How to help
To sponsor a child through the YMCA Holiday Giving Tree for Kids program, e-mail Jerry Dupree at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 14. Monetary donations can also be made by dropping off or sending a check to the Forsyth County Family YMCA, 6050 Y Street, Cumming, GA 30040. Put ‘HGTK’ in the memo line. Toys and clothing can be left at any Forsyth County fire station.
Some of Santa’s helpers are being sought by leaders of the local YMCA.
Sponsors are needed for the Forsyth County Family YMCA’s Holiday Giving Tree for Kids program.
Organizer Jerry Dupree said nearly 2,400 children are registered for the program this year, the most in its history.
“Last year, we had 2,278 kids,” he said. “And back when the program was run through The Place [of Forsyth County], they said the most they ever had was about 1,200.”
Dupree said sponsors commit to providing $50 to $75 in toys and clothing for each registered child, all of whom belong to families living below 150 percent of the national poverty level.
“All the families were screened and are truly in need,” Dupree said.
Dupree explained that anyone wanting to sponsor a child can e-mail him at email@example.com and include name, phone number, street address and number of children to sponsor.
He then sends them information on the child, including their wish list, clothing sizes and parents’ contact information.
After shopping for their child, the donor then gets in touch with the parents to set up a time for the family to pick up the gifts.
But if that sounds too complicated or time consuming, Dupree said donors can also just make a monetary donation or a gift of new toys or clothing, which will go into the program’s “warehouse.”
Dupree said any children who don’t get sponsors will receive gifts from the warehouse.
Toys and clothing can be brought to any Forsyth County fire station, and checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Forsyth County YMCA.
“Just be sure to put ‘HGTK’ in the memo or for line,” Dupree said.
The last day to register to sponsor a child is Dec. 14.
“We still have nearly 1,400 kids who need sponsors,” Dupree said. “We want all of these kids to have something on Christmas morning.”