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Twelve Year-Old Inspires a Community

Updated: Jun 24, 2019

Our shelves are full because we live in a generous community!

In April, Ginger King, a realtor at Real Living Elite, received a tour of the new City of Refuge Dalton facility.  During this tour, Ginger was surprised by the copious amount of empty shelves in the City of Refuge community food pantry. She was so moved by the need, that she took a photo of the empty shelves to share with her family and coworkers.

Georgia, Ginger’s 12 year old bonus daughter, wanted to take action!  Inspired by hunger, Georgia decided to create the “City of Refuge Canned Food Challenge.”  Using social media, Georgia made a video to challenge her friends to gather non-perishable food items for those in need.  Word spread, and the food started pouring in! Georgia’s call to action inspired our community to come together to meet the most basic needs of families in Whitfield County.

Inspired, Juan Garcia, of North Georgia Toyota, decided to organize a community food drive benefiting City of Refuge Dalton!  Juan said,

Juan Garcia, North Georgia Toyota

“I have always prayed for a job that would allow me to help others. God has put me in a position at North Georgia Toyota that allows me to do just that.  After visiting the City of Refuge here in Dalton, I realized hunger doesn’t take a vacation… That’s when I decided to organize the Spring Community Food Drive!”

North Georgia Toyota’s Spring Food Drive quickly gained momentum in the community!  A number of local businesses such as Baja Coop, Create Play Studio, Smile Doctors, and

Stella West Salton & Co decided to become drop-off locations for the community food drive!  Using social media to raise awareness, the entire community really came together for this common cause.

The generosity of this community is unlike any other, and we are beyond thankful for

your continued commitment. Why should the momentum stop here? Keep the donations coming! In addition to non-perishables we accept fresh fruit, baked goods, and fresh meat.

Email: to get involved or to set up a donation appointment! To learn about our mission, visit:

Written by: Whitney Cawood, Director of Marketing for City of Refuge Dalton

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