CUMMING, Ga. — Santa Claus was a popular guest at the 2017 Mentor Me Christmas party. He brought presents and had his picture taken with every child. The party provided holiday fun, food, and games for children and adults involved in the mentoring program of the Forsyth County non-profit organization. This year’s event was held at Otwell Middle School.
“The Optimist clubs of Forsyth County jointly support the annual Mentor Me Christmas party because it represents our slogan – ‘Bringing out the Best in Kids,’” said Brenda Basey, president of the Sawnee-Cumming Club. “Mentor Me supports children who sometimes don’t have the opportunities other children have and we are happy to join in that support. Their smiles at the Christmas party are the highlight of the evening. It is one of several Optimist community service projects that touch children in need.”
Sylvia Cardona, executive director of Mentor Me, said they are grateful that the local Optimists clubs join forces to make the lives of children in the Mentor Me program a little brighter.
“It›s great to see the joy in our kids when they meet Santa,” Cardona said. “The entire evening is a unique opportunity for them to have fun, and bond with their mentors.”
Mentor Me matches volunteer adults with children ages 6 - 17, who need and want a mentor. Men are matched with boys, and women are matched with girls. Most of the children in the mentoring program live in single-parent homes, or are living with grandparents or foster parents.
Mentor Me is a Forsyth County United Way agency. However, the organization depends on private donations for 50 percent of its funding. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Sylvia