Over 150 member companies donated food, toys and money in the 6th annual Project Santa Open House held by the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia December 6, 2007.
Project Santa, held at the HBA office located in Fayetteville, is an annual event that began in 2002 and is designed to provide Christmas to families in each of the ten counties that the HBA services.
Donations such as toys, bikes and clothing along with monetary contributions were collected and then given to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for distribution.
DFCS offices in Coweta, Fayette, Spalding, Meriwether, Heard, Pike, Upson, Lamar, Butts and Jasper counties were all involved in this event which has grown steadily every year.
In addition to toys and goodies for children, Thanksgiving and Christmas meal packages as well as wrapped gifts were chosen right from “wish lists” and provided for senior citizens in the jurisdiction.
“Giving back to the community has always been important to our members,” said Executive Officer Sandy Boda. “Since the Association was chartered in 1974 members have been involved in many community outreach programs which include over $280,000.00 in scholarships given to graduating high school seniors; donations to the Boy Scout camping program and donations at Christmas to the families of soldiers in Iraq, to name a few.”
According to Association President Bill Daprano, “The media has been having a field day recently with the building industry. But, when it comes right down to it, we are the same as we have always been….proud of who we are and what we do and willing to give back to the community in which we live and work. I am very proud to represent a group of 700 member companies who give freely so that Santa Claus remains real in the lives of little children.”
Among the largest 100 Home Builders Associations in America, the HBA of Midwest Georgia serves over 700 members in Fayette, Coweta, Spalding, Meriwether, Heard, Pike, Upson, Lamar, Butts and Jasper Counties. For information on the association, call Executive Officer Sandy Boda at 770-716-7109.
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