Here are just a few of our current current projects.
Feeding Local children
Did you know that 1 in 4 children in Coastal Georgia suffers from food insecurity? Many children in Chatham County depend on the"free and reduced" lunch program during week, but have very little to eat over the weekend. We pack and deliver between 8,000 and 10,000 bags of food to local school children each Friday. The bags contain easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Because we truly love the children we serve each week, we also provide school supplies, uniforms, and toiletries whenever possible.
When children enter the Foster care system, many bring little or no clothing/ possessions with them. Our closet at the Department of Family and Children's Services Building is accessible only to social workers. They are able to bring children with them into this happy space and allow them to choose a duffle bag, a bag of clothes (2 outfits, PJs, socks, underwear), a toiletry bag, a stuffed animal, a blanket, and other necessities. When the children cannot be present, the items are selected by their case worker.
Microwavable Lunch bags/ Busy Bags
Each year we pack over 1,500 microwavable lunch bags and busy bags for CURE for Childhood Cancer and Ronald McDonald House. Children receiving cancer treatments and other medical treatments at local hospitals are often unable to leave the hospital for meals. We provide bags containing microwable meals and snacks to help make their stay a little easier. Bags are also provided for siblings. "Busy bags" which are given to the same group of children, contain crafts, toys, games, and letters of encouragement.