Is Atlanta A Generous City?

The holiday season is in full swing and Patch's Question of the Week wants to know: is our community a generous one at this time of year?

'Tis the season for holiday parties, gifts for friends and family and jingle bells.

But is it also a season for giving? And if so, is Atlanta a generous city to those less fortunate during the holidays?

The U.S. Marines and Toys for Tots are as certain a holiday fixture throughout  metro Atlanta as the Pink Pig and the Macy's Christmas tree. Hardy souls are being offered the chance to experience a Marine Corps-style workout in exchange for an unwrapped toy on Dec. 15. 

A Toys for Tots benefit was held just this week in Virginia Highland and Druid Hills, and a Masonic lodge in Chamblee is offering residents the chance to drop off an unwrapped toy for a needy child for the first time ever.

But it's not just Toys for Tots that reaches out for donations and assistance this time of year. Buckhead Christian Ministries is asking for toys for children, and KIPP STRIVE Academy in southwest Atlanta is collecting pajamas for children in need.

And Thursday, Dec. 6, is Georgia Gives Day, where will be the beneficiary of a single, statewide day of giving.

With all of these worthwhile philanthropic goings on, is Atlanta a generous community? Does the city give enough, too much or not enough to these causes? And does the spirit of giving end on Dec. 26, or does it extend throughout the year for the metropolis once called, 'the city too busy to hate?'

Share your thoughts in our Comments section below.


Related Items:

Toys For Tots And Workout With The U.S. Marines.

Jingle Jam! Toys for Tots Benefit.

Chamblee Masonic Lodge Hosting Toys For Tots Dropoff.

Give Local Children A Merry Christmas.

Party For A Cause And Donate Unused Pajamas At KIPP STRIVE.


A. RaeNee Jemison December 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We are a most giving city indeed! If you are considering giving today to Georgia Gives Day - Please consider Nicholas House www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/nicholashouse/ Thank you very much! Have a spectacular day.
Stephen W. Ramsden December 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Or, the largest solar astronomy outreach program in the world is located in Virginia Highlands. The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project takes observatory quality solar telescopes to 60+ middle schools and high schools per year in the Southeast and teaches over 50,000 students yearly about the Sun and Spaceweather. We have one person doing this work with no salaried employees. Only people interested in expanding science int he community. <.5% opeating costs since 2008. If you would like to bypass the commissions and the administrative salaries etc... and see your gift go DIRECTLY to students please visit www.charliebates.org to mnake a donation. If you would like to schedule a FREE visit from our group to your school or nonprofit, you can request that on the site also. Stephen W. Ramsden Director


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