Teen volunteer Leia Amos of Ball Ground, along with her friends and family, recently completed a garden upgrade at our shelter. The group built large, raised garden boxes and beautified our garden area, providing us a location to grow feed and plants. Leia completed 100+ hours of volunteer service to earn the Stars and Stripes Award from the American Heritage Girls. She chose CFVC as the beneficiary of her project after a family friend experienced abuse by their partner. We appreciate all of the hard work that Leia and the American Heritage Girls put in on this project, which planted a seed for many more positive things to come out of our garden.
Last week, the CFVC Children’s Program had a great Valentine’s Day Party! Decorating cookies, snacking, and getting a “box of love” made it the night a lot of fun for everyone involved. We want to thank Robin Hovanec and her daughter Lily for donating nearly 100 decorated shoe boxes filled with snacks, letters, and love. The children in our program were feeling very loved on the special holiday.
CFVC would like to thank Ms. Lawton’s first grade class from Knox Elementary School. The class assembled 30 Night Night tote bags for children in the emergency shelter. The tote bags include a stuffed animal, a blanket, books, and a special card with a positive message from the students and were designed to bring comfort to those that receive them. Thanks Ms. Lawton’s first grade class for all your hard work!
We have been visited by so many of Santa’s helpers this week who have been bringing in gifts for the families participating in our program. There is no way we could list everyone who has been so generous with us this season, but we wanted to share a little bit of the fun that we have been having with some tremendous community partners this week. Merry Christmas to all of our elves, especially those from Hearthside Towne Lake Senior Living, Hickory Flat Highway Automotive, Verizon Wireless North Alabama/North Georgia Sales Training Team, Kay Jewelers at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, Deep Green and Children’s Restoration Network, OneCoast, and Jessica Thomas.
We have had the pleasure of working with some exceptional young adults this Christmas season and wanted to highlight just a few of the projects that we have been lucky enough to be a part of this season, all made possible by local students.
We were invited to attend the Teach One to Lead One graduation at North Cobb High School a couple of weeks ago. Two classes of students have been participating in a multi-week program during one of their class periods, designed to build leadership through the development of universal principles. During the program, to highlight the universal principles of teamwork and compassion, the students completed a service project for CFVC. They collected funds and purchased items to create hand-tied fleece blankets. During the graduation ceremonies, each student spoke about lessons they learned through the program, and then presented the blankets to our program. It was a truly moving event and the blankets reflected the hard work the students put into the program.
Sequoyah High School Senior, Tori Gregg recently conducted a toy drive for the children in our program. Tori posted drop-off boxes in her school, church and work and asked for community members to donate stocking stuffers and small Christmas presents to benefit CFVC. The impressive donation she collected will benefit the youngsters who participate in our weekly Children’s Support Groups. We had a great time getting to know Tori and are excited to see what project she tackles next!
The Woodstock High School Beta Club paid a visit to our center and hosted a holiday party for the children. We have over 150 children living in our shelter and transitional housing, so seeing these special young adults give back to their community, quickly put us in the holiday spirit.
Aside from all of the fun that these projects brought to our center, we were overjoyed by the outpouring of support we received from local youth this season. Thank you to these special young adults for all they did to make Christmas a great season at Cherokee Family Violence Center this year.