Dr. Cindy Brown has three small children who have received an abundance of gifts in their short lifetime. Last year Dr. Brown asked her children to donate their older toys to other children to make room for the new toys that they would receive last Christmas.
She brought these toys to her offices and added new toys which she purchased. Since she is a pediatrician families with small children come into her office on a regular basis. When a family came to her office for treatment and she could determine that they were having financial hardship, she took one of the parents to her storage area and allowed them to select toys for their children. These toys were put into a black garbage bag to conceal them and they were secretly taken to the patient’s car to be given to the children on Christmas day. This was very satisfying to Dr. Brown and her family.
This year Dr. Brown and staff decided to expand this process and request others to participate with her in giving these Christmas toys to the children. The staff at Northwest Georgia Medical Group has joined with her and they have implemented the First Annual Christmas Toy Drive through the Medical Center.
Dr. Brown’s practice donated funds which were given to her nursing staff so that they could go shopping for new gifts to add to the almost new gifts that have been collected. She has reserved two rooms in her offices to store these gifts and they already contain a number of gifts. One room contains boy gifts and one room contains girl gifts. The need in our county is great and all of the gifts that are collected will be channeled to small children to make their Christmas joyful.
In addition to distributing the toys to the Northwest Georgia Medical Center patient base they will be passed on to other agencies in Gordon County that help families during the Christmas season.
The Department of Family and Children Services has a Christmas party for families that have been affected by DFACS actions during the year. Part of these toys will be given to the staff at DFACS so that they can wrap them and have a gift for every child to unwrap at this party.
The Family Resource Center has a program called Grand Families of Gordon County which also helps supply needs of families during this season. They will receive a part of the toys that are collected in this First Annual Christmas Toy Drive program.
Other than the patients of the Northwest Georgia Medical Group the Toy Drive will not directly distribute the toys that are collected. Government agencies that help to supply the needs of people who are unemployed and in need are not permitted to disclose the names of these individuals for any charitable purpose. This is to protect their privacy and keep them from being embarrassed. These donated toys are being distributed through organizations that have the contacts to see that they are given to the proper recipients.
If you are a part of an organization that needs toys to distribute during this Christmas season, feel free to call Dr. Brown’s office and leave a message so that she can get in touch with you.
If you have new or almost new toys that you would like to donate to the First Annual Christmas Toy Drive, you can leave them in the big red boxes at the lobbies of the Northwest Georgia Medical Center or Gordon Hospital.
Dr. Brown wishes to mention and remind others of the annual new toy drive that the local EMS does as well.
Dr. Brown and other agencies are to be commended for this wonderful loving Christmas effort. Many children in Gordon County will be happy on Christmas morning as a result of their work on this project.