Peachtree City Information Officer Betsy Tyler compiled the following list of opportunities around Peachtree City to get you into the Christmas spirit:
Fire Department Santa Run – Santa will be visiting Peachtree City neighborhoods on a fire engine on the weekends before Christmas, collecting non-perishable food items and Toys for Tots. The Santa Run begins the weekend of December 6 & 7, and will continue for the next two Saturdays and Sundays (through December 21). View Santa’s route schedule with times, dates, and locations at www.peachtree-city.org
Police Department “Light up the Night” Toy Drive. The PTC Police will again take donations of new unwrapped toys for girls and boys ages 2 to 17. Monetary donations also accepted. Stop by the Police Department (350 Hwy 74 S) or visit with volunteers at the PTC Wal-Mart on Thursday and Friday, December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fire Department Christmas Tree Sale – The Peachtree City Volunteer Firefighters Association will be opening a Christmas Tree Lot this season at Leach Station #81 on Paschal Road. Fresh Frazier Fir trees and wreaths will arrive November 24, and the lot will be open on weekdays from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m., and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Santa will be there on Saturdays, November 29 and December 13, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bring your camera or Santa’s elves will have theirs! Proceeds benefit the association’s training and equipment purchases for the Fire Department.
Fayette Toys for Tots is now collecting toys at several locations around Fayette County, including City Hall in Peachtree City, for distribution to local families in need. You can make a monetary donation, learn more, become a donation site, or register to receive toys via www.Fayettetoysfortots.com.
Bloom Foster Care Wish List – Bloom is the non-profit, private foster system for Fayette County. While Toys for Tots helps out with Christmas gifts, the organization has a variety of needs for children in foster care. New socks, underwear, and pajamas are ongoing, pressing needs at The Bloom Closet. Check out the wish list or find out about becoming a foster parent under the “Get Involved” tab at bloomouryouth.org.
Be a Santa to a Senior (BASTAS) – Help a local senior citizen who might otherwise receive nothing this holiday season by visit one of the tree locations at Berkshire Hathaway Realty (246 City Circle, the Avenue), Peachtree City Police Department (350 South Highway 74), Peachtree City Tennis Center (10 Planterra Way), Somerby of Peachtree City (200 Rockaway Road), The Bridge Community Center (225 Willowbend Rd), or The Gathering Place (203 McIntosh Trail) and selecting an ornament from the tree. Purchase the gift listed and return it with the ornament to the location you picked. Volunteers will collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors, and the wrapping party will be on December 13. For more information and other area locations, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com
Real Life Center Coat Drive – Girl Scout Brownie Troop 15001 is collecting clean new and gently used coats, scarves, hats, and gloves in all sizes for the Real Life Center. A drop box will be located in the vestibule of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Rd from November 19 – December 6. The Brownies will also be at the Ardenlee Neighborhood playground on Ardenlee Parkway on Saturday, November 29 (2:00 -4:00 p.m.), and Saturday, December 6 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.).
Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic Supplies Drive – Scout Nick Austin will be holding a donations drive for his Eagle Scout Service Project at the Festival of the Nativity at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (101 S Peachtree Pkwy), on Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and at the Senior Tour on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The clinic needs copy paper, Clorox wipes, and Lysol spray.
Fayette Humane Society Pet Photos with Santa – Saturday, December 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Wags to Whiskers (100 N. Peachtree Pkwy). Cost is $10 and all proceeds go to the Fayette Humane Society.