Holidays Were Made For Giving

Generosity reigns in Smyrna-Vinings when the calendar turns to December.

December has arrived and with the holidays now in full swing, it’s a most appropriate time to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Recently, partnered with the motorcycle club, Ghost Ryderz Atlanta, to take 150 bags of groceries to those in need. The Ghostryderz Atlanta rode in their 1st Annual Turkey Run with the entry fee being a frozen turkey to add to the 150 bags of groceries that members of Life Church provided.

The event was a great success as they were able to go to three apartment complexes in Smyrna to deliver the bags. This was the 7th Annual Blessing Bag Outreach organized by Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God.


will be teaching generosity in a unique way at this Sunday’s service and giving away some special gifts. Can’t spoil the secret here, but everyone at the sermon will be given an envelope. Vinings Church meets Sundays at 11:15 a.m. at the Cobb Gallery Wavery Hotel.


Through the end of the month, O’Storage, with three locations including one at 2350 Atlanta Road in Smyrna, has partnered with the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

The family-owned business will donate a turkey to the Salvation Army for every new rental at each of their three locations – and every storage unit is just $1 to move in. Their goal is to donate fifty or more turkeys to local families in need this holiday season.  

For more information please click here.


“Movies for Food” will support community food pantries throughout Georgia, including in Smyrna.

Customers donating four non-perishable food items will receive an On Demand movie coupon, (cable channel 1 with a Charter digital set top receiver). Customers donating eight or more non-perishable food items will receive two On Demand movie coupons.

Charter’s Movies for Food program is currently underway and accepting donations through the end of the month. For more information is available here.


Speaking of MUST, signature blue barrels are around town as the demand for food and other services is outpacing their supply. MUST needs help now more than ever to stock their shelves with food and supplies that provide help and hope to our hurting neighbors.

So when you see those MUST barrels around town, drop something in. Visit their Food Drives Page to find out what their critical needs are and where a food drive is going on in your neighborhood.

Don't see a Food Drive in your area? Start one! Contact Wendy Booth at 678-581-8090 to find out how you can start a food drive today.

Also, come see how MUST is serving your neighbors in need. MUST will be hosting friends and neighbors at their Smyrna Open House on Thursday, Dec. 15. RSVP here


at 3988 Atlanta Road in Smyrna is also collecting non-perishable food items for MUST. It’s Friday After Black Friday Sale will be on on Dec. 2 with special sales and raffles and the first 50 customers will enjoy breakfast from Chick-fil-A and McEntyre's Bakery. 

Then Again Consignments will also be offering a 10 percent item discount for each donation of five non-perishable food items. That's good for up to 30 percent off with 15 donated food items

And the discount can be used in addition to a sale price, but must be used on Friday or Saturday of this week.


Finally, to help spread holiday cheer and good will this Christmas, Calandra Financial Group, Earl Small's Harley-Davidson and the U.S. Military Vets MC (Atlanta Chapter) have teamed up to donate 65 Christmas trees to active-duty families and veterans in the community.

Please contact the office of Calandra Financial Group at 678.218.5925 by noon on Dec. 5 to reserve your tree. Proof of military status is required to reserve a tree. The trees will be ready for pick up on Dec. 6 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Earl Small's Harley-Davidson’s location at 993 South Cobb Drive. For more information please visit here.

Know of others in the community giving or ways to give? Share with your neighbors in the Comment Box below. We'll add it to the list, too!

Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Hey folks, from our staff writer, Sydney Busby: "A Norcross charity is throwing a Christmas party for 2,400 needy kids TONIGHT but only has 500 gifts because several corporate sponsors dropped out at the last minute. My friend Aurora Nelson is collecting gifts for the party. If you'd like to help by donating a gift, coat, warm clothing, etc., please meet me in the Brawner Hall parking lot at 2:15 p.m. today and I can deliver. Sorry for the late notice, but let's help bring Christmas to some of Atlanta's neediest children! See here for more info http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16336705/cha


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