Festival of Trees
Participating Nonprofits

November 11 - December 26, 2022

On Display at Town Center at Cobb (Belk Wing) November 11 -  December 26, 2022

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Adventure Bags

“Wings of Comfort and Protection”

We serve displaced children offering them book bags filled with hygiene essentials and comfort items when they are in crisis. We work with DFCS, domestic violence shelters, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, homeless shelters across Georgia. The book bags provide comfort and security during traumatic events. The bags are something the children can call their own, something to keep wherever they go.  North Atlanta Events is proud to sponsor the Adventure Bags Tree!

How to support Adventure Bags

You can support us through Direct Contributions,  Online Shopping Contribution Programs with Amazon and Volunteering to help pack bags.

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Advocates for Children

“Over the Rainbow”

Advocates for Children provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect through programs aimed at reducing the incidence of child abuse and keeping families together. Advocates serves 11 Northwest Georgia counties offering safety, comfort and hope to over 14,000 children, youth, and adults every year. 

How to support Advocates for Children

Financial donations, volunteers, corporate donors and caring people in the community fulfilling wishlists are fundamental to the success of our organization. 

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A.G. Rhodes

“The Memory Tree” Honoring the cherished memories and stories of our elders

A.G. Rhodes is one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofits and has set the standard for serving an aging community since 1904. Our three locations in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties provides services in long-term care, short-term recovery and therapy & rehabilitation services and takes a holistic approach to caring for residents’ physical, social, mental and health needs.

How to Support A.G. Rhodes

There are many ways to support our wonderful residents and their caregivers with your time, talent and treasure. Help us fulfill our mission to “live well” during all stages of life!

Visit the A.G. Rhodes Angel tree at Festival of Trees and take a tag with items needed for a resident of A.G. Rhodes in need.

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Big Brothers 

 "The Dazzling Defender of Potential"

 At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, we work with volunteers, parents, and families to create one-to-one mentoring relationships that defend, inspire, and empower the potential that lives within every kid. We are ready to build the biggest possible future, together.

How to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

We need caring adults to volunteer to mentor youth full of potential in Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, and Dekalb counties, as well as Metro Atlanta.

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Canine CellMates

"12 Dogs of Christmas"

Canine CellMates strives to provide a better life for both the inmates in the Fulton County Jail and rescued shelter dogs from FCAS. During an intensive ten week course consisting of education, training and overall care for the dogs, we hope to positively change both the dogs and the inmates. During the course, inmate handlers train and bond with their assigned dog. Our goal is for the dogs to graduate into a wonderful, forever home. 

How to Support Canine Cellmates

Volunteer:  There are so many opportunities for individuals or groups to help. No matter what your skills, we can find a way for you to share love and hope.

Adopt:  Give a good dog a home.

Donate:  We depend on private donations to fulfill our mission of utilizing shelter dogs to break the cycle of incarceration.

See Dogs available for adoption on the ornaments of the Canine Cellmates tree at Festival of Trees

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Cobb Collaborative

Dr. Seuss - “The more that you read, the more things you will know..."

Cobb Collaborative educates, engages, and empowers local people and organizations to improve outcomes for children and families in Cobb County. We partner with a range of organizations and causes, but we focus on initiative areas of Mental Health, Literacy and Civic Engagement to make the largest impact on our community.

How to Support Cobb Collaborative

  • Become a part of a strategy team to improve the well being of community members through various initiatives. 

  • Donate today! By supporting us, your gift goes further because we work with a variety of community members to do the most good.

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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health-Georgia

"The Hope Tree"

Devereux, one of the nation's largest nonprofit organizations, is a leading behavioral healthcare organization supporting many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities.  Support programs include: autism, foster care, sexual exploitation and those living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.

How to Support Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health-Georgia

You can contribute directly to Devereux Georgia just by doing your normal shopping on Amazon. Sign up and shop through AmazonSmile, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of each eligible purchase.

Our most urgently needed items are on our Amazon Wish Lists ( and can be shipped directly to our campus):

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Dog Days Rescue

"Where there's a will there's a way"
Dog Days Rescue is a 501c3 foster based non profit organization based in Kennesaw, Ga. We are dedicated to saving the lives of dogs who have been failed by humans somewhere in their lives. Our hearts are with those who need us most, the medically needy, which is our main focus.  

How to Support Dog Days Rescue
Fosters, donors and adopters are an integral part of our dream to give all dogs a fair chance at a happy life. Supplies are always much appreciated, please see our Amazon Wishlist on our website.
See Dogs available for adoption on the ornaments of the Canine Cellmates tree at Festival of Trees.
See Dogs available for adoption on the ornaments of the Dog Days Rescue tree at Festival of Trees.

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Down 7 Up 8

"Giving Tree of Love"
Down 7 Up 8 Incorporated has provided short to medium-term housing for over 225 children during the last 9 years, including 6 separate sets of siblings for 2 or more years.  Our mission is to design, curate, and execute enrichment/outreach programs and community involvements to enhance the lives of fostered, adopted, and children in need.

How to Support Down 7 up 8

  •  Monetary Donations to reach our goal of getting 1-2 homes to house & care for more children. 

  •  Volunteers

  •  Holiday Hearts Sponsors who provide wishes from children’s Christmas Wish Lists

  •  In-kind donations

Visit the Down 7 Up 8 tree at Festival of Trees and take a tag with items needed for a local child.

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Ferst Readers of Cobb County 

"Leap into Literacy"
Ferst Readers' mission is "strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development."   Our vision is "to create better learners, brighter futures, and stronger communities by giving every child under five access to quality books in their homes."

How to support Ferst Readers

With over 74,000 children under the age of 5 years in Cobb County, we are ALWAYS looking to add more volunteers to our team! Plus, you can support one of these precious children with a new, age-appropriate book and a newsletter that equips their parents to get the most out of each reading experience by donating $36/ year per child--it is the power to change our community one reader at a time!

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Forgotten Paws

"Adopt Don’t Shop"
No-kill shelter for dogs and cats in need of a forever home. We have grown into a rescue and sanctuary for dogs and cats who do not get adopted due to socialization issues, behavioral issues, or medical issues.  We have NO paid employees.  Every single dollar donated to Forgotten Paws goes to a vet bill, feeding, housing, supplies for the care of the animals.

How to support Forgotten Paws

  1. Adopt or Foster one of our Rescues 

  2. Monetary Donations

  3. Volunteers

  4. Participate in our Holiday Fundraising Auction

See Dogs available for adoption on the ornaments of the Forgotten Paws tree at Festival of Trees.

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Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta

"Girls in STEM"

We focus on the development of the whole girl through the combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming. We equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, as they grow up to be healthy, educated, and independent. We also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls!

How to support Girls Inc.

You can help by making monetary donations. Your investment will help equip girls to create positive change in their lives and in the world around them.  You can also become an advocate for policy reform.

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H.A.S Foundation

"Play Ball!"

H.A.S. Foundation, Inc. was established in 2015 to provide need based scholarships to young athletes to participate in recreational team sports in Cobb County, GA.  Our mission is to make sure any athlete who wants to play a recreational team sport in our community, regardless of household financial situation, doesn’t have to sit on the sideline and watch the other kids score.

How to support H.A.S. Foundation

Monetary Donations:  Our scholarships help young athletes in families with single parents, veterans, foster children, as well as those with short term financial strain. In some cases, a coach is the primary male role model in a young athlete's life.

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Just Serve

"Sending Love through Service"

JustServe is a movement enabled by a web and mobile platform that takes the guesswork out of volunteering. We help organizations find the volunteers they need, and we help members of the community find meaningful ways to get involved according to their time and interests. At JustServe, we believe in the power of volunteerism to build unity in the community, and we invite all to join us in changing the world -- one project at a time!

How to Support JustServe

Volunteer!  Visit our website or download the app to find volunteer opportunities near you! You can search by zip code, narrow by cause, and even specify your availability to easily find ways to give of your time or donate to many worthy organizations near you.

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Life House Atlanta

"A Home Away from Home"

When a child is experiencing a life-limiting illness, the demands on their family structure can be overwhelming. Life House Atlanta is the first home of its kind in Georgia to fill a critical gap in resources, offering a special home-away-from-home for medically fragile children so that their families can rest and recharge. 

How to Support Life House Atlanta

Help us raise funds earmarked for land on which to build or land with a structure suitable for remodeling to meet the needs of this specialized home. Help connect us with anyone in the community who will help spread the news about Life House or who can join us as volunteers for our Board and/or Board committees.

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McKenna Farms Therapy Services

"Trotting Steps to Success"

We provide therapy services to boys and girls ages birth-21 with special needs from throughout Northwest Georgia and metro Atlanta. The children we serve have a variety of diagnoses and delays in development including, Autism, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Developmental Delay, genetic/chromosomal disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Scoliosis, and other disorders.

How to Support McKenna Farms

McKenna Farms needs both monetary donations and volunteers to support our programming for special needs individuals.

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Must Ministries

"50 Years of Miracles!"

MUST Ministries is celebrating 50 years of serving those in poverty and addressing the basic needs of individuals, families and children. MUST provides assistance for those in need through food, housing, healthcare, workforce development, clothing and other programs. MUST is expected to serve nearly 60,000 neighbors in need this year.

How to support MUST Ministries

Winter Coats:  MUST is in need of winter coats in good condition.  In October alone, MUST distributed approximately 500 and the need is increasing as the temps are decreasing.  Bring coats to the MUST Ministries tree at Town Center Mall Festival of Trees (Donation barrel is located next to the tree)

Volunteers:  As we enter the new year please consider volunteering to serve our neighbors in need!

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Sweetwater Mission

"Sweetwater Blessings"

Sweetwater Mission works to stabilize families by preventing hunger and homelessness while transforming lives through education and employment opportunities since 1968.  Programs include year-round food distribution, children's summer food, and residential rental assistance. Needed support includes volunteers, monetary and food donations.

How to support Sweetwater Mission

Sweetwater Mission needs volunteers and cash donations to assist with special projects like our "Let's Talk Turkeys".  This project provides a holiday meal with turkey, sides, and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.

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The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA)

"A Season for Giving: The Best is Yet to Come"

Located in Cobb County, The Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA) has served over 7900 Georgia children in the last 39 years.  Serving adolescent youth, CCYA provides safe and suitable housing, youth development activities and comprehensive supportive housing services for at-risk homeless youth who have been abandoned, abused, neglected and/or sexually exploited. 

How to support CCYA

You can support CCYA with a monetary donation, snack drive, pantry drive, gift card drive, and/or a group, volunteer service project. For those who enjoy gardening, we have a garden which produces 3,000 lbs. of produce yearly, and we need volunteers to help with it.

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The Dave Krache Foundation

"Every Season is Sports Season"

The Dave Krache Foundation was founded in 2012 to help local kids play in their community league sports in and around metro Atlanta – even if his or her family is not in a financial position to afford the application or park fee.  We focus on boys and girls playing softball, baseball, football, basketball, and more and rely on support from small businesses and individual donors.

How to support The Dave Krache Foundation

Help us spread the word!

  • Make sure your kids’ sports teams know that we’re here as a resource.

  • Share our social media posts.

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The Encouragement Project

"Encourage Others | Be Encouraged"

The Encouragement Project strives to encourage and support those who are needy and alone with gifts of time, service and provision.  We provide connections for individuals ​to be involved in the community through service projects: Join our quilting and sewing group or our knitting group, all items are donated to people in need. Donate books and stuffed animals that will go to needy children or download card templates to give to your favorite Community Hero.

How to support The Encouragement Project

  • Join our quilting and sewing group or our knitting group, all items are donated to people in need. 

  • Donate books and stuffed animals that will go to needy children - Bring books and stuffed animals to The Encouragement Project tree at the Festival of Trees (donation boxes located next to the tree)

  • Download card templates to give to your favorite Community Hero.

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United Military Care Inc 

"No Place Like Home"

Our mission is to ensure Veterans of all ages, branches, and lifestyles receive the care and support necessary to live their best life! We provide the tools and resources to empower our veterans to live a safe, healthy, productive life through one-on-one relationships backed by a dedicated team of professionals.  No Veteran should be hungry, homeless, or forgotten.

How to support United Military Care

Please consider sharing your heart with Veterans by donating time, talent, and treasure.

Visit the United Military Care tree at The Festival of Trees and pick up a tag with specific items needed by local veterals

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Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving, Inc. (YELLS)

"Once Upon a Time on Franklin Gateway"

YELLS empowers youth to rise as active, healthy, and productive servant-leaders within their communities. Our innovative programs combine mentorship, leadership development, academic achievement, community involvement, and service learning. By providing youth with marketable skills, support, and opportunities, we inspire them to invest in themselves, in their education, and in their communities.

How to Support YELLS

  • Volunteer with YELLS: There are many programs to get involved with

  • Donate to YELLS or become a Sponsor

  • Work at YELLS: There are many job opportunities available