Whether local residents want to brighten the holiday for kids and seniors here in Cherokee County or for soldiers overseas, businesses all over the county can help those who want to lend a helping hand do just that.
Ponier Music Woodstock is collecting used musical instruments for children wanting to join school bands whose families can’t afford to rent instruments. The store buys used instruments, some of which are set aside for these students. Any instrument donated outright will be refurbished and used by a low-income student in local schools.
Credit Union of Georgia is collecting Toys for Tots donations at every branch, including the Canton and Woodstock branches.
O’Charley’s Restaurant on Riverstone Parkway is also a Toys for Tots donation site.
All Cherokee County fire stations are collecting Toys for Tots donations.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any donation site to give to Toys for Tots.
Rotary Club of Canton’s first-ever Pancakes with Santa will raise money for MUST Ministries and Papa’s Pantry. The breakfast is Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bridge Mill Fire Station on Bells Ferry Road. Santa is expected to arrive from the North Pole at 9:30 a.m.
The breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, orange juice and coffee and cost is $5. Bring your camera to take free photos with Santa.
For more information, call Jeff Mitchell at (678) 880-1287.
To help animals have a merry Christmas, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter will host Claus & Paws for a Cause from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at the county’s senior services building on Univeter Road.
A $10 donation includes a digital download of a professional photo with Santa, along with hot cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus and the elves. Pets are welcome.
The Lodge at BridgeMill will hold a holiday open house and soup supper from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. A $5 charge will benefit North Georgia Angel House, a home for teenage girls and young adult women.
The event will include holiday music performed by Fredrick Jones and The Soleil Singers, along with a special visit from Santa Claus.
At Woodstock Market, customers can donate to local seniors citizens in two ways. The market is collecting items for the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council’s Christmas gift bags and other needs.
Needed items include washcloths, pens and envelopes, bandages, toothpaste, denture cream and other toiletries.
Woodstock Market is also collecting items for “Santa bags” to be distributed at a local nursing home. Anyone wanting to help can choose a senior, purchase a gift from that senior’s list, wrap the gift in a bag provided by Woodstock Market, and return the gift and bag to Woodstock Market to be taken to the nursing home.
Caribou Coffee in Woodstock is partnering with the Canton-based Military Working Dog Team Support Association to send coffee to troops overseas. Customers can purchase a bag of coffee at Caribou to be sent overseas.
The coffee shop is collecting other items for the soldiers and dogs, including collapsible water bowls, Kong toys, FURminators, pet wipes, dog goggles, hand and foot warmers, hiking socks, and packages of dried fruits, nuts, chocolate and trail mix.
Cherokee Bank’s annual Coats for Christmas drive continues through Dec. 10. Donations are given to MUST Ministries. All Cherokee Bank locations and the Cherokee Association of Realtors (located on River Park Boulevard in Woodstock) are accepting coat donations.
The Realtors Association will host a holiday reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Admission is canned goods or a coat.