Sugar Hill helps less fortunate through food, toy drive

SUGAR HILL - In an effort to help its less-fortunate residents - or those just going through tough times - have a happy holiday, the city of Sugar Hill is collecting non-perishable food and toys for the North Gwinnett Cooperative.

The drive began in early November and donated food items were distributed to needy families for Thanksgiving. More food and toys will given out at Christmas.

"We've been doing this over 10 years," City Manager Bob Hail said. "We think this is a good thing, it supports the people in North Gwinnett."

Hail said it is a good way for Sugar Hill to take care of its own.

"This is a city of people," he said. "We don't have a downtown or big commercial area, we are a bedroom community. When I first got here, our motto was 'A City of Family and Community,' and now on that same theme we can help people ... this is where you want your family to grow up. Family, community and recreation is what it's all about."

Hail said part of the entry fee for a recent golf tournament was used to buy food and toys and that during the city's Fall Festival, canned goods were accepted in lieu of cash for tickets.

Collection bins for this drive are located in the lobby of City Hall and at the Sugar Hill Community Center at 1166 Church St. Hail said donations will be accepted until Dec. 19 and distributed on Dec. 22.

"We've supported this for a long time," Hail said, "and it's just another way we can help our own citizens."