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'Tis the Season!

Looking for Opportunities to Give Back During the Holiday Season? Below are a few programs that are spreading Holiday Cheer to those in need throughout Forsyth County.





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2550 The Place Circle
Cumming, GA 30040


Thanksgiving Food Box Distribution

This annual holiday food distribution provides needy residents with food for the week of Thanksgiving. Families will receive a box of food appropriate for their family size. 



  • Want to do a Drive? The Place is currently looking for groups to host food drives for items for the Thanksgiving Distribution. Simply fill out the Food Drive Host Info Form and return it to The Place via email or fax (770.889.5756).
  • The Place is also seeking assistance in securing fresh turkeys, hams and/or fresh vegetables the Thanksgiving Boxes. Call 770.887.1098 for more information.


  • Registration is from October 1 - November 13 at The Place of Forsyth County, 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, GA 30040
  • Documents required to complete the application:
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of residency in Forsyth County (Must be a current document such as a utility bill, tags, school verification, mortgage, etc. that is dated within the past 30 days)
    • Proof of Food Stamps/Medicaid. The letter is required. (If no Food Stamps: Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (4 pay stubs if paid weekly, 2 if paid bi-weekly). Income includes all Employment Money, Cash Received, Food Stamps, SSA, SSI, TANF, Child Support letters, etc.)
  • Food will be distributed on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00am - 11:00am for families in Forsyth County.

Coat Drive

Each year, The Place offers new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves and hats to Forsyth families in time for the winter chill. Donations can be dropped off at The Place
Monday - Saturday, 9-4pm.



770 Canton Highway

Cumming, GA 30040



On Thursday, Nov. 26, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Cumming First United Methodist Church will host a Community Thanksgiving Meal. All in the community are invited to attend the free meal at the church's Family Life Center at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming.


To request home delivery of Thanksgiving meals, please contact CFUMC at 770-887-2900.


Volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal are welcomed.


For more information, please visit their website.




The Place of Forsyth County

2550 The Place Circle
Cumming, GA 30040



Each year in Forsyth County, hundreds of parents struggle to make the holidays special for their families. Join us this year as we invite the community to support these families! This year, the program formate will change to a Holiday House where parents can shop for gifts for their children. We hope to provide assistance to families with the generous support of our nonprofit, school, business and faith communities.



  • Donations of new toys with the exception of good condition used bicycles may be dropped off at Freedom Tabernacle Church (2160 Freedom Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041)
  • Drop off Dates are Monday, November 30 - Thursday, December 3 from 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Please click here for a wish list of items


  • Volunteers will be needed at Freedom Tabernacle Church for room setup, deocrating, gift sorting, registration, shopping guides, trasnportation assistance and cleanup. For a complete volunteer schedule and volunteer registration information, please click here.



  • WHO: Parents may sign up children who are 18 or younger (high school aged children must be enrolled in school). They will need to contact their child's school social worker for more information. If parents have preschool aged children, please refer to the sign-up dates and required documentation below.
  • Families will need to provide documentation that they receive or are at the income level to qualify for Medicaid or Food Stamps. A current Medicaid/Food Stamps letter or pay stubs may be used for documentation. A donation of $3 per child is appreciated to help establish a fund to assist with community needs.
  • WHEN: Families will need to bring their income documentation in order to sign up. Registration dates are below.
  • WHERE: Parents may shop at Holiday House at Freedom Tabernacle Church at an assigned date and time in December. Children three and older will not be allowed in the shopping area, so parents will need to make childcare arrangements if their children cannot play in the supervised child holiday crafts and activity area while their parents shop for gifts.
    • Shopping Dates:
      • Friday, December 4 from 9:00am-7:00pm
      • Saturday, December 5 from 8:00am-2:00pm
      • Friday, December 11 from 9:00am-7:00pm
      • Saturday, December 12 from 8:00am-2:00pm



KARE for KIDS (Dawson County Residents)




KARE for KIDS will be accepting applications for assistance for the 2015 Holiday season at the Campground Center, 671 Lumpkin Campground Rd, Suite 110, Dawsonville, GA 30534 (Please park on the side of the building facing the outlet mall and enter through the upstairs door)


  To donate or sponsor a child this Holiday season, contact KARE for KIDS at 706.216.5273 or send them an email.



  • You must live full-time in Dawson County along with your child(ren) that you are seeking assistance for
  • If your child(ren) is school aged, they must attend Dawson County schools
  • Your child(ren) must be school age or younger
  • You must NOT receive assistance from any other agency for this holiday season
  • You Must Bring Each of the Following to Qualify for Assistance:
    • GA driveres license or state issued picture ID
    • Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill)
    • School report card (if child(ren) is of school age) or birth certificate
    • Income verification for last 2 months for all persons employed in the household
    • Court documents if you are the guardian of the child(ren)
  • You Will Need To Know:
    • Your child(ren)'s exact clothes and shoe sizes
    • Specific clothing needs for your child(ren)
    • 3 specific items that your child(ren) would like for Christmas
    • Your child(ren)'s homeroom teacher (if chid is in school)

Applications for Assistance Will be Accepted on the Following Dates:

  • Monday, October 12           6:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 17          9:00-11:30am     
  • Monday October 19            6:00-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 27           6:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 31          9:00-11:30am
  • Monday, November 2         6:00-8:30pm     Community Resource Fair
  • Saturday, November 7        9:00-11:30am
  • Monday, November 9         6:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, November 14      9:00-11:30am