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Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal Visits Ivy Prep

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 in Gwinnett News, IPA News, News

Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal visited Ivy Preparatory Academy this week to ask students to participate in the Salvation Army’s annual holiday canned food drive Friday. Deal told a group of more than a dozen Ivy Prep student ambassadors that the sluggish economy has some Georgia families facing unemployment and homelessness this holiday season. “You are all lucky that you are in a great school with supportive parents and great teachers who love you,” said Deal. “Not every child has that.”

Georgia poverty statistics shared by the Salvation Army revealed that one in four children deal with hunger each day and wonder when their next meal will come. On Friday, the Salvation Army will collect food donations to combat hunger in Georgia. Can-a-thon donations can be dropped off at several participating locations include The School Box stores in metro Atlanta and at Turner Field.
Salvation Army Major John Fuller said last year’s Can-a-thon fed more than 107,000 people. Approximately 17,000 bags stuffed with food for holiday meals were distributed to the needy.

Fuller is hoping donations will increase this year. Items needed include dry goods such as rice, pasta and cereal as well as canned vegetables, fruit and meat. “There are a lot of people who need food,” Fuller said. “These cans are the difference between somebody going hungry.” The Salvation Army’s annual holiday giving campaign is also underway. Salvation Army Bell-ringers outside of grocery and department stores are collecting money to fund programs that aid families in crisis. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to families who need help with gas, heat, rent and other items. The Angel Tree Program supplied more than 191,000 toys to children in poverty last year.

In addition to donating to the poor, Deal, a former elementary school teacher, also challenged Ivy Prep students to achieve academically so they can go to college and create jobs. Deal told students that she also attended a girl’s school that prepared her for leadership. The campus Georgia State College for Women is now Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. With a college education, “you can be whatever you want to be,” Deal said. “I went through college in three years, I doubled up … and took summer school classes. I wanted to get out early. I wanted to start making money.”

For more information on the canned food drive visit www.salviationarmyatlanta.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Salvation Army Can-a-thon Food Donations can be dropped off at the following sites Friday:

Turner Field (Fulton)
Gold Lot, Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta
Collection Time: 5am – 1pm

The School Box (South Gwinnett)
3865 Venture Drive, Duluth
Collection Time: 5am – 1pm

The School Box-Town Center (Kennesaw)
Town Center Prado, 50 E. Barrett Parkway
Collection Time: 5am – 1pm

State Mutual Stadium, Rome
Veterans Memorial Highway
Collection Time: 8am – 1pm