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Features stories on East Cobb residents doing good and giving back to the community. A place for East Cobbers to recognize random acts of kindness and announce volunteer opportunities.

Honor those who foster diversity by nominating for award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Creating Community Awards, which will be presented by the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the Cobb Community Relations Council. The purpose of the awards is not only to recognize good works in the county but also to provide a model and inspiration for the rest of the community.

Nominees may be an individual, team or organization that has made possible the inclusion of Cobb’s diverse communities. Diversity could be identified as race or ethnicity, age, religious, disable or gender. An independent committee will be formed to choose one recipient from each commission district. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17, and nominees from previous years may be re-nominated. To download the nomination form, click here or visit the Community Relations Council Web page by clicking here. Nominations should be emailed to ccrc393@gmail.com.

 

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Help needy children enjoy the holidays by ‘stuffing a bus’

A Cobb Community Transit bus will transform into Santa’s sleigh to help needy children in Cobb enjoy the holidays. Cobb Department of Transportation and CCT are again sponsoring the 2014 Stuff-A-Bus, benefiting Cobb Christmas, Inc., the county’s oldest and largest holiday assistance program.

The CCT bus will make donation collections at various venues around the county Dec. 2-12. Your help is needed to “Stuff-A-Bus” with donations of money, new toys and gifts, non-perishable food items and gift certificates. Your generosity will brighten the holidays for thousands of low-income families in Cobb County and the nonprofit organization is in dire need of donations this year. For more information, including a list of Stuff-A-Bus locations, click here or visit cobbchristmas.net.

 

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Have you registered for Thursday’s Gobble Jog?

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When looking around East Cobb, it’s hard to believe that there are people who need help with housing, food, clothing or job  assistance. However, the number of our neighbors who fall on hard times is growing, and we are fortunate to have MUST  Ministries in our community as a resource for them. MUST is a nonprofit organization that started 43 years ago as a church youth group outreach and now touches 31,000 people in Cobb and Cherokee Counties each year. Their aim is to break the cycle of poverty and provide basic needs for anyone who needs them.

MUST relies on a strong volunteer network and fundraisers like the upcoming Gobble Jog on Nov. 27 to support their many programs. Providing temporary housing at the Elizabeth Inn Shelter is one of the ways MUST gives immediate assistance to men, women and children. In addition to helping these families get back on their feet, MUST also supports a permanent housing program.

Sustained by an extensive network of volunteers, MUST’s Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen serves two meals a day to clients and provides a sack lunch as well. Lunch is open to anyone in need who is hungry. Last year, MUST served more than 77,000 meals. Additionally, MUST gives almost one ton of food away each weekday and provided 254,906 summer lunches to thousands of community children in eight counties. Bakery donations and local food drives allow MUST to provide groceries for more than 18,000 a year.

MUST opened its first thrift store this year, MUST Marketplace, which gives free clothing to clients and allows shoppers (clients and the public) access to good quality merchandise at discount prices. The retail space is located at 1407 Cobb Parkway North, also the home of MUST’s Marietta Program Services. In addition to the Marketplace, the organization opens two MUST Toy Shops during the holidays to serve more than 3,100 children in Cobb and Cherokee.

“Parents can come into our MUST Toy Shops and handpick gifts for their children out of our donated new stock, which allows them to feel a part of the gift giving process,” shares Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST. “Our goal is provide services in a way that lifts up our participants through their experience with us.”

MUST also provides job assistance through resume advice, interview training, certification assistance and contacts with local industries. Last year, MUST Ministries helped 680 people obtain jobs, putting an estimated $10 million back into the economy while changing the lives of the participants.

No need to feel guilty about how much you eat on Thanksgiving this year. A great way to support MUST is by participating in the 12th annual Gobble Jog in the Historic Marietta Square on Thursday, Nov. 27. There is a Tot Trot, 1K Fun Run/Walk, 5k Run/Walk and a 10K Run. The Gobble Jog event keeps growing each year, and it’s a fun way for families to kick-off the holidays.This year, MUST is expanding the festivities with family activities at the Packet Pickup event and The Very Merry Christmas Tour concert on Sunday evening, Nov. 30.

Visit gobblejog.org for race event and concert details or mustministries.org for more information on the organization, ways to give and volunteer opportunities.

(Reprinted from the November 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Click HERE to read the November issue online.)

Rock for Cure at School of Rock to benefit Curing Childhood Cancer

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East Cobb’s School of Rock will host a benefit event this Saturday, November 22, 3-7pm with proceeds going to CURE Childhood Cancer. The guest of honor will be six year old School of Rock student Luke Cornille, who is “kicking Leukemia’s butt!” according to organizers.

The benefit will feature live performances by Heavy Chevy and more! Admission is $15 at the door.

School of Rock East Cobb is located at 2469 East Piedmont Road. Visit them online at eastcobb.schoolofrock.com for more.

 

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MUST Toy Shops Collecting Now, Shop opens Dec. 9

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Every Christmas, MUST Ministries sets up two locations, one in Cobb and one in Cherokee, to provide a retail store environment for parents to shop for free items. The MUST Toy Shops are a special treat for families who often have little to nothing for their children to open on Christmas morning, but it’s more than something “extra”. It’s an essential.

“Our shops offer throw blankets, pajamas, underwear, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, school supplies and other necessary items,” according to Paula Rigsby, Seasonal Coordinator at MUST. “We’ve had parents come in who just want the blankets because they have no heat.”

This year, there is a new twist to the dilemma of collecting enough items for more than 3,000 children. “We’ve been told we will be the only agency in Cobb offering gifts for babies and for teens age 16-18. Any family with a child those ages will have to come to MUST for help, so that means they will probably register their whole family with us,” Rigsby explained. “We always have a challenge to collect teen items, so we expect more teens this year and will need additional donations.”

Another challenge is getting dolls of all ethnicities. “A little girl usually prefers a doll that looks like her,” said Paula Rigsby. The Toy Shop can also use books and games in Spanish.

MUST is hoping the community will remember the teens with gifts like jewelry, cologne/perfume, curling irons, blow dryers, jeans, boots, vests, jackets, books, wallets, sports equipment, bikes, belts, purses, watches and handheld games. All items for Cobb can be taken to the MUST Donation Center at 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw on Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5. Items for Cherokee can be delivered to the MUST Ministries facility at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. Monday-Friday,
In addition, MUST will distribute dolls, trucks, stuffed animals and other toys. For babies, MUST is requesting an open box covered in Christmas wrapping paper and filled with at least 7 baby items like bibs, burp clothes, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups and other necessities. “It’s the perfect group project, “Rigsby pointed out. “Get together with your neighbors, Sunday School class, scout troop or civic organization and create baby boxes!

Open for 14 days in December, the shops provide personal shoppers to assist parents in making their selections and volunteers who stock the shelves, provide check in and check out, help load cars and unload donations. This year, the Cobb Toy Shop will again be at Piedmont Church and the Cherokee Toy Shop will again be at New Life Church. Both of these generous churches donate space so MUST can serve clients in poverty.

For more questions about ways to help, email toyshop@mustministries.org. The Toy Shops open Dec. 9.

 

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Help tackle hunger this Thanksgiving

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Help tackle hunger with the Thanksgiving Food Drive at the East Cobb Ys, to benefit the Little School families in need.

Donations requested by November 17 and can be made at any YMCA. Needed items are dressing mix, rice or pasta, canned yams, canned tuna, canned ham, canned soup, cranberry sauce, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, dried beans, fruit pie filling, pie crust mix, peanut butter, canned or dry milk, canned gravy, canned vegetables, canned/instant potatoes.

For more information email gayleb@ymca.org.

 

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Honor those who foster diversity by nominating for award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Creating Community Awards, which will be presented by the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the Cobb Community Relations Council. The purpose of the awards is not only to recognize good works in the county but also to provide a model and inspiration for the rest of the community.

Nominees may be an individual, team or organization that has made possible the inclusion of Cobb’s diverse communities. Diversity could be identified as race or ethnicity, age, religious, disable or gender. An independent committee will be formed to choose one recipient from each commission district. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17, and nominees from previous years may be re-nominated.

To download the nomination form, click here or visit the Community Relations Council Web page byclicking here. Nominations should be emailed to ccrc393@gmail.com.

 

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FREE Wedding Dresses for Military Brides at Wedding Angels this Week

Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique is thrilled to present Brides Across America in Atlanta on Nov. 10 and 11, 2014. Brides Across America, a nationwide charity dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides.

The event will take place at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell on  November  10, 2014 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and November 11, 2014 from 10am – 2pm.  All military brides who are engaged or had a civil ceremony and planning a wedding within the next 18 months are invited to attend along with friends and family.  Brides may arrive earlier to secure a place in line.  This is a first-come-first-served event and gowns go quickly!  Brides are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to share the experience.

“We are so grateful for the service men and women who are showing their commitment to our country. There is no better way to thank them than to help them celebrate their wedding!” says Jacqueline Westney, Owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  With over 650 dresses given away since 2008, the “Wedding Angels”  are experts at matching military brides-to-be with their dream dress, at no charge.

For the sixth year running, brides will have their pick of designer wedding gown at no cost to them, courtesy of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  Many couples have fast approaching wedding dates because of challenges with planning leave from their deployment.  Wedding Angels is prepared to help the brides look their best and feel like the belle of the ball for her wedding day!

Over 100 gowns in varied sizes and colors will be available FREE of charge to military brides who meet the qualifications.  Brides or their fiancé’ must be serving in the military; either currently deployed or have a future deployment.  Qualifications can be found atwww.bridesacrossamerica.com/qualify.html  and all brides must pre-register before the event.   Visit www.weddingangels.com  or www.bridesacrossamerica.com for a full list of details and qualifications.

Brides will have a 30 minute “mini” appointment with a Wedding Angels bridal consultants to choose the gown of their dreams!

For more information regarding the November 10 and 11 , 2014 events please call Wedding Angels at (770) 645-0404.

Saturday’s “Ladies Day Out” to benefit Sheltering Grace Ministry

Enjoy a relaxing day in the name of a good cause at Ladies Day Out on Saturday, November 8! Enjoy wine, crackers, and cheese while shopping and getting pampered. Vendors will have the latest in skin care, boutique clothing, purses, jewelry, and so much more. Proceeds will benefit Sheltering Grace Ministry. Diaper donations also accepted.

Admission is FREE. Hours are 11am-1pm, Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta. More info: 678-848-8958 or annmariegrenga@gmail.com.

 

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Free Wedding Gowns for Military Brides

Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique is thrilled to present Brides Across America in Atlanta on Nov. 10 and 11, 2014. Brides Across America, a nationwide charity dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides.

The event will take place at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell on  November  10, 2014 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and November 11, 2014 from 10am – 2pm.  All military brides who are engaged or had a civil ceremony and planning a wedding within the next 18 months are invited to attend along with friends and family.  Brides may arrive earlier to secure a place in line.  This is a first-come-first-served event and gowns go quickly!  Brides are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to share the experience.

“We are so grateful for the service men and women who are showing their commitment to our country. There is no better way to thank them than to help them celebrate their wedding!” says Jacqueline Westney, Owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  With over 650 dresses given away since 2008, the “Wedding Angels”  are experts at matching military brides-to-be with their dream dress, at no charge.

For the sixth year running, brides will have their pick of designer wedding gown at no cost to them, courtesy of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  Many couples have fast approaching wedding dates because of challenges with planning leave from their deployment.  Wedding Angels is prepared to help the brides look their best and feel like the belle of the ball for her wedding day!

Over 100 gowns in varied sizes and colors will be available FREE of charge to military brides who meet the qualifications.  Brides or their fiancé’ must be serving in the military; either currently deployed or have a future deployment.  Qualifications can be found atwww.bridesacrossamerica.com/qualify.html  and all brides must pre-register before the event.   Visit www.weddingangels.com  or www.bridesacrossamerica.com for a full list of details and qualifications.

Brides will have a 30 minute “mini” appointment with a Wedding Angels bridal consultants to choose the gown of their dreams!

For more information regarding the November 10 and 11 , 2014 events please call Wedding Angels at (770) 645-0404.