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Lawrenceville doctor's offices collects bags for foster children

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Piles of bags adorned with Sesame Street characters, Lego action heros and other cartoon figures took over three rooms at a local doctor's office Friday morning.

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of volunteering and giving back to the community, 25 Georgia Cancer Specialists offices, including the Lawrenceville location, participated in the 10th annual Totes 2 Tots event, a suitcase drive for foster children.

The Lawrenceville office has been a part of the event for the past decade, collecting and donating for those young ones in need.

"I've been in this office for 10 years and every year, I love to do this event," Clinical Manager Johanna Edwards said. "It's a great way to start the MLK weekend."

Many people from around the community chipped in for the cause with new or lightly used suitcases, duffle bags, bookbags and tote bags.

"I'm a retired principal and I remember some of the foster children we had who needed help," said Ann Adams of Lawrenceville who donated for the first time this year. "We have a granddaughter who lives with us who has out-grown her lavender luggage. I thought this was a good chance for someone else to use it. Two pieces are brand new and never been used."

The office takes pride in helping foster children and strive to gather as many bags as possible.

"We hope to collect more than last year (which was more than 300 bags)," Edwards said. "Some people bring the day of or the day after -- we'll donate anything we get."

At the end of the day, DFCS gathered up all the bags.