Well, August has certainly been a busy month here at Dove. I hope all of you are staying healthy and safe and that you’re staying cool in the heat. We may be amid a heatwave, but I’m thinking cool thoughts and dreaming about Christmas.
After meeting with the planning committee for the program, and meeting with Salvation Army and Northeast Community Fund, we decided to give gifts once more to kids up to age 17. We are also going to give away some of the bigger ticket items (such as bikes, scooters, riding toys, and hoverboards) in a lottery to make sure everyone has equal opportunity at those items. We always want to be as fair as possible, and this feels like the best way to go about it with those gifts.
As for location, we don’t know for certain yet where we will be assembling and distributing baskets this year. Last year as most of you know, we utilized the former Kroger in Fairview Plaza, which worked out great for multiple reasons, but it also came with a hefty price tag that none of our agencies can afford to pay again. Our tentative plan is – we are hoping to utilize the gymnasium at Salvation Army. However, now, there is construction going on at their shelter and their clients are sleeping in said gymnasium. The construction folks are hopeful that construction will be done by October, but with the struggle to get supplies, workers, and the ongoing pandemic, they just don’t know for sure at this point.
- Anna Waters
- Baby Talk
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Cancer Care
- Child 1st Center
- Decatur Rehab
- Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center
- Macon County Health Department
- MRI (Macon Resources)
- Old King’s Orchard Community Center
- Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy
- Youth With a Positive Direction
- American Dreamer Academy
- Decatur Christian School
- Harris School
- Holy Family
- Hope Academy
- John’s Hill
- Milligan Academy
- Our Lady of Lourdes
- Richland Community College
- Robertson Charter
- South Shores Elementary School
- St. James/St. Pat’s
We’re confident that we’ll have others coming aboard to give referrals to their families in the next few weeks, as we’ve been reaching out to a lot of new entities we haven’t worked with before, for this purpose, trying to catch as many people who might otherwise fall between the cracks and not receive needed help.