HELP DESK: Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities

10:06 AM, Nov 24, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- This Thanksgiving, Metro Atlanta is stepping up to help families in need. Many events still need volunteers or donations. If you need help, most will accept anyone in need without pre-registration.

Thanksgiving Breakfast in Clayton County
The Association of Christian Ministers of Clayton County will hold a "Breadbasket Thanksgiving" at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale on Thanksgiving day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and clothing donations are still needed. You can contact Pastor Teresa Pugh at (678) 979-8448 or

S&D Community Development Corporation
S&D is member agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They need volunteers on Thanksgiving Day for three different shifts: 10 a.m. - noon, noon - 2 p.m., and 2 p.m - 4 p.m. Twenty-five volunteers per shift are needed to help set up, greet guests, bus tables, serve food, assist in the kitchen, and clean up. The center is located at 3250 Peachtree Corners Circle, Suite G in Norcross. You can contact volunteer coordinator Ms. Yollanda Sallard at

Free Thanksgiving dinner in Norcross
Campus Church is holding its annual free Thanksgiving meal for  in the Norcross community.  Everyone is welcome.  Dinner will be served from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the great hall.  The church is located at 1525 Indian Trail, Norcross 30093.

Hosea Feed the Hungry
Hosea Feed the Hungry already has the 3,000 volunteers it needs to cook and serve more than 15,000 meals this Thanksgiving. Because of ongoing renovations at Turner Field, the event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center this year. Registration for the Christmas dinner will open December 1st.

The USO plans to feed between 200 and 300 returning troops every day through Thanksgiving week. They're located on the second floor of the atrium at Hartsfield Jackson International airport. All servicemen and women and their families are welcome. They DO NOT need volunteers. Faith groups and local chefs already have the shifts covered, but they do still need some donations. Phone cards, fresh fruit, new neck pillows, candy bars, and individual servings of juice and milk are needed. Monetary donations will be used to help fund extra phone lines that allow returning troops to call their families anywhere in the world. Before dropping off donations, you need to call the USO office at (404) 761-8061. Donation times must be scheduled in advance because of security concerns.

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