It appears the sluggish economy didn’t hinder generosity in Forsyth County during the 2009 holiday season.
As a result, local nonprofits and other charitable organizations are expressing their gratitude to the community for its contributions to those in need.
Shelley Johnson, director of Forsyth County Senior Services, thanked everyone who supported the home-delivered meal holiday gift certificate and holiday Gift Angel programs.
“The support of the local community for our programs is tremendous and continues to exceed our expectations, ensuring our programs will continue to provide for all Forsyth County senior citizens in need,” she wrote in a letter to the Forsyth County News.
Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said Aerial’s House, a toy collection program the department sponsors, also had an amazing year.
With more than 2,000 children served in 2009, the charity doubled its collections from 2008.
“We expected an increase this year because it’s increased every year,” Shivers said. “However, I think that figure was a surprise to all of us."
"We were able to fill all requests for Aerial’s House, fortunately, thanks to the generous outpouring of support from citizens and businesses of Forsyth County.”
Shivers also thanked all fire personnel for their participation in the drive and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta for its help in getting the toys into children’s hands.
Officials with local nonprofits hope the community's generosity will extend into 2010. In particular, they have said the need for food is year round.
Listings of charitable organizations and their needs can be found in the Community Events section on this Web site.