Ways to give back this Christmas and holiday season

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Tis the season of giving back, and this year especially the community is coming together to help those in need.

Over 70 families, businesses, churches, and other organizations donated gifts and goods to Union County Family Connection so 545 local children can have a Christmas. More children are involved in the Christmas gift program than in previous years. However, more people have stepped up to shop for children. America’s Home Place is sponsoring a coat drive on Wednesday, December 23 for Family Connection.

Donations are filling up the Family Connection office. Image courtesy of Union County Family Connection.

The Holiday Food Drive is also in progress with drop-off locations at the courthouse and the Chamber of Commerce. Items on the needed list are peanut butter, jelly, cereal (low in sugar), liquid box milk, dinner kits, instant potatoes, dry pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, crackers, and fruit snacks.

Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care are accepting donations of new books and new pajamas for boys and girls from infancy to 12 years old. The dropoff locations are the Chamber of Commerce and courthouse.

SAFE has angel trees around town including SAFE thrift stores, Lucky’s, Brasstown Pharmacy Drug and Gun, Shawn’s Home Furnishings Inc, Downtown Pizza Co. Blairsville, Dan’s Grill, Melissa’s Custom Cakes, Sundance Grill, Cook’s Country Kitchen, and BenchMark Physical Therapy. Anyone interested in sponsoring someone this holiday season should visit these locations.

A food distribution is taking place on Saturday, December 19 at First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with meat, produce, dairy, and bread. It’s sponsored by the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

The HOPE Center at the House of Prayer is offering help for the holidays on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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