7th Totes 2 Tots kicks off Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the seventh consecutive year, Georgia Cancer Specialists offices across the state, as part of the Totes 2 Tots campaign, will collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, new and nearly new kid-sized carrying cases can be donated at any of the three Gwinnett County GCS offices.

"One of the most difficult times that a child may experience is being placed in an environment that is unfamiliar," said Bobby Cagle of the Division of Family and Children's Services. "Unfortunately, they are often placed with very little that belongs to them, carrying these items in a paper or plastic bag."

The partnership between DFCS and GCS has led to the distribution of nearly 13,000 bags to children in DFCS custody, Cagle said.

"It's truly rewarding to see the expression on a child's face when receiving their bag and realizing that it belongs to them," he said.

Bags are distributed in the county in which they are collected.

Initial campaigns were held on Martin Luther King Day as a way of honoring his vision and giving back to the community, according to a press release. Holding them on Friday, the release said, now helps kick off the weekend of service.

The three Gwinnett GCS locations are:

· Lawrenceville: 698 Duluth Highway, Suite 201;

· John's Creek: 6325 West Johns Crossing, Building 1000, Suite 107; and

· Snellville: 1800 Tree Lane, Suite 180.

For more information, call 1-877-716-2273 or log on to www.gacancer.com