A new way to shop in downtown Blue Ridge, gather donates 1% of every purchase, every day, to local charities in the north Georgia community with a designated charity each month. The spirit of gratitude and humility makes it imperative for gather to be a place that reflects what is best about people and helps those who are experiencing a time of struggle - both humans and animals.

The charity for the month of May 2018 is Tri State Pet Rescue

Tri State Pet Rescue is dedicated to saving homeless animals from euthanasia and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.   They are a volunteer only group that works tirelessly to rescue homeless animals from high-kill animal control facilities and transport them to no-kill groups who place them into approved homes.  

To learn more about Tri State Pet Rescue visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/TriStatePetRescue/ or visit their website at tristatepetrescue.com

 

The charity for the month of April 2018 is The Craddock Center

The Craddock Center exists to enrich the lives of the people of Southern Appalachia through programs of education, cultural enhancement, and service, encouraging communities, families, and children to advance educationally, socially, and spiritually.

To learn more about The Craddock Center visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/thecraddockcenter or visit their website at craddockcenter.org

The charity for the month of February 2018 is Project Chimps

Project Chimps was founded specifically to provide lifetime care to former research chimpanzees at its sanctuary on 236-acres of forested land in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Project Chimps reached an agreement with the biomedical research laboratory that has the largest population of privately-owned chimpanzees in the United States in order to bring the lab’s chimpanzees to Project Chimps’ sanctuary. Project Chimps has transferred many of these intelligent and sentient beings from the lab to their new homes, where they will spend the remainder of their lives.  Most of these animals have never touched the ground so to be able to provide a real life for the chimpanzees for the first time in their lives in an amazing feat for the Project Chimps team.  Project Chimps relies on donations to fulfill their mission and requires ongoing funding for the future care of the chimpanzees and habitat expansion.

To learn more about Project Chimps visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/projectchimps or visit their website at projectchimps.org

The charity for the month of January 2018 is Michael's Big Red Truck - Transport vehicle for Tri-State Pet Rescue

Michael's Big Red Truck is the transport vehicle for the amazing folks at Tri-State Pet Rescue in Blue Ridge, GA. In memory of Michael Buckley-Durst.  Tri-State Pet Rescue in Blue Ridge, Georgia saves close to 1000 animals every year. A huge part of their mission and action is to transport animals to other rescues/organizations across the eastern United States. With the backing and support of customers, family, and friends, we provided this transport van to help Tri-State Pet Rescue maintain their mission of saving animals.  Thank you for your continued support to ensure as many animals as possible go to loving homes.  

To learn more about Michael's Big Red Truck visit the Facebook page at @michaelsbigredtruck or to learn more about Tri-State Pet Rescue visit  their website at  http://www.tristatepetrescue.com/ or their Facebook page @TriStatePetRescue

The charity for the month of December 2017 is The Open Arms - Home for Children

Open Arms is dedicated to helping children who have been abused and neglected by recognizing their emotional, behavioral and familial problems and providing quality short-term residential care that includes access to life enrichment and character building programs.

Open Arms provides temporary residential placement and care (24/7) for up to 10 girls ages 12 to 17. They provide this in a safe and nurturing environment under the supervision of well-qualified and trained staff. While they are prepared to provide this care for an extended period of time, they understand that the primary responsibility is to provide care until family or other more permanent placement can be provided.

Open Arms provides:

·         Healthy, nutritional meals throughout the day, including school meals

·         Transportation to and from school/after school programs

·         Access to enrichment programs including academic programs and life skills programs

To learn more about Open Arms or to donate, visit their website at http://www.oahome.org  or their Facebook page @openarmsblueridge