Serving Those In Need – Holiday Service Guide

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November Cause Area
hunger+food drives

December Cause Area
families in crisis

The holidays prove difficult for many within our community. In November and December, our cause areas are hunger and families in crisis. Unfortunately, these two areas tend to go together. To support our community members that need food, housing, care, and support we’ve collated a wide range of service opportunities to get them what they need to thrive. The projects include food drives, gift + wrapping supplies drives, wreath making, meal boxes, and more.

Current December Opportunities

  • Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits and the Greater Good

    By shopping at any of the 64 online stores listed in the article on Nonprofit Tech for Good, socially conscious and ethical consumers can channel some of their spending power this holiday season into the nonprofit sector and the Greater Good.

    Click Here to View The Stores


  • Decorate a Christmas Ornament or Christmas Wreath

    Share your creativity and love for holiday decor by decorating and providing an ornament to be hung on a tree on one of Atlanta Mission’s campuses or by decorating and providing a Christmas Wreath. Both projects are virtual and can be completed anytime, but must be delivered to the Atlanta Mission by December 18.

    Click Here to Register for the Wreath Project

    Click Here to Register for the Ornament Project

  • InTown Collaborative Ministries

    The mission of Intown Collaborative Ministries is to prevent and reverse homelessness and hunger in Intown Atlanta. They envision a thriving community equipped to provide prompt and effective support for those experiencing homelessness and hunger. Their Food Pantry distributes food every Saturday to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. Current Urgent Needs for the Food Pantry include:

    • Canned Chicken
    • Tuna Packets
    • Ensure
    • Cereal
    • Water Bottles
    • Pasta Sauce
    • UHT Milk
    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Veggies
    • Jelly
    • Instant Coffee
    • Snack Items

    Donations may be delivered directly to the Food Pantry at McIver Hall behind Druid Hills Presbyterian Church (1026 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, entrance on St. Charles Ave). Donations are accepted Fridays from 9 am – 12 pm.

  • Create Some Holiday Magic

    Help us create some Holiday Magic and Sweetness for our friends living at A.G. Rhodes. This project is perfect for all ages and can be done in person on December 11th alongside our Big Trees Forest Preserve service project (sign-up separately) or virtually. Volunteers will decorate mason jars with festive decorations and fill them with candy. Perfect for all ages.

  • Atlanta Mission Gifts of Hope

    In this catalog you will find wonderful ways to change the lives of  men, women, and children in desperate need right here in our Atlanta community. Your gift today will make a Christmas wish come true for a hungry and hurting man, woman, or child.

    Click Here for The Catalog


  • North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) 

    Below are ways volunteers can serve with NFCC. For each of these opportunities, volunteers will click on the links provided to register directly with NFCC. Pebble Tossers members can record service hours using the Non-Pebble Tossers Opportunity in the logbook.

    Senior Baskets:
    During the holidays children take center stage and seniors can often be overlooked. Holiday Baskets is an opportunity to give our seniors a little attention and appreciation.
    Basket Donation/Collection Dates are December 10-11 and delivery date is December 12. 

    Click Here for How To Participate
    Toyland Shop:
    Toyland Shop provides toys and gifts to local children in need at the holidays. The NFCC Toyland Shop is unique because unwrapped, donated toys are arranged in a toy store format and qualified parents have the
    opportunity to pick out their child’s holiday gifts. Last year, the program served more than 700 families. Toy Donation/Collection Dates are December 13th-15th and distribution dates are December 16th-19th. Click Here for How To Participate

Past December Opportunities

  • Santa Drive Helpers

    Solidarity Sandy Springs is hosting a Santa Drive on December 10 and needs volunteers 7 and older to help get gifts from donors’ cars into Santa’s Workshop, wrap presents, organize the gifts, and floaters to help out where needed. Multiple shifts are available. Click here for details on how to register.

    Click Here for Details on How to Register

  • Holiday Market

    The Refuge Coffee Co is hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4, and needs volunteers to help set up, assist with parking, and break down after the event.

    Click here for details on how to participate

  • Holiday Love Box Packing Event

    The Atlanta Angels need volunteers to help pack Holiday Love Boxes for their foster care community on Friday, December 10 from 11 am – 2 pm. This project is perfect for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be with an adult.

    Click here to register

  • Create Your Dreams: CYD Holiday Hero

    Since 1994 CYD has provided memories, gifts, toys, and winter wear to children through Holiday Heros. There are two ways to become a Holiday Hero. Click here for details on how to participate.
    1. Shop + Purchase Gifts: for a child’s wish list. Gifts must be wrapped and delivered by December 6th.
    2. Donate $150 – CYD will purchase wish list items on your behalf.

    • November 16th from 2pm-4pm at the Big Trees Service Project
      7645 Roswell Road | Sandy Springs | 30350
    • November 29th from 10am-1pm
      Roam Dunwoody: 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NE Suite 800 | Dunwoody | 30338
    • December 2nd from 11am-1pm
      Roam Dunwoody: 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NE Suite 800 | Dunwoody | 30338
  • Pebble Tossers Wrapping Supplies Drive

    Pebble Tossers will be hosting our annual Wrapping Supplies Drive Supplies for the Atlanta Mission & My Sister’s House (MSH). We are collecting wrapping paper, bows, ribbon and scotch tape for the moms and kids at MSH. They use these supplies to decorate their doors at Christmas.  All supplies must be received by December 2nd. See drop-off schedule and opportunities below.

  • Agape Way Christmas on the Streets & Toy Drive

    Every December, Pebble Tossers volunteers help support Agape Way, one of our nonprofit partners that helps those experiencing homelessness, by donating toys for the children that Agape Way serves. Walmart gift cards are also accepted to be used for older youth. Donations must be received by December 2nd. The Christmas on the Street event will be held on December 12th. The event allows parents to pick out gifts for their children. It is an amazing experience for everyone. Pebble Tossers volunteers are needed to help distribute the gifts and click here to register. Once the date and time are confirmed the registration will open.

    Where & when to drop off wrapping supplies for MSH and toys for Agape Way:
    (email to confirm drop off, check back for more dates)

    • November 6th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Pebble Tossers Food Drive
      5591 Chamblee Dunwoody Road | Dunwoody | 30338
    • November, 13th from 10 am – 11 am at the Big Trees Service Project
      7645 Roswell Road | Sandy Springs | 30350
    • November 29th from 10 am – 1 pm
      Roam Dunwoody: 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NE Suite 800 | Dunwoody | 30338
    • December 2nd from 11 am – 1 pm
      Roam Dunwoody: 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NE Suite 800 | Dunwoody | 30338
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)

    The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Wish List includes toys, supplies and other equipment to help make sure the patients and families are more comfortable during a hospital visit or stay. Your generous gift will help brighten the holidays for patients at CHOA! The donation deadline is Tuesday, December 14th.  All items must be brand new (unused and purchased within 30 days of being donated).  Please do not wrap donations.

    Click Here for the 2021 Holiday Wish List and Details


November Opportunities

  • Pebble Tossers & The Act Bigger Foundation Food Drive & Period Packing Event

    Date & Time: November 6th from 10am-2pm
    Location: Coldwell Banker Office | 5591 Chamblee Dunwoody Road | Dunwoody

    Pebble Tossers is partnering with The Act Bigger Foundation to host a food drive to support  InCommunity’s Thanksgiving Meals and LifeLine’s Pets Life Program. Any additional food donations will be delivered to a local food pantry. Below is a list of donations that are needed from the community. The drive-thru event takes place in the Coldwell Banker Office Parking Lot.

    Volunteers are needed to collect the donations as they are dropped off. Some volunteers will also be making Period Packs for the Homeless Period Project. Pebble Tossers members click here to register to volunteer for the event. 

    Thanksgiving Meal Items:
    • Box of Hot Chocolate
    • Box of Instant Potatoes
    • Box of Mac-N-Cheese
    • Brownie Mix
    • Canned Corn, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Mixed Fruit or Yams
    • Jiffy Cornbread Mix or Muffin Mix
    • Stove Top Stuffing Mix
    • Turkey Gravy Packet

    Pet Items:
    • Purina Cat Chow Complete Dry Food
    • Canned cat food or dog food
    • Purina Dog Chow Dry Dog Food
    • Dog treats

  • Decorate a Thanksgiving Wreath

    Tap into your creativity while bringing Thanksgiving cheer to the Atlanta Mission campuses by decorating and providing a Thanksgiving Wreath to be hung on the campus. This virtual project is perfect for all ages. Wreaths must be delivered by November 11th.

    Click here To Register

  • InCommunity: Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

    Date & Time: November 17th from 3:30pm-5:30pm
    Location: 3301 Buckeye Rd, Ground Floor. Atlanta, GA 30341

    InCommunity provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to participate in meaningful activities within their own communities. They have 43 group homes with approximately four residents in each home. InCommunity needs volunteers to help fill the Thanksgiving Meal Boxes using items donated at our Food Drive.

    Click Here for More Information


  • North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)

    Below are ways volunteers can serve with NFCC. For each of these opportunities volunteers will click on the links provided to register directly with NFCC. Pebble Tossers members can record service hours using the Non-Pebble Tossers Opportunity in the logbook.

  • Thanksgiving Love Feeds on November 19th

    Love Beyond Walls focuses on raising awareness of the realities and needs of those experiencing lack and vulnerability and using that vehicle as a way of mobilizing people to take part in those stories. Terence Lester, founder of Love Beyond Walls will be a Guest Speaker for the Pebble Tossers Teen Leadership Program. Please visit their website to learn more. Love Beyond Walls is preparing for the Thanksgiving Love Feeds, they will be collecting the following items: turkeys, boxes of cornbread, boxes of mac & cheese, boxes of stuffing, boxes of desserts, and drinks. If you would like to donate any of the items listed below, please click here to sign up with Love Beyond Walls for a time to drop them off at their office.

  • S’mores & Chili Outreach

    Date: November 27th

    Pebble Tossers is participating in SafeHouse Outreach’s annual Phili Bray Chili Outreach. During the daylong block party-style community outreach event, people affected by homelessness will have access to a hot meal, health screenings, hygiene kits, and much more. This will be our 9th year providing the S’mores for the Chili Outreach. In addition to making and serving the S’mores, Pebble Tossers volunteers may help SafeHouse with other tasks such as setting up.

    Click here To Register

  • Write Holiday Cards

    The holidays can be lonely for those living in assisted living centers especially during COVID. Let’s bring a little joy to our friends living at A.G. Rhodes and Trinka Davis Veterans Village by sending Thanksgiving or Holidays cards. This project is perfect for all ages. This is an Open Project click here for details.