Big Canoe Christmas Donation Guide

Residents in Big Canoe have demonstrated for years that the holidays aren’t just about getting gifts, but also about giving.

There is no shortage of opportunities to donate to those in need, whether it’s to give a toy to a local child or to ensure that everyone stays warm this Christmas.

Below are some great ways to help spread the holiday spirit.

Coat Drive

Big Canoe POA works each year on a coat drive that benefits the clients of CARES, the Pickens organization that provides food and essential non-food items. Look for donation boxes in the Canoe Lodge and Wellness Center where you can drop off clean, new or nearly new coats. For more info: Teri Sawyer at or (706) 268-1092.

Toy Drives

Residents will have three separate opportunities to donate a toy to a child in need in Big Canoe. All request that the toys are unwrapped:

Volunteers will be collecting toys during the Winter Ball on Dec. 2. Residents may also donate toys under the Clubhouse tree through Sunday, Dec. 4. For more info, contact Jackie Duncan at jpoom@bellsouth.netor Jan Stader at
Toys for Tots, run by the Marine Corps Reserve, will have collection boxes at the Fire Station and Package Porch until Dec. 17. For more information, go here or contact local coordinator Robert Jaeckel at rjjaeckel@gmail.comor 770-778-7678.
DJ Kevin Tillery and the local Lions Club will be collecting on Trivia Night on Tuesday, Dec. 13. These toys will be gifted specifically to children in the Pickens county area. While toys for young children are accepted, Kevin urges that donors consider bringing toys geared for pre-teens and teens as these age groups typically receive fewer items. For more information, contact Kevin Tillery at or collection coordinator Sandra Gadd at

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