Thank You!
October Coat Drive

Thank you, North River family for your generous donations of over 300 great quality coats, jackets, and sweaters, and over 200 warm hats, scarves, and gloves! These will be distributed with love to needy families and individuals experiencing homelessness next week! Thank you for providing love and warmth to so many!

Books For Africa
Grow the impact and volunteer!
Books For Africa (BFA) has collected, sorted, and shipped over 52 million high-quality books to all of the 55 countries in Africa throughout the past 30 years!
This past year alone, BFA sent over 3 million books valued at over 26 million dollars!
Sign up as a volunteer to help sort and pack books during two-hour time slots Monday through Friday!
You can sign up with friends. Minimum age is 14 years! There's a brief orientation before each volunteer time!
Visit the website to learn more and sign up!
Good News from Honduras!

WOW! THANK YOU to our wonderful North River Family and VBS Kids for bringing huge smiles to 200 children in Honduras during the recent HOpeww medical brigade! 

Our very own Mandy Sanders, Ph.D. served in the brigade providing mental health support and art therapy to many children and adults who have suffered extreme trauma. She carried your cards and books with her to encourage the children! 

Thank you for loving our church family and children around the world!

Birthday Heroes Get Creative to Support Youth
(From Youth Villages' Spring 2021 Newsletter)

At the Inner Harbour campus, we have an amazing group of volunteers who bring joy to the youth on campus: our Birthday Heroes! For the last four-and-a-half years, a group of volunteers from North River Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia, have dedicated themselves to creating a fabulous monthly party for the children who are celebrating birthdays while in our care – including crafts, games, themed cupcakes, and more. Due to safety restrictions last year, the Birthday Heroes volunteers could not come to campus, though that has not stopped them from supporting our children in a myriad of ways.

They sent handmade cards with jokes and candy treats, cards of encouragement, and they even hosted an in-kind donation drive for undergarments, which our youth always need. They recently donated 372 candy-filled Easter eggs so our youngest children could enjoy an egg hunt! While they have not physically seen the youth since last spring, their thoughtfulness and care have continued in creative and meaningful ways. We are beyond grateful for the consistent care our Birthday Heroes provide for our youth!