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Donations sought for Christmas Wish Tree
Credit union effort aids foster children
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Forsyth County News

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Gifts of new toys and clothing items for Forsyth County foster children will be accepted through Dec. 14 at the Georgia United Credit Union Cumming branch, 312 Canton Hwy. It is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday.

A local credit union is seeking holiday donations for children in need.

Georgia United Credit Union, with a branch at 312 Canton Hwy., recently kicked off its 23rd annual Christmas Wish Tree program.

Through the program, Georgia United customers and the general public are invited to drop off donations of new toys and clothing items.

The items are then donated to local Departments of Family and Children Services for foster children.

Kelly Sloan, with the local branch, said this year’s gifts will go to two Forsyth County brothers the office “adopted” for the program.

“They’re 6 and 8 years old,” she said. “We get kind of a wish list for the kids and we put them on little tags on the tree. Then our members and the public come in and pick one of the gifts off the tree and bring that in unwrapped.”

Cash donations are also accepted through the program, which Sloan said goes back to DFCS to buy gifts for other children. Other toy donations besides those on the wish tree are also accepted.

“All donations are appreciated,” Sloan said. “Any extras go to other children in DFCS care.”

The Christmas Wish Tree program is one of Georgia United’s longest running community service projects. It’s estimated that more than 12,500 gifts have been donated to Departments of Family and Children Services in various counties over the past 23 years.

Last year, the effort collected more than 730 gifts.

Sloan said the Cumming branch always comes through for the children.

“Our members in Forsyth are so generous,” she said. “We had a lot of donations even last year and last year was a tough year for everybody because of the economy.”