This year, we celebrated a fantastic 17-year partnership with Cobb Christmas! Cobb Christmas is one of the oldest nonprofits in Cobb County, working to serve the underprivileged in the area since 1963. The organization is completely run by volunteers and works to aid low-income working families during the holidays that do not receive any other holiday assistance.
Every year, we partner with Cobb Christmas for our annual “Stuff a Bus” toy drive event. Thanks to donations from our employees, vendors and the generous local community, this year’s event was a huge success. We were able to fill an entire Cobb Community Transit Bus with hundreds of toys to help families in need during the holiday season.
“Our home is here in Cobb County, and we just love to support the local community by helping raise money for this effort,” said Amy Kessler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Traton Homes.
Because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Cobb Christmas experienced a surplus in need around the community, as well as an increase in safety measures and restrictions. To help keep everyone safe and healthy, especially during the holiday season, the organization implemented safety precautions, including a rigorous cleaning and sanitizing process, prescreening and social distancing protocols, and enhanced toy purchasing and sorting processes.
In years past, Cobb Christmas was able to invite families into its distribution center to take photos with Santa, select toys and participate in other holiday activities. Due to the increased precautions implemented this year, families were instead asked to drive through a distribution line to have toys and food items loaded into their cars.
Each year, Cobb Christmas operates on about a $35,000 budget. With this money raised from donations, fundraisers and other sources, the organization can buy toys in bulk, including stuffed animals, cars, trucks and other items. With the help from partners like Traton Homes, Cobb Christmas can provide additional toys and big-ticket items for families in Cobb County!