By Connie Bergeron
Simple Needs GA is back in action -- and needs your help, please. Our friend Brenda Rhodes, President of Simple Needs GA, is working overtime to provide support for those in need in Cobb County, and all help will be greatly appreciated.
Brenda says, "We want to say thank you to those who have supported us with in-kind donations since we opened back up a few months ago. We’ve been able to help many families and individuals get established in their new homes, as well as provide birthday gifts to kids who desperately needed something good in their lives, through "My Birthday Matters." This program brings brand-new toys, school supplies, a no-sew blanket, a stuffed animal, reading books, coloring books, underwear, socks, and other useful items to homeless schoolchildren in Cobb County who are celebrating their birthdays.
You can support this program very easily by simply going to the My Birthday Matters wish list and donating items off of the wish lists of children in need. In some cases, it’s even possible to order items via Amazon and have them shipped (please email Brenda Rhodes at Brenda@simpleneedsga.org for shipping address). Thanks to your generous support, SNGA brought birthday presents and other useful items to more than 260 homeless children last year! One lady shared, "I want to thank Simple Needs GA for all you did for my son and me. You helped us with beds so we didn’t have to sleep on the floor, as well as providing a wonderful birthday package for my son’s seventh birthday! That was so awesome of you guys. I appreciate it wholeheartedly. You’re amazing!” In response Brenda says, "Receiving notes like this is part of what keeps our donors and volunteers so motivated to give back to our community. A great way you can help support our programs is by holding a Facebook birthday or other fundraiser."
A brand new ministry SNGA has created is called "Simply Safe." Simple Needs GA is now collecting and distributing donated masks, paper products, and Clorox or other wipes for people in need in Cobb County. "The effort comes as our clients are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic," said Brenda. “Many of our clients are struggling due to job losses and economic damage caused by Covid-19,” she said. “It can be hard for them to afford some supplies that the rest of us use to stay safe and avoid spreading the virus.” In addition to supplying these donations to clients, SNGA is working with local school systems and shelters to identify potential recipients. Those interested in donating brand-new, high-quality masks or other needed items can go to our Simply Safe signup or email Brenda as above. “Organizing a drive can be a great way to maximize your impact,” Brenda said, “so families, churches, businesses, scouting troops, clubs, neighborhood associations and other groups could keep that in mind.”