Where to go for food help (Nov. 18, 2013)
The generosity and giving spirit of the Rockdale-Conyers community means there is an abundance of events to give back to the community, especially during the holiday months. Here are just a few places where you can give donations or volunteer to help local families in need.
Ongoing - Meals on Wheels - This program provides hot, nutritious meals for home-bound senior citizens. The Rockdale County Senior Services center is in need of volunteer drivers to take the meals out to seniors. Time requirement is about an hour a week. For more information, call Melissa Pugh at 770-278-7263.
Ongoing - Clothing donation - Springfield Baptist Church is collecting gently used professional and casual clothing for its prison ministry. Donations can be dropped off at 1873 Iris Drive, Conyers.
November - "30,000 in 30 Days", Crosspoint Christian Church and Young Americans Christian School are teaming up to collect "30,000 in 30 Days" of canned foods and non-perishables, such as diapers, formula, toilet paper and more, by the end of November to donate to Rockdale Emergency Relief. For more information, call 770-483-1887.
Nov. 22 - Mobile Food Pantry Giveaway, 11 a.m.; Resource Center for Community Action, 3940 Highway 20 SE; free food and some patio sets, heavy duty mops, turkeys; in need of volunteers to help sort and distribute; 770-760-1346, Siddiya Swift, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 23 - Turkey Giveaway, 8 a.m.; Nehemiah Empowerment Ministries, 1005 Harding St; register to reserve a turkey; 770-755-4319.
Nov. 23 - 5K Turkey Trot/1M Tot Trot, 9 a.m.; 15th annual; Elks Aidmore, 2394 Morrison Road, Conyers; $20 early/$25 race day; age 8 and under $10 early/$15 race day; proceeds go to Elks Aidmore, which helps at-risk and abused foster youth in need of intensive therapy and support; sign up at beta.active.com/conyers-ga/running/elks-aidmore-turkey-trot-2013; 770-483-3535 or Abe@elksaidmore.net
Nov. 23 - First Responders Appreciation, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson, 900 Dogwood Drive; free lunch for Rockdale Sheriff's Office, Fire Department, National EMS. Conyers Police, GA State Patrol; 770-979-7999
Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Benefit Concert, 6 p.m.; Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main St.; sponsored by Bald Rock Baptist Church, 770-929-3421; to help families in need; email@example.com
Nov. 26 - Ecumenical Service, 7 p.m.; at St. Simon's Episcopal, 1522 Hwy 138; St. Pius X Catholic, Trinity Baptist, Conyers UMC, Epiphany Lutheran, St. Simon's Episcopal hold the 24th annual Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service.
Nov. 28 - Macedonia Baptist Church Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration, 10 a.m. - noon, 1052 Barton Street; serving homeless families and those without a place to go for Thanksgiving; to confirm your attendance, call 770-922-2611 by Nov. 27, 5 p.m., with last name, number of people attending in your family, any food allergies, and pickup address if transportation is needed; transportation begins at 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 28 - Unto the Least of These, 11 a.m., Glenn's Barb-B-Que, 137 Old McDonough Highway; free traditional Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who does not have a place to celebrate; reservations required by Nov. 24, no names but number of people needed; 678-964-2475.
Nov. 28 - Heritage Hills Baptist Thanksgiving meal, noon to 2 p.m., 2987 Ga. Highway 212; free Thanksgiving dinner for all in need; reservations requested; 770-922-2027 or Gcadwell@hhbcga.org.
Nov. 30 - Aubrae Gunderson Memorial 5K/Fun Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. 1 mile fun run, 9 a.m. 5K race, 10 a.m. awards, 10:30 a.m. High Heel Hustle (40-yard sprint in heels); Heritage High School, preregistration $16 with shirt, @1 with Drifit shirt before Nov. 20, race day higher; proceeds to Aubrae Gunderson Financial Assistance Foundation; $100 to elementary school with most participants, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 7 - Jingle Dash 5K, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. run/walk; Be the Change Fitness's 2nd annual 5K, at Whistle Post Tavern in Olde Town Conyers. Early registration $25 adults/$20 under 17. Race day $30/$25. Portion of proceeds go to Refuge Pregnancy Center. 678-374-9510, email@example.com
Dec. 7 - Conyers Riding Association Christmas Toy Run, 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. ride; Target Shopping Center, Ga. Highway 20 ends at Stone Mountain Harley; $15 or toy of equal cost for bides, $10 or toy of equal value for passengers; benefits Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund; food, drinks, prizes; Derrick Lee Goldben, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 8 - Empty Stocking Fund, 8:30 a.m. The Rockdale and Conyers Rotary Clubs come together to help children in need have a happier Christmas by taking them shopping at the Conyers Target with funds donated from the community.
Dec. 14 - Shop with a Cop, 8 a.m., at Conyers Walmart; at risk youth are taken on a gift shopping trip with Conyers Police, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol and other law enforcement officers with funds donated from individuals and local businesses.
Dec. 14 - Toys for Tots Jeep Ride, 8 a.m.; starts at Beef O' Brady's, 1679 Old Pendergrass Rd, Jefferson, Ga.; ends at Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 1890 Dogwood Dr., Conyers. Entry fee is one new unwrapped toy; for more information, Rusty Huggins, email@example.com, 678-210-2509.
Dec. 16-20 - Springfield Baptist food giveaway; accepting registration Dec. 16-20; 100,000 pounds of food will be distributed until supplies last. Must register in person at 1873 Iris Drive, Conyers. Registration hours are Dec. 16-17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Dec. 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 770-929-1111
If you know of more local charitable events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date, time, location, hosting organization, description, and a contact phone number or email.