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Southside Church Makes a Huge Impact on Back to School in our Community
Southside Church Makes a Huge Impact on Back to School in our Community

Southside Church in Peachtree City has impacted back-to-school for many kids in our community by donating over 300 backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies for the families that we serve. Thank you, Southside Church, for your generosity and kindness! What a blessing!

UPS Serves our Families by Picking Peaches
UPS Serves our Families by Picking Peaches

UPS employees are so good at helping us harvest fruit in our Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard. Last year, they helped us pick blueberries. This year, they picked 458lbs of peaches!

One Person Can Make a Big Difference!
One Person Can Make a Big Difference!

A special thank you to one of our faithful volunteers, Doug Sausser, for getting his neighbors involved in helping to fill our food pantry shelves! This young man serves every week at the center and is aware that we are in great need of food donations. He decided to organize a neighborhood food drive to help! We are so very…

Organizing Food Drives, Even at a Young Age!
Organizing Food Drives, Even at a Young Age!

We were so thankful to receive a generous food donation from Julie and Avery Pruett! Avery Pruett organized a food drive with her friends to help us stock our food pantry shelves! We are so grateful for their hearts for serving others!

KeyImpact impacts our Mobile Food Pantry with their Helping Hands
KeyImpact impacts our Mobile Food Pantry with their Helping Hands

We were delighted to have this amazing group from KeyImpact  join us this month at our mobile food pantry! We were in great need of some helping hands and they gladly jumped right in to help! Thank you all for serving!

Apostolic Church Serving our Families in Many Ways
Apostolic Church Serving our Families in Many Ways

This incredible group from Apostolic  Christian Church in Peachtree City volunteered in our Real Life Stores, at our Harvest for Real Life Orchard and at our Center. We love their eagerness to serve and make a difference!

A Very Special Treat!
A Very Special Treat!

These delightful young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 255 stopped by and donated several boxes of Girl Scout cookies for us to be able to distribute to the families we serve. What a very special treat!

Southside Church helps Prepare our Community for School
Southside Church helps Prepare our Community for School

We are excited to partner with Southside Church in Peachtree City to collect 152 backpacks for our families so far.   This provides a beautiful way to help those going through the tough times. If you know of a child in need of a backpack please have a parent call the Real Life Center. We woud love to help in this…

Grateful for our Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Partners!
Grateful for our Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Partners!

A very special thank you to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the amazing gift of $1,000 worth of boxed potatoes and spaghetti sauce for our food pantry! We are so very grateful for your partnership in serving families in our community!

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School stocks our shelves!
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School stocks our shelves!

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School continues to pour blessings on our ministry. They hosted a food drive during Vacation Bible School again this year and the entire church got involved in donating some of our most needed items for our food pantry! Words cannot express how grateful we are for this partnership in sharing hope with families in our…

Serving Up Smiles
Serving Up Smiles

Serving up smiles is what these beautiful women do best at the Real Life Center. Each month, they fill our lobby and kitchen with an incredible aroma as they prepare and serve breakfast to our seniors at “Take A Break”. What an blessing they are, not only filling stomachs, but warming hearts by creating community.

Boys vs. Girls Yields a wonderful Toiletry Drive
Boys vs. Girls Yields a wonderful Toiletry Drive

We want to thank Dogwood Kids for collecting toiletries for the families that we serve during Vacation Bible School week! The generous children donated enough toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and toilet paper for hundreds of families in our community who need our help! The boys and the girls had a friendly competition to see who could donate the most items.Thank…

Peachtree City Parade Fun
Peachtree City Parade Fun

We had great fun  in the Parade on the Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival float! We are excited to be a charity partner of this great event! The parade was another reminder of what an amazing community we are blessed to be a part of!

Help Serving through the Storms of Life
Help Serving through the Storms of Life

Showing kindness comes in all forms! Thanks to Craig Evans State Farm Insurance Agency for helping us serve others through the storms of life (literally). He brought us umbrellas as we loaded food on a rainy day!

PUMC holds a successful VBS food drive
PUMC holds a successful VBS food drive

Every summer the generosity of  Providence United Methodist Church in Fayetteville blesses us with an incredible amount of food donations from their VBS food drive! A huge thank you goes out to the amazing staff, volunteers, parents, and children who donated to make this food drive such a blessing to so many families in our community!

144 Boxes of Inspiration
144 Boxes of Inspiration

144 families will be blessed by the efforts of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.  They collected close to 800 shoes boxes from schools and businesses who took the time to put care kits together to give to several organizations in the are such as ours. Thanks go to Flat Rock Middle School, Booth Middle School, and Eaton Corporation, to…

The Pharmacy Place Takes Action to Make a Difference
The Pharmacy Place Takes Action to Make a Difference

The donation bins are ready to be filled at the Pharmacy Place – another one of our wonderful local businesses who show they care for others by taking action! They are not only holding a food drive during the entire month of July but are also matching all donations. Stop by and experience their excellent customer service and personalized quality…

Sharing Sweetness with our Volunteers
Sharing Sweetness with our Volunteers

Can you believe how beautiful these cupcakes are? What a sweet and thoughtful young lady Tori Taylor is for baking them and bringing them in for our volunteers and staff. What an unexpected and delicious surprise!

Nunu Comforts brings warmth to the Real Life Center
Nunu Comforts brings warmth to the Real Life Center

What a gift this beautiful quilt is for the Real Life Center made by our friend, Paula. She wonderfully captured our orchard as well as past Gala sponsors in this lovely work of art that we proudly hang on the wall in our new building. Paula owns Nunu Comforts, a family owned business providing one-of-a-kind Quilted Portraits.

T.J. Maxx of Newnan Food Drive a Success
T.J. Maxx of Newnan Food Drive a Success

T.J. Maxx of Newnan employees successfully collected food for the Real Life Center. As an organization whose services help families in both Fayette and Coweta counties, we appreciate the support of businesses in both communities! Thank you, T.J.Maxx for supporting our mission

First Day of U-Pick 4 Others a Success
First Day of U-Pick 4 Others a Success

The fresh crisp air this morning was perfect for a wonderful turn out for our first day of U-Pick for Others in the  Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard.  Several volunteers came out to help pick blueberries for the families served by the Real Life Center.

Our Volunteers are the Best!
Our Volunteers are the Best!

Walking into the Real Life Center, the delicious smell of breakfast welcomes our seniors for the monthly Take A Break Senior Social. We love our volunteers who make all this possible!

Sigma Beta Sorority Partners with the RLC
Sigma Beta Sorority Partners with the RLC

We thank the lovely ladies of the Sigma Beta Sorority for the gift of toiletry items for the families that we serve. This wonderful partnership we have continues to bless so many lives!

“Washed Away” by Good, Clean, Fun!
“Washed Away” by Good, Clean, Fun!

We were definatley “washed away” with gratitude for the efforts that went into organizing the “Good, Clean Fun” event held at Cronic Chevrolet Buick GMC.   A shout out goes to Wanda Cronic, Business Women of Fayette and Coweta , Ellie White-Stevens and Joyce Beverly for the Facebook live interview, and the generous financial and laundry detergent donation collected by those who…

Our Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger!
Our Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger!

The Peachtree City and Tyrone Post Offices participated in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this year! We are so grateful for the Letter Carries and their kindness and the extra work that they put in to make it easier for our community to help their neighbors in need!

Landmark Christian School Reads to Feed Others!
Landmark Christian School Reads to Feed Others!

We received the awesome gift of 323 pounds of food and a very generous monetary donation from some students from Landmark Christian School!  This year, these incredible elementary school students read to earn points to purchase items to help children in need in our community. We are so very grateful for their kindness and the difference that they choose to…

Our Volunteers go Above and Beyond!
Our Volunteers go Above and Beyond!

Thank you to one of our faithful volunteers, Beverly Nelson, and her Discipleship Group Bible Study for the gift of non perishable food items for our food pantry! We are grateful for your kindness!

Middle School Special Education Program Shows Love through Care Packages
Middle School Special Education Program Shows Love through Care Packages

Thank you to the sweet Bennett’s Mill Middle School Special Education Students for donating items such as socks, toiletries, washcloths to add to our care packages for the families that we serve! Their hearts for serving others is such a blessing to many! A special thank you to their teacher Mrs. Susan Boyd, for always thinking of ways to support…

“RED Day” impacts the Real Life Center
“RED Day” impacts the Real Life Center

“RED Day”, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams’ annual day of service. Through RED Day, Danielle McCurdy ,Keller Williams, has made a difference in the lives of others and bettering the communities that her organization serves. A growing number of her community friends, such as Clay Van Meter State Farm joined to participate in this extraordinary…

RLC Volunteer thinks of the Mothers we Serve
RLC Volunteer thinks of the Mothers we Serve

A very special thank you to one of our faithful volunteers, Linda Sorrow, for the sweet gift of soaps from Italy. She made our clients who are Mothers feel special in honor of Mother’s Day! This was truly a special gift and we are so very thankful for her heart for serving others.

Synovus Bank Models Caring for Others
Synovus Bank Models Caring for Others

We are so very grateful that we can count on our partners at Synovus bank to help stock our food pantry with peanut butter and jelly! They coordinate this drive every spring and it is the perfect timing to get us ready for the summer months! Thank you to the Synovus Peachtree City and Fayetteville branches for this generous gift!

Skills USA Club has a blast while helping others with PB&J collection
Skills USA Club has a blast while helping others with PB&J collection

The Skills USA Club at Sandy Creek High School knows how to have fun while thinking of others! Under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Dykes, they collected 1,860 jars of peanut butter and jelly for the families we serve. That is a blessing of more BP&J sandwiches than we know and we are grateful for their work in…

Greg Bickhart has a big heart for the Real Life Center
Greg Bickhart has a big heart for the Real Life Center

Greg Bickhart and his team at Thrivent Financial are incredible supporters of the Real Life Center and we are so grateful for them! They helped to make our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration extra special by purchasing a beautiful cake, fruit trays and waters for all our guests. We appreciate how they care for this community- their kindness touched our…

Braellin Elementary School Makes Time for Others
Braellin Elementary School Makes Time for Others

A very special thank you to the Braellin Elementary School students for making the time during this busy school year to help families in our community who are in need! Their spring food drive was a huge success and we are so very grateful for their continued support in this way. A special thank you to Ms. Heather Sherwood, school…

Senator Harbin Gives Real Life Center a Georgia Senate Resolution
Senator Harbin Gives Real Life Center a Georgia Senate Resolution

We were honored to have Senator Marty Harbin visit our new facility before our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and present our Executive Director, Cathy Berggren, and Lead Pastor of Dogwood Church, Pastor Keith Moore, with a special recognition and Georgia Senate Resolution for the work the Real Life Center is doing in our community. We are able to receive this as a…

Spectacular Day for Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
Spectacular Day for Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

What an absolutely beautiful day for a spectacular Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration! We couldn’t be more appreciative and humbled by all those who came out to support us! We truly live in a community of neighbor helping neighbor. This was demonstrated by the businesses, churches, other non-profits, volunteers, families served, and all those who have a heart for…

Dogwood Church’s Food Drive a Success!
Dogwood Church’s Food Drive a Success!

We are so thankful for all of the food donations that came in during the Dogwood Church food drive! The congregation donated 2,278 pounds of food items as well as very generous monetary donations to go towards purchasing needed items for our food pantry. Thank you to all that gave and to those that gave their time to help make…

United Way and Bank of America Brighten the Day!
United Way and Bank of America Brighten the Day!

Thank you to United Way and Bank of America for partnering to put together 500 Snack Packs for children in our community! We are so grateful that they donated 250 of them to us to distribute to families that we serve. The Snack Packs are full of non-perishable food items and decorated with a motivational message to brighten a child’s…

FBC PTC Students Give of their Time to Serve Others
FBC PTC Students Give of their Time to Serve Others

A very big thank you to the First Baptist Church Peachtree City Students for coming to serve with us! Their help with sorting food donations and getting food drive flyers prepared for an upcoming food drive was appreciated! It was such a pleasure working with this amazing group of hard-working students!

Volunteers Hold Kitchen Shower for RLC
Volunteers Hold Kitchen Shower for RLC

Thank you to volunteers Diana Britt, Jan Anding, and all of our Real Life Center volunteer family who helped stock our new kitchen with wonderful items through yesterday’s kitchen shower. These items will be used in our cooking classes attended by the families we serve! You have all blessed us tremendously!

Another successful Food Drive by Rising Starr MS
Another successful Food Drive by Rising Starr MS

We are so grateful for the generosity of the Beta Club of Rising Starr Middle School PTO. The food drive that they held in April was a huge success! Thank you RSMS students, families, and teachers for your help in sharing hope in our community!

Trinity Christian School National Honor Society Helps with Project
Trinity Christian School National Honor Society Helps with Project

It was such a pleasure having the Trinity Christian School National Honor Society Students serve with us! We are so grateful for their help with a much needed project in our food pantry.

The Women of Curves Give Back to our Community!
The Women of Curves Give Back to our Community!

Debbie Sanders, owner of Curves, has been coordinating a food drive twice a year for 14 years! They recently donated over 800 pounds of food, and over $500 to go towards purchasing needed items for our food pantry. Thank you to everyone who participated in this food drive for helping us share hope in our community!

All Saints Anglican Church Supports us so Faithfully
All Saints Anglican Church Supports us so Faithfully

Over 120 pounds of Peanut butter and Jelly along with several packages of personal hygiene products came to us from our friends at All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City. They do so much to help our ministry throughout the year and we want to say thank you for the difference that they make in so many lives in our…

Beautiful Harvest for Hope Gala Silent Auction donation
Beautiful Harvest for Hope Gala Silent Auction donation

We are excited to have received our first donation for our Harvest for Hope Gala silent auction. A wonderful man, Don Ackerman, who has a heart for using his gifts to bless the lives of others, has donated two beautiful pieces of his work – a gorgeous saddlebag and a lovely purse. His work is impeccable down to each stitch…

Great Smiles, Great Ambassadors!
Great Smiles, Great Ambassadors!

We were blessed to have the Student Ambassadors from Whitewater High School come and help us sort food in our food pantry. What a great group of young adults! We are thankful for the many schools in our area that help support the mission of the Real Life Center.

Kuddos to Ms. Ridley and the JC Booth MS Beta Club!
Kuddos to Ms. Ridley and the JC Booth MS Beta Club!

The faithful efforts of  the incredible students of the JC Booth Middle School Beta Club in hosting a food drive always have a great impact on how we are able to help the families that we serve. A special thank you to Ms. Sharme Ridley, the club sponsor, for coordinating the food drive!

Getting Stocked up on PB&J
Getting Stocked up on PB&J

A very special thank you to Dogwood kids for their kindness in donating much-needed peanut butter and jelly for our food pantry! They also blessed us with many boxes of Lucky Charms! What a sweet gift this will be for many families!

St. Paul’s Faithful Support
St. Paul’s Faithful Support

Thank you to St. Paul Lutheran Church & School for working together in collecting food to help stock our food pantry shelves! We are so very thankful for their continuous support!

85 New Apple Trees Thanks to Volunteers!
85 New Apple Trees Thanks to Volunteers!

85 new apple trees were recently added to the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard thanks to the many volunteers that showed up with their shovels ready to dig holes and plant.  All the produce from the Orchard goes to the families served by the Real Life Center.

Peachtree City First Baptist Church Cares about our Community!
Peachtree City First Baptist Church Cares about our Community!

Peachtree City First Baptist Church demonstrates continued support in providing food for the families we serve.  They host several food drives a year to help keep our food pantry shelves stocked.

Cleveland Elementary School Amazed Us!
Cleveland Elementary School Amazed Us!

The C-Squared students at Cleveland Elementary School organized a very successful food drive and blessed us with an amazing gift of 450 pounds of food!  We are very grateful for these students and their kind hearts.

Chambers Drum Company to our Rescue!
Chambers Drum Company to our Rescue!

A big thank you goes out to Chambers Drum Company in Fairburn owned by Pat and William Chambers!  They moved our large display refrigerator from our old facility to our new home as it was too tall to move in any of our trucks.

Crossroads Christian School Shows Kindess to Other Children
Crossroads Christian School Shows Kindess to Other Children

Crossroads Christian School students showed great generosity by putting together snack boxes to give to children of the families we serve.  Their kindness brought joy to many other children!

Peeples Elementary Students Give Back
Peeples Elementary Students Give Back

Thank you Peeples Elementary School and School Counselor, Monique Collins, for hosting a food drive to help stock our food pantry shelves!  We are so grateful we can count on your support every year!

Our doors are open at our new home!
Our doors are open at our new home!

Our new facility is open and we are excited to see all the Lord is going to do to change lives in the halls and rooms in our new home!  We served 35 families on our Opening Day!  We are grateful for the servant hands that volunteered to help us move.  We are thankful for their hearts and belief in…

New furniture is ready thanks to the Fouts family
New furniture is ready thanks to the Fouts family

We are so grateful for Lori and Nick Fouts and their family for their dedication in setting up the beautiful furniture for our new building. They have given so many hours of their time to make the environment in our new home welcoming and inviting to the families who come to the Real Life Center to seek help during difficult…

Student Leads School In Peanut Butter Drive
Student Leads School In Peanut Butter Drive

This amazing young man, Virgle Garrett, was determined to help his neighbors in need. We were in great need of peanut butter in our food pantry so he organized a peanut butter drive at his school and it was a huge success! We want to thank Virgle and the families and teachers of Eastside Elementary School for their kindness in…

St. Paul Lutheran School Donates Toiletries
St. Paul Lutheran School Donates Toiletries

A very special thank you to the St. Paul Lutheran School students, families, and teachers for the awesome gift of toiletries for the families that we serve!

Bennett’s Mill MS Teaches how to Help Others
Bennett’s Mill MS Teaches how to Help Others

With the direction of Mrs. Susan Boyd, Bennett’s Mill Middle School special education students prepared boxes of fun snacks for the children of the families we serve.  What a sweet gift of kindness this was!