You can help: Ways to give in the Troup County community
Holiday meals in need of donations
Organizers of the Up all Night annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are seeking food and cash donations to feed people in need. Items sought are hams, turkeys, drinks, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, dressing, macaroni and cheese, plates, cups, carry-out containers, napkins and plastic cutlery. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:
• Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home, 201 Hamilton Road.
• Good Seed Christian Books, 205 S. Greenwood St.
• WJCN TV station, 220 Fort Drive.
• WTRP AM 620 radio station, 806 New Franklin Road — non-perishable items only. Organizer Jake Sessions will be at the station 3–7 p.m. daily to accept food drop offs.
All checks should be made payable to Up All Night Charities.
For more information contact Jake Sessions at 706-884-6963 or 706-333-1706, for information in Spanish: Elisa Baltes, 706-298-0221 ext. 105 or 706-333-9774.
School accepting Operation Christmas Child boxes
Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to send to children in need overseas may be dropped off at Lafayette Christian School’s gym on Hamilton Road between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today through Friday, 10 a.m.–noon Saturday and 1–3 p.m. Sunday. To pack a shoebox gift, use an empty shoebox, or a plastic container, fill it with gifts for a girl or boy, include fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Donate $7 for shipping cost — checks made to Samaritan’s Purse — or make a donation www.samaritanspurse.org. Anyone wiht questions should contact Wanda Peterson at 706-884-6684.
LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Milliken/Live Oak, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday.
• Lafayette Christian School, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday.
• InterCall of Valley, Ala., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday.
• Saint Peters Catholic Church, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday.
• Walmart of Roanoke, Ala., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Newnan each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and to Central Alabama Medical Center in Tuskegee on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteer drivers must be at least 19 years old, have a three-year clean driving record and pass a complete physical exam, which is provided free by the VA hospital. To volunteer as a driver or schedule a ride-along, call Jake Christman, 706-412-4377.
Care baskets for breast cancer patients
The Troup County breast cancer support group, Breast Friends for Life, is in need of new or gently used baskets. BFFL makes gift baskets for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Baskets need to have a handle. No Christmas or Easter baskets. Baskets may be dropped off with Wanda Lowe at Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, 111 Medical Drive next to West Georgia Health. For more information, contact Lowe at 706-845-3866.
Center seeking donations for clothes, money
The Yolanda Jabaley Clothing Center is seeking volunteers and gently used clothing donations, and new packages of socks and underwear for men, women and children. Money donated to the center is used to buy new underwear and shoes. The center is open 10 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and 1–3 p.m. Thursdays. Anyone interested can contact Wanda-Ann Kinnaman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed donations also may be sent to: Yolanda Jabley Clothing Center, Attn. Wanda-Ann Kinnaman, c/o First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad St., LaGrange, GA 30240. Donations should not be left outside the clothing center when it is closed.