Voter registration drives under way across the Metro
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Voter registration drives under way across the Metro
Tuesday, Sept. 23, marked National Voter Registration Day and in DeKalb County, Pastor LaSalle Smith was joined by gospel radio personality K.D. Bowe to get the word out about the importance of voter registration. They led a registration drive at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Fairington Road in...
Stan Watson presents Deacons in Devotion
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Stan Watson presents Deacons in Devotion
A packed house turned out for DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson’s “Fourth Annual Deacons in Devotion” gospel music program on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. Watson provided a dessert reception and good old-fashioned gospel music from deacons representing...
Lego Day brings fun and “master builders” to Decatur
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Lego Day brings fun and “master builders” to Decatur
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Lithonia seniors ready to showdown with Motown
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Lithonia seniors ready to showdown with Motown
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Target donates $10,000 in school supplies to Kelley Lake Elementary
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Target donates $10,000 in school supplies to Kelley Lake Elementary
DECATUR—It felt like Christmas at Kelley Lake Elementary School. Through a partnership with the school and Kelly Lake Church of God in Christ, Target donated educational supplies and other goods totaling $10,000 to the school this week. Read more at www.ocgnews.com
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Rockdale Resource Center seeks help in replenishing food pantry

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CONYERS—At Thanksgiving, the Resource Center for Community Action (RCCA) provided more than 400 families with supplies and pounds of food. At Christmas, the organization hosted a party for about 300 people, providing free food, live entertainment and toys.
The numbers of needy continue to grow, RCCA founder Siddiya Swift says, and the group is looking for ways to continue to help.  

“With the present economy, under employment and food stamps being lowered, people keep coming,” said Swift. “People come from Rockdale, Newton, DeKalb, Monroe, McDonough and Oxford and pretty much whoever else needs help. The need is great and we want to help anyone we can.”


Now that the holidays are over, Swift said her organization needs help from the community to replenish supplies for the needy. RCCA hopes to distribute food this month, but is relying on the generosity and donations of those who are better off. 

  
“Some of our shelves are practically stripped down from the Thanksgiving mobile food pantry,” said Swift. “We have a good amount of meat here but other needs have grown for us.”

Items the organization needs include produce, both canned and fresh; peanut butter, rice; cereal; dry beans; dry milk; and eggs.
Swift and about 20 to 50 volunteers come together once a month to distribute the food and other items. The Home Depot and local grocery stores donate many of the items. U-Haul also donates a truck to haul all the goods. RCCA has been running the monthly food pantry for about six years at the county government annex at 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.
For Conyers resident Jarvis McCollyn, who is unemployed and taking care of his disabled uncle, the RCCA has served as a lifeline.

“This was a life saver for us. I really appreciate that nobody judges you here. Everybody is nice and treats you with respect,” said McCollyn. “They don’t do if for the money. They really care. Siddiya really gets us.”

Swift gets help from volunteers like Susan Cannon, who serves on RCCA’s Board of Directors. Cannon directs cars and signs up families during mobile food drives. Often, when the distribution days are held, lines of cars snake around the parking lot at the government annex.


Along with the food pantry and clothes closet, the Rockdale organization also provides emergency financial assistance, life skills training, as well as referrals for employment, education and housing.
To qualify for food pantry access, applicants are required to provide information on each resident in the household. While applicants do not have to disclose specific financial information, they are asked to share what circumstances they are currently experiencing that is causing financial hardship, such as unemployment or a change in income.

For more information on how to help the RCCA or if you are in need, call 770-760-1346.

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