How is GCSS “Giving Thanks” this Thanksgiving?

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

Thanksgiving Feast

As you well know, Thanksgiving is a time when we not only make an effort to show gratefulness for our own blessings, but to reach out to others who may be lacking some of their basic needs.

In this spirit, each year, GCSS’ Excitement Committee assembles Thanksgiving baskets that we give to members of the community who are less fortunate.

As of right now, we are collecting non-perishable goods at our office to be used in these baskets.  Perhaps you’ve done a food drive before – even if you haven’t, here are some suggestions:

1. Canned fruits and vegetables (e.g. sweet potatoes, beans, cranberries, etc.)

2. Boxed stuffing mix

3. Dried fruits and vegetables (e.g. green beans, beets)

4. Pasta noodles

5. Jell-O products

6. Evaporated milk, etc.

We are also raising $300 for gift cards to purchase turkeys from local stores such as Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, the DeKalb Farmers Market, and/or the Forest Park Farmers Market.

The cutoff date for basket donations is November 15th at 12:00 PM.  On Nov. 16 and 17 (Mon. and Tues.), we will be assembling the baskets; Nov. 22 and 23, we will be delivering them to families.

Donation containers have been distributed to the main GCSS office (both upstairs and downstairs); our Art and Food program in Marietta; the Gwinnett Enrichment Center; the Marietta Enrichment Center; Our Place; and the Adult Autism Program.  For information on the locations of these offices, please see our main website at Georgia Community Support and Solutions: Community Life.

Happy (early) Thanksgiving, everyone!

About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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1 Response to How is GCSS “Giving Thanks” this Thanksgiving?

  1. Pingback: Thanksgiving: Donations Still Open? (Contact Info. Included) | Georgia Community Support & Solutions

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