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Loving Forsyth seeks donations for families
Drop off supplies at any fire station
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Forsyth County News

For more information on Loving Forsyth, call (678) 208-2000. A Web site,, which will include lists of needed items, is expected to be up and running by Monday.
Forsyth County fire stations are accepting donations for a new community outreach program.

Founded by Jim Sharp and Jerry Dupree, the Loving Forsyth program seeks to bring area churches, businesses and the general community together for large projects that couldn’t be handled on a small scale.

Sharp is the director of Abba House, a long-term residential ministry that assists women dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, while Dupree is community development coordinator for the Forsyth County YMCA.

Loving Forsyth’s first project is to provide support to 200 local families identified by the Forsyth County school system as living in poverty, Sharp said.

“Just like the name says, this is all about loving Forsyth and meeting the needs of people in the community,” Sharp said.

“We hope to provide 25,000 pounds of food and 4,000 pieces of clothing to these families during an event on Aug. 21.”

During the event, families will also receive toiletries and first aid kits and can get haircuts and medical and vision screenings.

Every fire station in the county will serve as a drop-off location for the project, said Fire Capt. Jason Shivers.

Donations of bagged clothing, food and toiletries can be taken to any station at any time of day.

Another drop-off location at 870 Dahlonega Hwy. is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Sharp said, or donors can set up another time to drop off at that site by calling (678) 858-1177.