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Variety of charities helping those in need

From Staff Reports

Various groups are collecting toys, foods and money to help those in need this Christmas season.

For those looking for someone to help, there is no shortage of those in need.

Some of the larger organizations collecting this year are:

Community Christmas

Community Christmas for the Needy is an annual event in Henry County which began years ago at Stockbridge Presbyterian Church. The community-wide effort provides food, clothing and Christmas presents for the needy in our community. This year Connecting Henry is helping organize the event and volunteers are needed to sponsor families. If you are interested in being a sponsor, call Connecting Henry at 678-583-3515.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting shoeboxes full of toys, hygiene items, candy and a personal note for needy children overseas.

Community Christian Academy, Second Baptist Church of Forest Park and Lifeway Christian Bookstore are participating.

For more information, call (770) 471-0995.

Pick an Elf

Pick an Elf will solicit sponsor to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children and older adults under the care of the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services. To receive a wish list or to volunteer to help with the collections, call the Pick an Elf hotline at (770) 603-4644. To donate gift cards, presents or money, deliver the donations to the Clayton County DFCS building at 877 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.

Clayton County

Commissioners

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners is organizing toy collections for families who can not afford to buy presents. To drop off toys or gift cards, come by any Clayton County Fire Department or call the department headquarters at (770) 473-7833.

Clayton County

Aging Program

The Clayton County Aging Program is accepting cash donations to their Meals On Wheels program for Thanksgiving and Christmas day meals to be delivered to shut-in senior citizens in the county. You can mail donations to: the Aging Program, 877 Battlecreek Rd., Jonesboro, GA. 30236. Donations are also being accepted for the seniors who have a wish list of household or personal item needs. Contact the Aging Program at (770) 603-4050 for more information.

Toys for Tots

Peachtree Peddlers and Legacy Ford are teaming up this year with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign.

Peddlers will continue accept

ing donations until Dec. 21 and Legacy Ford through Dec. 24.

Angel Tree Program

The 25-year-old Angel Tree program involves getting people to "adopt" a child from a needy family to provide them with Christmas presents. Salvation Army Capts. Curt and Natalie Sayre, officers in charge of the Army's Jonesboro offices, have 1,450 children signed up as angels. That's an increase from the 1,235 children they helped last year, but the continuing economic recession is making this year's program more necessary and more challenging.

There are still 200 Angels left to adopt, Curt Sayre said.

"We are distributing on Dec. 15 and 16 so we're getting down to the wire," Sayre said.

The Salvation Army's offices are at 130 Spring Street in Jonesboro.

For more information on the Angel Tree or other programs, call Sayre at (770) 603-6258 ext. 6.