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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — An annual event that collects bags for children in foster care has been deemed a success by organizers.

According to information from Georgia Cancer Specialists, now a part of Northside Hospital, the 12thannual Totes 2 Tots drive collected more than 3,600 backpacks, suitcases and other bags for children from its various offices throughout Georgia.

Locally, the office on the campus of Northside Hospital-Forsyth took in nearly 125 bags in the effort, which was held Jan. 17. That’s more than double the 62 bags collected in 2013.

In a statement, physician Cheryl Jones, vice president and chief medical officer for Georgia Cancer Specialists, said this year’s drive was the most successsful in the event’s history.

“Year after year, Totes 2 Tots allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the foster children in our state and invest in their futures,” she said. “I am grateful to the community, our volunteers and everyone who contributed.”

Since it began in 2003, the annual drive has gathered some 37,000 bags for children and teens who otherwise may have to carry their belongings in garbage bags as they between foster homes.

“It may seem insignificant to the rest of us, but for a child whose life is upended these generous gifts offer some sense of stability in the transition to another home,” said Keith Horton, commissioner of the department of human services.