Category Archives: Activism

Toiletry Drive Supports Homeless Vets Across Georgia

The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans kicks off May 29 (Memorial Day) through August 11.

Sponsored by the Georgia District Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for Veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless Veterans get back on their feet. The 2016 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected more than 10 thousand pounds of toiletry items to fill more than 2,000 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia.

Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit

For more information about the Stand Up for Stand Down drive or to volunteer sorting, call 770-864-5347 or visit

Reinhardt University Community Sends More Than 7,000 Books to Nigeria in Yearlong Effort

Reinhardt students, faculty and staff have done it again, sending much-needed educational materials to Nigeria as part of AfrikaREADS.

Books to Nigeria
John “Little John” Padgett loads pallets of books onto a truck on the donations’ first leg to Nigeria.

AfrikaREADS is an international outreach program spearheaded by Reinhardt’s African Descendants Student Association (ADSA). It began five years ago with a donation to Ondo State University in Nigeria. The program, led by the ADSA and faculty member Tunji Adesan, has grown with this year’s donation of more than 7,000 books to multiple African universities.

“The Eagle has done it again. We are flying higher,” Adesan said. “The donated books are on their way to Nigeria. Thank you so much for all your donations, support and all your help. We could not have done it without you.”

The 14 pallets of books will be donated to a public college, the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, which Adesan was able to visit in June 2016. Books also are being donated to two private universities in Nigeria – Crownhill University and Afe Babalola University.

Key donors in the effort include the University’s Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center, Reinhardt football players, Missy Dayoub and the physical plant staff, and the Student Government Association.

“We also want to thank the maintenance crew for all their help in picking up the books, as well as providing a space for us to store the books. A big shout out to the Reinhardt University library for all the wonderful books and support they have offered toward this project over the years,” Adesan said.

This year’s project began earlier in the academic year, and Adesan said Pickens High School, Chattahoochee Technical College and community members were among the donors for the project.

This effort of service, like many others at Reinhardt University, is part of the institution’s overall mission to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, personal, vocational, spiritual and physical dimensions of its students. Through the values of faith, learning and leading at Reinhardt, students are able to learn qualities that enable them to be well-rounded individuals, including volunteering for service projects outside the classroom.

Special Performance of ‘See Rock City’ Benefits Ellijay Legion Post 82

special performance of See Rock City in Ellijay

See a special performance of See Rock City live on stage at Gilmer Arts on Sunday May 21, 2017 and 1/3 of your ticket purchase will be donated to our own Ellijay Legion Post 82.

This tender portrayal of married life, set against the backdrop of World War II, shows the best of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any and all obstacles.

The second play of a trilogy, and the recipient of the MacLean Foundation’s “In the Spirit of America” Award, SEE ROCK CITY stands alone as Rock City is a dramatic comedy about a young couple, recently married, returning from their honeymoon during WWII to her parents’ home in middle TN. He has epilepsy and has been 4F from the war but is a writer and she is a school principal.

The story follows their lives as they struggle to adjust to his declining career, the war’s end, and her job loss plus other changes as society moves on after the war.

This is the second in an award-winning trilogy of Americana plays.

Get your tickets on line or at the box office.
Seating is limited. So reserve your tickets now.

$17.50 Non-Members/ $15.75 Members General Admission Seating.
207 Dalton Street
Ellijay, GA 30540