OUR RECIPIENTS

Our recipients are chosen through a grant style selection process to ensure that the money and toy raised will go to those most in need and not administration cost or leadership. Select a charity below to view their profile.

PADV | Boggy Creek Camp | GWT Children’s Shelter | VFW Home | Friend’s House | Haven House | Kid Stuff

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PADV

GWINNETT AND FULTON COUNTY

PADV works to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors.For 40 years, PADV, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta.

PADV began as an all-volunteer agency in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Today, the agency has 36 full- and part-time staff with an administrative office and two 24-hour emergency shelters in Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

PADV works to end domestic violence by:

  • offering safety and shelter for battered women and their children
  • restoring power, self-sufficiency and control to domestic violence survivors
  • and educating the public on the dynamics of domestic violence

Values

  • Always do the right thing.
  • Provide programs built on best practice.
  • Embrace diversity as an essential component of all we do.
  • Create a work environment built on trust and mutual respect.

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Camp Boggy Creek

Camp Boggy Creek’s mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, along with other business and community leaders throughout Florida, the Camp offers year-round programs for children and families free of charge. Camp Boggy Creek is funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partners, and is a proud member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

During its first year of operations in 1996, Camp Boggy Creek welcomed 675 children for summer programs and 94 families for retreats. By comparison in 2015, the Camp welcomed 1,147 summer campers and 543 families for one of the medically supervised, three- to six-day therapeutic camp programs. Current Programs

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Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit 501(c)3, faith based agency that grew out of a volunteer effort involving the PTA, business and community leaders and countless individuals who became aware of the growing need for services for the abused, abandoned, and runaway children of Gwinnett County and surrounding communities.Planning and development of the shelter began in 1986 and the first child was served in the fall of 1987. Over the past 25 years the shelter has grown to offer far more than emergency shelter services. We now offer an array of services that impact more than 6,500 youth and 300 families annually from all across the North Metro Atlanta area.

The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a residential care facility that provides both long and short term services to children who have exprerienced abuse, neglect, violence, abandoment and are in need of care in a loving and nuturing environment. We provide services to children of every race, creed, color, and religion, providing an opportunity for the children to attend public schools, develop self-esteem, and experience trusting relationships with peers and adults. Our programs focus on enhancing each child’s ability to function successfully in society with attention to accountability and safety. We also develop customized life plans for the mom’s with a results driven program to end the cycle of homelessness for that family. Our core services are under the supervision of our licensed therapist and supported by a team of client advocates and resident advisors.

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VFW National Home for Children

The VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s military and veteran families during difficult times. It was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war — mothers and children, brothers and sisters — could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn’t come home.

Today’s families face different challenges — reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others — and the National Home has evolved over our decades-long history to meet those changing needs.

The idea for the National Home was first planted in 1923 when the Military Order of the Cootie presented the concept to the VFW at its national convention. Members of the VFW embraced the idea of a home for the children and families of veterans, and the VFW National Home for Children was born as a non-profit corporation separate from the VFW itself.

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A Friend’s House

All children need a home to provide a sense of security and unconditional love. Unfortunately, for many children, “home” is a place devoid of these necessities. In 1995, a group of concerned Henry County citizens decided to take a stand for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The result was A Friend’s House, a home for children in crisis. The doors opened on October 27, 1998 and over 1880 children have been welcomed since. A Friend’s House operates as a home for children in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. Residents stay for an unspecified length of time while a best course of action is determined based on a child’s assessment needs.

The support of Henry County citizens helped build A Friend’s House. The dream is still moving forward as additional construction was completed in 2006 on a million dollar expansion that doubled the size of A Friend’s House. This expansion includes an additional 12 bed adolescent wing, additional offices and much needed storage space.

A Friend’s House is dedicated to meeting the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis. Services such as counseling, medical treatment, academic assistance and recreational opportunities are available for the children. Please join us in our effort to improve the lives of these special children. Please visit the other pages on our website detailing volunteer opportunities or giving opportunities.

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Haven House

The word “shelter” may conjure up images of a crowded, impersonal space where people are warehoused in large groups. The new Haven House shelter for women and children strives for an atmosphere of caring and safety.

The current building opened in 2011 and can house 40 to 50 residents.

Adult women who come to the shelter alone are housed in a double room and share a community bathroom facility, similar to a college dormitory. Mothers with children are housed in an individual family room with a private bath. There are six double rooms and eight family rooms.

There is a playroom for younger children and a lounge for teens, in addition to the large community living room. A large, modern kitchen provides several cooking areas. There are two spacious laundry rooms for residents to use.

The Haven House shelter provides for both privacy and socialization, with trained staff available to help guide residents through the process of finding legal protection and moving to more permanent housing.

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Kid Stuff

KidStuff exists to bring love and laughter into the lives of children who through disease, strife or family difficulties have special needs. We passionately seek to discover and raise the awareness of the challenges that these children and their families face and work through our KidStuff Action Team to positively affect the lives of these children. Across Georgia KidStuff is engaged in working with families who have children affected with autism and families who provide for foster children.

The focus of our organization is to offer outdoor opportunities and recreational experiences for special needs children. While our Family Fun and Fishing Festivals have become our signature program, KidStuff works in many ways to serve families with challenged children around the world.