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MUST Ministries opens thrift store to support services: MUST Marketplace launches Jan. 16


An exciting new approach to becoming more sustainable is beginning this month at MUST Ministries, according to Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO. After months of research and strategic planning, MUST Ministries is opening a 4,600-sq.-ft. thrift store to help fund the organizations commitment to helping area residents move from poverty to stability.

“After analyzing many resources, it became abundantly clear that the organization has generous in-kind donors who bring more than enough clothing, housewares, furniture,  art work, small appliances, baby items and more to the Donation Center.  Allocating the excess items to a thrift shop concept allows MUST to continue giving clothing to clients, and to sell the “extra” to gain funds for our important mission,” Reighard announced.

“Clients will now have the option to purchase items in addition to the free vouchers they receive, giving them a feeling of parity and not just charity. Financial donors and other donors bringing items to the Donation Center were surveyed and overwhelmingly supported MUST’s need to acquire a new income stream and favored the thrift store concept.,” he explained.

“This concept is very exciting on many levels. We give clients the dignity of shopping in a nice store, we give donors an opportunity to make a difference by what they give to the store, we invite the public in to shop and see the great work we’re doing here and we help sustain our programs with the proceeds.”

The large store, open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-6, is housed in remodeled space at the current Program Services location at 1407 Cobb Parkway North location to prevent additional expense for rent. Reighard explained that MUST has been blessed with high quality donations that will help make this approach successful.

“We receive wonderful donations that will continue to benefit our clients and those items sold will also benefit our clients. We hope our supporters will donate high-end items like designer clothes, fashionable jewelry, desirable electronics and quality furniture to further help the store.” MUST Marketplace donations can be taken to the MUST Donation Center at 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw, Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5.


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Gobble Jog Race Goes for World Record, Benefits MUST Ministries


When a small group of volunteers planned the first Gobble Jog in 2003, they had no idea how quickly the event would grow into one of the best attended and most beloved holiday festivities in the South. The 1,400 original runners helped raise $29,000 that year and the Gobble Jog was literally “off and running” with a 10K, 5K, 1K and Tot Trot.

Over the next 10 years, the Gobble Jog became a tradition for thousands of people who get together with their friends and families to kick off their holiday. Today, more than 11,000 runners and walkers pour into the historic Marietta Square on Thanksgiving morning for the fun and excitement of a great event for a great cause. The proceeds now exceed $425,000 and continue to benefit MUST Ministries, one of Georgia’s recognized servant leaders.

“This year, we are adding something different and exciting,” said Special Events Coordinator Cara Reeve.

“The Gobble Jog is one of a series of races being monitored by the Guinness Book of World Records that will determine the largest number of participants in a multivenue event.”

She explained that Thanksgiving races all over the country have banded together to take the world record currently held in Malaysia. The event has become a wonderful, street party atmosphere with costumes, “Gobble Dogs”, family teams, corporate teams, church groups, firefighters running in full gear and lively music, Reeve explained.

“Everyone loves kicking off the holiday season at MUST’s event, seeing their friends and neighbors, getting in some exercise and seeing the festivities.”

In addition, now there is a way to help MUST even more. Participants are asked to establish a personal fund raising page and help raise more money to help feed, house, clothe and train the 34,000 clients a year who come to MUST for help and hope. For more information or to register, go to


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Pack a sack lunch this summer for MUST Ministries


MUST Summer Sack Lunch program is looking for groups who would like to make lunches for children living in poverty in Cobb County. Mt. Bethel UMC provides the supplies and the facility set up–you provide the volunteers to make the lunches and deliver them to a nearby MUST drop off location!

Contact Patti Turner, for details.


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Donate books to Cobb County Schools and help MUST Ministries Summer Program


The Cobb County School District’s Library Media department has launched a book drive to support the summer lunch program conducted by MUST Ministries. Thousands of Cobb County children receive lunch from MUST Ministries during each summer weekday. In addition, the program promotes literacy by giving each child a book on Fridays. The CCSD book drive will help support MUST and promote participation in the summer reading programs underway at Cobb County public libraries.

Cobb residents may donate new or gently used books for grades K-12 at the MUST Ministries Cobb County office, these East Cobb Cobb County schools or offices (for a complete list of drop off points and school addresses visit


Lassiter High School, Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm

Bells Ferry Elementary School, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm

Daniell Middle School, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm


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Sharing stories of triumph from MUST Ministries.

Food pantry faces shortages in Cobb

Requests for food are up and donations down at MUST Ministries, a nonprofit agency that works with low-income families in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

Spokesperson Kaye Cagle said the agency had a slow sumer for donations, and food pantries are extremely low. The agency helps more than 21,000 people a year with food.

For more information:

Food Drive at Paper Mill Village – Donate Canned Goods through Wednesday


Paper Mill Grill servers Brittany Remole and Clifton Wofford gearing up for the Food Drive at Paper Mill Village.

Paper Mill Village is hosting the Feed Cobb for the Holidays food drive with Must Ministries through Wednesday, November 23rd. Eight tenants at the shopping center have collection bins. The goal is to fill up 12 barrels by Thanksgiving with help from the East Cobb community, which totals 3,000 pounds of food. So grab a can of food, swing by Paper Mill Village and help make a difference in the community.

Items that are particularly needed: canned meat (tuna, beef, chicken, ham or salmon); boxed dinners; canned pastas and spaghetti sauce; fruit; canned beans; dry milk; chili; cereal; spaghetti sauce; oatmeal/grits; and jelly.

Collection bins are located at the following spots in Paper Mill Village:

Style Masters (Suite 410)

Allstate (Suite 430)

Straw Dog (Suite 140)

Simply Fresh (Suite 760)

Lovin’ Knit Studio (Suite 610)

Hot Dogs Cool Cats (Suite 730)

Paper Mill Grill (Suite 210)

Kids Zone (Suite 1100)

Paper Mill Village is located at 137 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068

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Register Now for the Ninth Annual Gobble Jog Thanksgiving Day


The Ninth Annual Gobble Jog benefiting MUST Ministries will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011, in Marietta Square. The 10K  begins at 8am, the 5K  at 9:30am and the 1K  at 9:15am. A Tot Trot for kids 5 & under begins at 10:30am.

The Gobble Jog is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race and the US 10K Classic. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT!

Packet pick-up between 3-7 pm, November 23, at First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. Register at any Big Peach Running Company location or on-line at Same day registration for untimed runners only beginning at 7am.

For more information call 678-218-4521 or visit

“Recycle that Bike” Started with One Man’s Vision

Recycle that Bike

Lane Scheiblauer

Lane Scheiblauer is an avid cyclist and wondered how he could combine his love for bikes with helping others. After hearing a sermon at First Baptist Church of Marietta about how each person can help others, he had an idea.

Today, “Recycle that Bike” is an exciting ministry involving Lane and his friends fixing used and discarded bikes, then donating them to The Elizabeth Inn, MUST’s emergency shelter. There, people earn points toward a bike and when they have enough points, they receive the transportation that can help them get to work and run errands.

“It’s a meaningful project for me, but it’s also fun to drive down the highway, see one of the bikes I fixed and know it’s helping someone,” he said. The bikes, which can now be loaded on a CCT bus for longer distance travel, are helping many find independence.

If you have a bike to donate or would like to help, go to for details.

Emergency Food Drive at St. Peter & Paul to benefit MUST Ministries

MUST Ministries needs help filling bare food shelves at its Donation Center, where demand is up 35 percent and donations are way down.

Donation barrels will remain in the foyer in front of the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul until August 14, 2011.

Items currently in short supply: spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, flour, baking mixes, canned pasta, soup, cereal, macaroni and cheese, jelly, dry beans, rice, canned beans, canned vegetables (except green beans) and canned meat.

The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is located at 1795 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.