Holiday giving well under way across the county

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Call Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or e-mail shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

We've been getting lots of reports of groups getting an early start on holiday giving. Here are some stories to get you in the giving spirit.

•Winder-Barrow Community Theatre and Barrow County Leisure Services Center collected toys for needy children at a Family Christmas Celebration on Dec. 4. Children attending the celebration brought toys to donate to Barrow County Family Connection. The children also performed two one-act plays and made crafts in "Santa's workshop."

•This year, luxury suite owners at the Arena at Gwinnett Center chose to use the money arena staff usually use to purchase special recognition gifts to instead give 35 needy children each a special Christmas present. They delivered the gifts at a "breakfast with Santa" event Dec. 16 at the Gwinnett Center. The children were selected from the United Way's Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids program. Nine families with three to six children apiece received gifts through the program.

•The Philadelphia Winn chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave six boys from South Carolina's Tamassee DAR School an early Christmas. The chapter hosted its annual holiday celebration Dec. 4. Each boy had sent a list of wishes a few months prior, and the chapter members raised money and purchased the gifts. The Tamassee DAR School is one of two schools run by money raised by chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tamassee houses both boys and girls from broken homes and families in crisis.

Food classes

benefit food bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is continuing its series of cooking classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 at The Cook's Warehouse. The cost is $55.

For more information, visit www.acfb.org or call 404-892-FEED, ext. 1444.

Hi-Hope shares

holiday wish list

The nonprofit Hi-Hope Service Center has provided services to people with developmental disabilities since 1960, and now helps a diverse group of more than 130 adults. The center offers community and workshop employment, day habilitation and a variety of support services.

For information on how to help Hi-Hope, call Philshaunda Lee, the center's development director, at 770-963-8694 or visit www.hihopecenter.org. In the meantime, here's a list of the group's top 10 holiday wishes.

1. Volunteers and caring employees

2. Financial support (cash, gifts of stocks or other planned giving)

3. Electronics (digital cameras, computers, rechargeable two-way radios)

4. New furniture for group homes (living, dining and bedroom furniture)

5. New "small" appliances for group homes (coffee pots, microwaves, lamps, dishes)

6. Late-model vehicles for transportation

7. Gift cards to Home Depot, Lowe's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby

8. Linens (waterproof pillowcases, pillows, washable blankets, bath towels, wash clothes)

9. Miscellaneous items (art supplies, golf umbrellas, ponchos)

10. Workshop supplies (brooms, dust pans, pliers, hand truck, work gloves, workshop rags, scissors)