in need select clothing for interviews and everyday wear. They also sort and price clothes, arrange displays and operate the cash register.
-Administrative and Data Entry Volunteers- help keep BCM running smoothly by answering the phone, filing, entering data into various data banks, assisting with mailings and performing other administrative duties.

Website: www.buckheadchristianministry.org

North Gwinnett Cooperative 
Volunteer opportunities include:
-Work in the food pantry or thrift store
-Cleaning & maintenance
-Yard work
-Administrative assistance
-Sorting & stocking donations

Organize a donation drive in your neighborhood, work place, school, or community organization. Collection of food, clothing, Christmas toys, and toiletries are always needed. Call 770-271-9793 for information on specific items needed at the time of your drive.

Volunteer Opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Small groups of 10 or less work best, but we like all group sizes so if you have a large group, call ahead to make arrangements.

Website: northgwinnettcoop.org

PAWS Atlanta
Volunteer opportunities include:
-Walking and socializing dogs, including some basic training activities
-Working in the cat cottage, especially on Saturdays and Sundays
-Working at our vaccination clinics
-Clerical work
-Helping with fundraising events and activities
-Picking up bulk quantities of newspaper from AJC and delivering it to PAWS Atlanta
-Assisting with animal handing for the monthly Comcast Pets On Demand taping
-Answering the phones and assisting with other Front Desk responsibilities
-Helping at off-site adoptions
-Helping with marketing efforts through social media activities
-Assisting with events held throughout the community

To volunteer, you must register by emailing: volcoord@pawsatlanta.org.
As well as filling out the application and attending orientation which is held once a month.
For additional information regarding getting signed up to volunteer visit: www.pawsatlanta.org

Children's Healthcare 
Ways to support Children's Healthcare Hospital during the holidays:
-"Share the Hope" Campaign and Video ww.sharewithchildrens.org
Children's is launching a digital campaign of social sharing this holiday season with a video called "Share the Hope." The video gives viewers an honest look into the lives of patients at Children's. Share a message of hope with the patients who will be spending their holidays at Children's. Online donations will also be accepted during this time, with the initial contribution coming from Verizon Foundation, who has pledged a gift of $3 per message up to $30,000. Messages will be accepted through December 31, 2012 and will be displayed on closed-circuit TVs throughout the hospital during the last two weeks of the year.

Macy's Pink Pig at Lenox Square www.choa.org/pinkpig
Come ride Priscilla the Pink Pig through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, as she makes her way on train tracks through a life-size storybook. Tickets are $3 per ride and repeat rides are available at a discounted price. A portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy's has donated more than $400,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children's Holiday Card Program - Order greetings that give back www.choa.org/cards
Purchase holiday greeting cards and e-cards featuring original artwork from children who have been treated at or inspired by Children's. In addition to the child artists, popular Georgia artist Steve Penley created a card featuring ice skaters in a picturesque winter scene. Cards can be customized with your family's greeting or company logo inside. Or order stylish cards from the popular online stationery retailer Tiny Prints, who will donate 15-20% of your purchase to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Purchase the 2012 Aflac Holiday Duc
This year's Holiday Duck was designed by Monica Sandoval, a 16-year-old Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center leukemia patient. These adorable plush ducks can be purchased online and at select Macy's locations-and net proceeds will benefit research at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's. The quacking Holiday Duck comes in a 6-inch version for $10 and a 10-inch version for $15.

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