With the economy woes of the past year, many more families are in need of a little extra help this holiday season. If you would like to make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors in need this year, just check out this list for some ways you can help:
* The Storage Neighbor at 3585 Hutchinson Road will serve as a drop off location for Toys for Tots. For more information, call (770) 887-4449 or go online at www.storageneighbor.com.
* Aerial's House toy collection program, sponsored by the Forsyth County Fire Department, is looking for new, unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday season. Toys may be dropped off at any fire station or department headquarters at 3520 Settingdown Road and under the Christmas tree in the County Administration Building.
* The Holiday Giving Tree for Kids program of the Forsyth County Family YMCA is in need of sponsors to help families in need of holiday gift-giving assistance. For more information, call (678) 341-6337 or go online at fcy.ymcaatlanta.org.
* Angels Over Forsyth will be accepting sponsors to provide Christmas gifts for children in the custody of DFCS, part of the CASA program and in the juvenile court system through Dec. 22. Anyone wishing to sponsor a child should contact Kathy Goodberlet at (678) 549-7752 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This year's drop off site is at 115 Merchants Square in Cumming. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Angels Over Forsyth is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
* Pet photos with Santa will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at PetSmart, on Market Place Boulevard. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Forsyth County No-kill Shelter. For more information, go online at www.forsythpets.org.
* Meals on Wheels is accepting gifts of time and money this holiday season. Gift certificates can be purchased through the senior center to pay for a day, week, month or year of hot meals. Contact: (770) 781-2178.