Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS)—the largest private oncology/hematology practice in the Southeast—along with WSB-TV—the largest TV station in Atlanta—will be collecting suitcases for Georgia’s foster children on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day during its fifth annual “Totes 2 Tots” suitcase drive. The event will be held Monday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12 locations across Georgia, including seven in the Metro Atlanta area.
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“Totes 2 Tots” delivers new or nearly new suitcases to foster children in Georgia, many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags. The annual volunteer event was first launched by GCS in 2003 and has collected and distributed over 6,200 bags.
“Martin Luther King Day is a day for community outreach, not simply a day off,” said Dr. Bruce Feinberg, President/CEO of GCS. “Through ‘Totes 2 Tots,’ we honor Dr. King by helping to bring respect and dignity to the foster community in Georgia.”
In 2005, WSB-TV recognized the importance of the drive and agreed to support it as a part of its Family 2 Family Project. This will be the third year that GCS and WSB-TV have partnered for “Totes 2 Tots.” Family 2 Family is the longest running locally produced, comprehensive, station-wide public service effort in Georgia. It includes shows such as People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program hosted by Jocelyn Dorsey that chronicles events and newsmakers in metro Atlanta.
Last year, “Totes 2 Tots” gathered over 1,900 suitcases in a single day. The bags stay in the county in which they are collected, and are distributed to local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) offices.
**Statistics from Governor Sonny Perdue’s web site: