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Community honored for philanthropy
Windermere supports Sheriffs’ Youth Homes
Taylor McGee, left, and sister Avery join Santa in his sleigh during a celebration Thursday at the Windermere Lodge in honor of the community’s special recognition by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. - photo by Autumn Vetter

A south Forsyth neighborhood has been honored for its support of an organization that helps children who come from bad situations.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton presented the Windermere community with an award of recognition for its efforts benefitting the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.

"I cannot thank you enough for all the work that you have done," Paxton said. "I understand that this is a unique award in that Windermere is the only subdivision throughout the state of Georgia that has taken this on as a project."

The presentation was made Thursday night during the neighborhood’s holiday celebration at its lodge.

The youth homes group provides shelter and other services to children who have been abandoned, neglected or abused.

Richard Pickering, its program coordinator, noted that Windermere has held various fundraising events including garage sales, a fun run, fall festival and charity dinner for the youth homes.

In addition, proceeds from pizza sold at Thursday night’s event were also donated to the organization.

"This community has been tremendous in terms of helping out," said Pickering, adding that Windermere has raised thousands of dollars and community awareness for the organization.

Cristy Edwards, who serves on Windermere’s social committee, said the community was proud of the award.

"We try very hard and we promote the organization as much as we can throughout the year," said Edwards, adding that Windermere is honored to be able to help the children of the youth homes.

"We look forward to helping them in the future," she said.