Hello Friends,

'Tis the season for so many things—holiday hustle and bustle, "What in the world should I get Aunt Marge for Christmas?," baking and cooking favorite foods, and upholding treasured family traditions. It's also the season to be thankful—thankful for our blessings, thankful for our families and friends, and thankful to be able to help others in need.

We're thankful for you. However you support A Simple Gesture—as a food donor, driver, volunteer, financial donor, or friend—we appreciate you every day!

Wishing you a holiday season bursting with joy,
PS: We're compiling our year-end stats. Be on the lookout for our 2022 Impact Report. You'll be amazed at what all we've accomplished together!
Tinsel Town 2022: Vote for Our Tree!
If you're headed to the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, stop by Tinsel Town, which includes a display of decorated Christmas trees—including one for A Simple Gesture! Vote for our tree (number 8) and we could win $500 to feed even more children and families in Guilford County.
Not headed downtown? You can vote online: click here. There's no limit to how many times you can vote. A huge thank you to Fields Realty Group at Allen Tate, 336-404-1182, FieldsRealty.Group@AllenTate.com. A Simple Gesture volunteers Mike and Bethany Fields sponsored our tree and even ordered small green bags to place underneath. We had a great time planning and decorating with Bethany and Mike!
Need a Last-Minute Gift? Honor Cards Available (Act Quickly!)
Perfect for December holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and thinking-of-you moments, A Simple Gesture's honor cards are an easy way to celebrate someone you care about. Make a donation in any amount, and we'll mail the honoree a beautiful honor card alerting them to your kind gift. To order honor cards, visit https://asimplegesturegso.org/honorcards. (Hoping the card will get there by Christmas or Hanukkah? Order today! We can't control the mail, but we'll do our very best!)
All Aglow: Enjoy the Light Display!

The light display at 2606 Shady Lawn Dr. is in full swing! Enjoy the lights and drop off nonperishable food in the collection box. A huge shoutout to the Oliver family for their hard work putting on the light display and collecting food, too!

The display will light the night from 5:15 to 11:30 until the first week in January. Click here for directions on how to get there.
Annual Campaign: Make Your Gift Today

Our annual giving campaign is going strong. If you've already made a gift to A Simple Gesture, thank you! If you haven't, please click here to make your gift. We're trying our best to make sure every child and every family in Guilford County gets the food they need to lead for healthy, productive lives.
Big News: RePurpose Food Recovery Expanding in High Point

Thanks to generous funding from The Foundation for a Healthy High Point, our RePurpose food recovery program is poised for a major expansion in the High Point area.

If you own, manage, or work in a restaurant, school, or other food-related business, we'd love to talk with you! Contact RePurpose Director Laura Oxner to get started. RePurpose volunteer drivers pick up wholesome perishable food that can't be used and deliver it to nonprofits serving community meals or serving meals to clients. The RePurpose motto says it all: Feeding not wasting! Stay tuned for dates and details on this exciting expansion.
Sending a few extra-special thank-yous to:
  • Kathy Klein and her team of neighbors in Northern Shores for holding a huge food drive—2,366 pounds of food collected!
  • Deep River Plantation, Jamestown Public Library, High Point Theatre, St. Mary's Episcopal, the Crowne at James Landing, and Carolina Container for jumping in to host food drives for our High Point pantries.
  • River Landing, which hosted a holiday open house and invited guests to bring canned food for A Simple Gesture.
  • Fellowship Hall, Triad Business Journal, Friendly Homes West, and Syngenta for collecting food during December.
  • The Admissions Department at High Point University for filling green bags for the second year in a row.
  • Edward Jones on Old Plank Rd. in High Point for two carloads of food.
  • Kid Appeal Learning Center, Wesley Memorial School, and St. Francis Day School for encouraging the next generation of food donors.
  • Mother Murphy's for a highly successful food drive (they pulled in with a TRUCK!).
  • Girl Scout Troop #41738, Servant's Heart, Lionheart Academy, Canterbury, and our beloved "bag ladies" for tagging and updating thousands of bags to get us ready for 2023.
  • YOU, for filling a green bag, volunteering to drive, sorting food as it's delivered, making a financial gift, and telling your neighbors about A Simple Gesture. Thank you for being part of the ASG family!
Lights, Camera, Action!: Are You in Our Commercial?

Some of our grant funding allows us to do a little advertising to spread the word about A Simple Gesture during the holiday season. Watch for us on WFMY News 2 during local news. To see our commercial now, click here.
New Software: Thank You to Our Generous Funder!

We've launched our new Route4Me software that drivers are now using to pick up green bags. This exciting—and much needed—logistics update is made possible by generous funding from Volvo Group North America. We are grateful for their support!
Reverse Advent Calendar: Fun Twist for a Food Collection!

You've seen the Advent calendars where you receive a piece of candy or other small token each day as you count down to Christmas. A reverse Advent calendar means that, instead of receiving something each day, you give something each day. Carolina Management Team decided to host its first annual charitable giving project this year, and they used the format of a reverse Advent calendar.
Here's how it worked: Counting down to their company Christmas party, each day in December team members brought in a specific food item—a box of pasta on Monday, a jar of applesauce on Tuesday, and so forth. By the end of the project, their office Christmas tree had green bags loaded with much-needed food of all types for local food pantries.

What a fun way to give back! Thank you, Carolina Management Team!
Hear From Our Sustainers: Be a Hero for Hunger

"In addition to the importance of collecting food items regularly, A Simple Gesture relies on monetary donations to help purchase specific foods that may be in short supply. These financial contributions also help with administrative costs to keep the nonprofit operational. Although a recurring monthly donation works best for my budget, a single donation—or any amount sent on any frequency—is most appreciated and needed. And for me, a monthly amount also serves as a reminder that I'm helping feed the hungry in our community, and that feeds me a steady dose of joy."

Thank you to Leigh and to all of our monthly sustainers. A gift of $5, $10, $20, or $50 each month is a huge help to us. Learn more about monthly giving at asimplegesturegso.org/donate.
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