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Four local nonprofits that need your help this holiday season
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Santa visits a young girl on Christmas day at the Dawsonville Tavern. The Tavern served 500 meals during their Feed the Hungry event on Sunday, including the elderly and homebound in Dawson County. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News

With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s no better time to volunteer with local nonprofits to make sure that others have an amazing holiday season. 

Here are four local nonprofits in Dawson County that need volunteers this year. 

Dawson Feed the Hungry 2020

On Christmas Day, local volunteers will hold the annual Feed the Hungry event at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Feed the Hungry is aimed at giving free hot meals to anyone who is in need of food on Christmas. But more than that, the event is meant to feed anyone that is physically, emotionally or spiritually hungry on Christmas Day. 

There are many ways to volunteer with Dawson Feed the Hungry 2020, including through food donations or volunteering time. The menu will consist of chicken tenders, spiral ham, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and desserts. Dessert donations may be dropped off at the Racing Hall of Fame either on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, and hot, prepared food must be dropped off on the morning of the event. 

Those interested in volunteering in person can volunteer for as long as they wish. 

For more information on Dawson Feed the Hungry 2020, call event coordinator Scotty Seay at (770)866-2005 or email Seay69@msn.com.  

RIC Rack Food Bank

RIC Rack Food Bank and Thrift Store is looking for donations of Thanksgiving foods and juices to distribute to people in need this holiday season. 

Through Nov. 6, local company Nelson’s Cabinet Solutions is offering a $300 cash prize to the person that donates the most food to RIC Rack. Those wishing to participate in this contest need to make sure that all food donations are credited to them. 

To donate to RIC Rack, you can drop off food donations at 829 Hwy. 9 in Dawsonville between noon and 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. 

K.A.R.E. For Kids

Each year K.A.R.E. for Kids provides Christmas gifts to local children whose families need a little extra help at the holidays. Last year K.A.R.E. for Kids was able to give presents to 650 local children. 

According to K.A.R.E. for Kids officials, there are many ways to help the organization throughout the year, not just at festival time. 

Monetary donations and unwrapped, new Christmas gifts are always welcome gifts to the Christmas program. The group puts up trees at places in the community like the Dawson County Walmart, United Bank and Regions Bank, so community members can pick up a star and purchase a gift for a child in need. 

Monetary gifts are always helpful too, officials say. To donate to K.A.R.E. for Kids, you can visit the organization’s website at http://www.kareforkids.org/ or mail a check to P.O. Box 211. 

Meals By Grace

Meals By Grace is a Forsyth-based nonprofit that provides meals to local families, including monthly home meal deliveries in Dawson County. 

Meals by Grace always welcomes donations of food, money or time. Those who help with the Dawson County meal delivery help to pack food for families and then deliver the meals to Dawson County families. 

Food donations are always welcome, and the organization posts lists of the most-needed items on their website. Food donations can be brought to 432A Canton Road in Cumming between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, or to 775 Sanders Road in Cumming for all other hours. 

Monetary donations can be sent as a check made payable to “Meals by Grace” to the organization’s administrative office at 432A Canton Road, Cumming, GA, 30040. For information on volunteering or on food donations, visit https://mealsbygrace.org/Volunteer.aspx.