An e-mail from Sandy Springs City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny gave me an idea for at least an item in this column.

She reminded me the largest fundraiser for the Sandy Springs Society, called Tossed Out Treasures, is just a month away, March 25 and 26. But it takes a long time to gather up the materials for the two-day sale, which is held at the North River Shopping Center, 8800 Roswell Road.

The society, with the help of a generous community, has been able to raise over $2 million from its annual fundraisers, which also includes its Garden Tour, which will be coming up April 30 and May 1. And every penny raised from the events goes back to the community, to help Sandy Springs charities, according to McEnerny.

The society already is accepting donations of women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, household and kitchen items, small appliances, books, paintings, linens and draperies, sporting and exercise items, garden and outdoor items, furniture, china and silver, etc.

They do not, however, accept children’s clothes or toys.

So, Sandy Springs residents, empty out your closets and garages and drop off those items you haven’t used in 12 months. You can deliver them any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from now until March 21, from 10 am until 2 pm., and on one Saturday, March 5.

The drop-off spot is the same as the sale location, North River Shopping Center.

Now, I realize it has been a little tougher to give generously the past year or two because of the economy. But the problems with the economy are precisely the reason why those who still can give need to step up and give at least as much if not more. Many who used to give can’t now because they are out of work, without an income or with a much more limited income.

But the need in the community has not gone away, it has multiplied.

There are more homeless people these days, more people needing the help of those organizations that benefit from the fundraising efforts of the Sandy Springs Society and other such groups.

I know I don’t contribute quite as much to charities these days as I once did. Or, maybe I do, but I contribute in a different way.

It seems that every time I shop at Publix I end up contributing a few bucks to one cause or another at the checkout counter. And, I recently dropped of a number of coats at the Kroger store at CityWalk to help with a collection effort they were sponsoring for the needy.

It doesn’t seem to be such a financial burden when you do a bunch of little things, but do them more often.

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John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.