Totes to Tots- Please join us in supporting Georgia’s foster children!

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) is hosting the 18th annual Totes to Tots drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state:

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., GCS Camp Creek and Hawkinsville locations
  • Friday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all other GCS locations in Georgia
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., New Apostolic Church, Columbus, Ga.

More than 14,000 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Totes to Tots aims to change that by giving every foster child in Georgia a new or nearly new backpack, duffel bag or suitcase. Since Totes to Tots launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 60,000 bags.

GCS partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to distribute the bags in the counties in which they’re collected. Tom C. Rawlings, interim director of DFCS, praised those who support the program, which helps to bring a measure of comfort and respect to Georgia’s foster children.

“We are grateful for the hard work of Georgia Cancer Specialists, and all those who graciously donate their time and goods to make this annual event so successful.  These donations demonstrate to children in foster care that the communities they live in care about them.  The work that we do relies heavily on community support to lift up children in need,” said Rawlings.  “By providing backpacks and luggage, Totes to Tots offer our children a sense of stability during an uncertain time.”

Totes to Tots was originally held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision of philanthropy in giving back to the community.  The event is now held the preceding Thursday-Saturday to kick-off a weekend of service in his honor.

“Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly;’ that is why the GCS physicians and staff take pride in celebrating his memory by participating in Totes to Tots for the 18th consecutive year,” said Dr. Cheryl Jones, Vice President of GCS. “By positively supporting foster children through this program, we are impacting not only their ability to feel valued, but our future, when they succeed.”

Additional sponsorship is being provided by Courier Express, Perimeter Office Products, and Akerman LLP.

For more information about Totes to Tots and a list of drop-off locations, please click on the link below.

View the full list of drop-off locations


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