On December 12th, Gratus team members spent the day helping families in need shop for the holidays at MUST Ministries Marietta.  A nonprofit organization, MUST Ministries addresses the basic needs of individuals, families, and children living in poverty and residing throughout Cobb and Cherokee counties.  The ministry provides food, clothing, housing, and employment services.

Our goal was to help parents and other caregivers provide a joyful Christmas for their children without the financial stress that often accompanies the holiday season.

Plentiful Toy Shop

At the Cobb Toy Shop, moms, dads and other caregivers arrived by appointment to holiday shop for their children at no cost.  The gift stations were organized by age ranges.  Our roles were numerous, including escorting caregivers through the many shopping stations.  For each child, the caregiver selected one large gift, such as a doll, scooter or bike, and several smaller gifts, including puzzles, books, and hats. Gratus team members also helped restock shelves and box and carry gifts to caregivers’ vehicles.

More than 10,000 volunteers help MUST Ministries achieve its goal of being Georgia’s most respected servant leader.  The Gratus team is immensely grateful to have been a part of this incredible community effort.  We experienced firsthand how serving others positively changes lives.  Our team left the ministry with a deep appreciation for those who struggle to provide for their families and for the role others can take to assist families in need.

For More Information

The needs of our greater community underscore Gratus’ purpose.  Together, we can make a difference in others’ lives by volunteering and providing in-kind and monetary donations.  To learn more about MUST Ministries, please visit their website at www.mustministries.org.