January 8, 2015

In This Issue:
The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk.
The kindness and generosity of individuals and organizations continue to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. 

Thanks to those who gave in November 2014

Jason Meninger

Peggy Cannon
Patricia Garner
Donna Bradford
Elissa & Adam Silverman
Robert Johnson
Samantha Johnson
April Howze
Jim Newman
Mark Steele
Heather Rees
Catherine Anderson
Kimberly Styles
Melinda Stuck
Bill Blake
David Borna
David Harrison
Alan & Sally Davis
Karen Williams
Todd Peaster
Leslie Rubin
Kevin Brewster
Melanie Binkley
Greg Rose
Joan Marks
Mary Ann Hall
Petra Mote
Kimberley Borna
Caroyln Christmas
Joseph Dearie
Donna Widmaier
Paul Johnson
Mark Steele
Ventia Smith
Lee Ann Sherry
Kelly Johnson
Barbara Jarratt
Emily Jorgenson
Chris Rechter
Kimberly Pullen
Mary Ann Masterson
Tamara Thomson
Keely Phillpotts
Lisa Glanville
Kay Hall
Maureen & Tom Donoghue
Rebecca Brewster
Christopher Harrison
Brenda Rhodes
Joanne Shellman
Matt Barnett
Cynthia Chester
Betts Fisher
Carole Steele
Alice McQuade
Laynie Bird
Maureen Lok
Debbie Holman
Virginia Wolf
Barbara Williams
Rodney Wilson
Renee Salaun
Elaine Gill
Emily Borna
Hallie Campbell
Terri Fotiades
Taryn Reed
Anne & Barry Wallis
Jenn Jordan
Una Nyhan
RJ & Saundra Minnich
Philip & Heather Rees
The Konnichiwa Club
Community Care Food Bank Inc.
Tamara Thomson
Michael & Adrienne Kaufman
Vickie Sanders
American Charities
Karen & Martin Slack
Gerald & Barbara Dyck
Byron & Shannon Price
Chris & Kristin Miller
Avalon Mortgage Inc.
United Way of Greater Atlanta
IBM Employee Services
Richard & Kathryn Gibbons
Charles & Joanne Shellman
Ann Adair
The Community Foundation
Loraine & Lowell Fine
Cheri Fustino
Angela Robson
Brenda Rice
Lucretia Doyle
Mount Bethel
Lea Conway
Brenda Rice
National Charity League
We Give
Kim Sherk
Atlanta International School
Karen & Martin Slack
Susan Sherry
Diane Fowler
Kelly Johnson
Stephanie Owens

Holiday Highlights

Our youth have had a very happy holiday season thanks to the tremendous support of our friends and donors in the community! Here are some of the highlights:


December was busy as usual at CCYA! We held Santa's Workshop the week before Christmas. Led by our Chief Elf Kelly Johnson, volunteers sorted and wrapped gifts. We had volunteers from groups including Printpack, McEachern High School, and Genuine Parts Co.


The Circle for Children and Foresters Insurance Group came out in early December to decorate our homes for the holidays and bring lunch for the entire campus. This was a great way to get the kids into the holiday spirit! We were also fortunate to have Illuminating Design return this year to install lights outside on the roofs of our buildings.


Our group attended an amazing Christmas party held by Christal Sellers Smith's small group at the Marriott NW. Our kids enjoyed dinner from Panda Express, and Santa and Mrs. Clause were there to hear the kid's wishes and take photos. The CCYA choir performed some traditional Christmas carols and fun was had by all.


We were very blessed by all our community partners that made sure our kids were sponsored with enough presents to open on Christmas morning. Including Steve Hightower Salon, The Circle for Children, Cobb County Republican Party, Automated Logic, and many individuals. We are grateful to everyone who graciously gave.


We had some fantastic dinners and parties that month hosted by groups including Kelly Johnson's group, Libby Bradley with The Circle for Children, and Crace, Galvin & McGrath. They were a great treat for the kids and a nice break for staff!


"Midnight Santas" was a huge success again this year! During the kids' holiday break from school, we surprised them each night with late-night snacks. Volunteer groups and families showed up with their arms filled with treats like pizza, Chick-fil-A, and ice cream sundaes. The kids had a blast and couldn't wait to see what was coming each night!


THANK YOU to everyone who helped this year. You made the holiday an unforgettable one for our boys and girls.  


Save the Date


Steve Hightower Hair Artists' 6th Annual Thriving Children charity Fashion Show & Gala will be held on Friday, April 24th at the Fox Theatre in the Egyptian Ballroom. The event continues to get bigger and better each year, and we are looking forward to a great turnout in 2015! We are happy to announce that Karyn Greer will be our emcee, and we will have a special performance by Georgia's Best Female Country Artist of the year "Angela Reign."


This year's event brings together leading Atlanta fashions, hair, and beauty experts for a high energy runway fashion show experience to benefit The Center for Children & Young Adults. The program will begin at 7pm with a silent auction, cocktails, and bites provided by local restaurants. At 8 p.m., guests will experience a very fast paced hair and runway experience featuring the boldest fashions.


Tickets cost $75 for General Admission and $175 for VIP Admission or $300 for a pair of VIP Admission tickets. VIP admission includes front row seating and a special gift bag valued at $250.


For more information and to purchase tickets www.ATLthrivingchildren.org 


We are still in the process of securing sponsors and silent auction items, so if your business is interested in getting involved, please contact Andrea Watkins at 770-485-1639 or awatkins@ccyakids.org.

Mark your calendar! 

How to Get Involved in the New Year

Are you looking for a new way to help out at CCYA this year? Here are some great ways to get involved:


Food Donations

We LOVE getting food donations! We are already fortunate to receive regular donations of surplus items from Papa John's Austell Road, Dough in the Box doughnuts, and the Grateful Bread Company. If you or a business you know has food items to share, please let us know. We also accept pantry items (preferably large-size cans and boxes) to get us stocked up.



In addition to food donations, we love when groups come out to serve meals. Your group could schedule a monthly or quarterly dinner or weekend brunch for the kids! You may use our kitchens to cook or bring in something already prepared.


Celebrating Holidays

We are looking for a group to host a Valentine Banquet and Dance for our kid's off-campus in February. We would also like to plan cookouts, picnics, or parties for holidays throughout the year, including Memorial Day and 4th of July.


Garden Help

Do you have a green thumb? We have a wonderful community garden that we are very proud of. Maintaining this garden takes a lot of work! We always need experienced and enthusiastic volunteers to help!


Donations of Household Items

While the holidays are a very important time, your support is needed and appreciated year-round. We're always in need of basic household items to keep this place running! Some of our ongoing wish list items include:

  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion,...
  • Cleaning supplies: Clorox wipes, Lysol, window cleaner, bathroom cleaner
  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, disposable plates and cups
  • Linens: twin-sheet sets, towels, washcloths, comforters and bedding sets
  • Sock and underwear, undershirts, pajamas
  • Gift Cards to take the kids shopping for clothes (Target, Walmart, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, H&M)

For more information, contact Andrea Watkins at awatkins@ccyakids.org. 


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