Toy drives seek assistance from community
by Marie Nesmith
Nov 25, 2012 | 1924 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shweat Market Deli in downtown Cartersville displays a Christmas tree with angel ornaments, giving potential sponsors the opportunity to help a foster child this Christmas. BRANDEN CAMP/The Daily Tribune News
Shweat Market Deli in downtown Cartersville displays a Christmas tree with angel ornaments, giving potential sponsors the opportunity to help a foster child this Christmas. BRANDEN CAMP/The Daily Tribune News
To help bring smiles to thousands of children on Christmas morning, numerous organizations currently are conducting toy drives. Some of their efforts include:

Adairsville’s Toys for Tots

Organized by Adairsville Church of God Rev. Ken Coomer in the mid-2000s, the Adairsville Toys for Tots program is encouraging the community to donate toys at collection sites around the city, including banks and schools. On Dec. 15, qualified families will be able to select three toys and a couple of stocking stuffers for each child, newborn to 13.

For their children to receive assistance, parents or legal guardians need to call the Adairsville Church of God, 770-773-3264, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If approved, applicants must bring the following items with them to the toy distribution — proof of Bartow County residence; picture ID; and a document regarding their children, such as a birth certificate or

Social Security card.

Bartow Christmas Coalition

Bartow Christmas Coalition organizers are planning to assist more than 2,800 people this season. If donations allow, each qualified family will receive nonperishable food items, a gift card and two toys for each child, newborn to 14. A gift card and food items also will be presented to each senior adult, 62 and older during the distribution — Dec. 10 to 13 at the organization’s Toy Store, 222 Nelson St. in Cartersville.

The community can assist Bartow Christmas’ efforts by contributing financially or bringing items to the nonprofit’s Toy Store prior to the distribution week, each Monday to Friday — starting Nov. 26 — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The last chance for Bartow residents to enroll in the Bartow Christmas campaign is Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. Sign-ups will be conducted at two locations: Bartow Christmas Toy Store, 770-386-3399; and North Bartow Community Services, 2397 Hall Station Road in Adairsville, 770-773-3812.

For more information about the Bartow Christmas Coalition, call 770-386-3399 or visit its Facebook page.

Bartow County DFCS

Bartow County Department of Family & Children Services employees are busy trying to fulfill the wishes of about 180 children in state custody through the Silent Santa program.

Community sponsors who participate in the Silent Santa program receive a wish list that includes information like the child's first name, age, gender, favorite color, clothing sizes and desired toys. While individuals are not required to purchase every item the child requests, they are encouraged to select the gifts with care, as if they are shopping for their own child.

Once purchased, gifts should be returned to DFCS -- 47 Brook Drive in Cartersville -- unwrapped by Dec. 10.

More details about the Silent Santa program can be obtained by calling LeeAnn Henson at 770-387-3736.

Cartersville-based Toys for Tots

Individuals can drop off toys at local collection boxes for the Cartersville-based Toys for Tots campaign. Donors need to make sure the containers are marked "Bartow County," with Richard Goodson and Royce Coker's names and phone numbers to ensure the items remain in Bartow.

Once collected, the toys for newborns to 13-year-olds will be dispersed to pre-qualified families Dec. 15 at Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, 15 Medical Drive.

Enrollment in the program will conclude Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the sign-up process, parents and legal guardians of children, will need to bring ID, proof of need — recent paycheck stub or government assistance document — verification of Bartow County address and two forms of ID for each child, such as a birth certificate or Social Security card, to Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons.

For more information about the Toys for Tots program, call Goodson at 404-593-3547 or Coker at 770-880-6316.

Meritan Stepping Stones

To help Meritan Stepping Stones assist more than 50 foster care children, area residents can select an angel adorning the Christmas tree at Swheat Market Deli, 5 E. Main St. in Cartersville. Along with the children’s’ first names, the ornaments contain their ages and desired presents. Once purchased, the gifts — totaling $50 to $75 — need to be delivered to Meritan Stepping Stones, 920-A N. Tennessee St. in Cartersville.

Along with donating gifts, area residents also can sponsor a child for Christmas, by making a donation of $10, $25 or $50.

For more information about Meritan Stepping Stones, call 770-387-9003 or visit

Salvation Army

To take part in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, donors need to select an "Angel" ornament, which contains a child's first name and age and several suggested gifts. The ornaments are adorning artificial Christmas trees at organizations throughout Bartow County.

After selecting the ornament, the anonymous donor will deliver the contributions, unwrapped, by Dec. 14 to the tree location or The Salvation Army, 16 Felton Place in Cartersville.

For more information about contributing to the Angel Tree program, call 770-387-9955.