The Two Men And A Truck location at 1257 Kennestone Circle in Marietta has played an integral role over the past year in helping Simple Needs GA (SNGA) bring furniture and household items to individuals and families in need across Cobb County.
“Since 2017, Two Men And A Truck has donated time worth more than $8,100 to SNGA – a number that continues to climb by the month,” said Brenda Rhodes, SNGA founder. “For our clients, who typically have just transitioned out of homelessness or escaped a domestic abuse situation, this has been incredibly meaningful. When Two Men And A Truck pulls up with things like donated furniture, beds, lamps, tables and appliances, these families are overjoyed.”
During 2017, move crews from Two Men And A Truck made numerous deliveries and pickups on behalf of SNGA clients, said Lydia Whatley, marketing manager for nine Two Men And A Truck locations across Georgia.
Driver James Mials has delivered furniture and household items to seven or eight families over the past few months.
“It is a heartwarming experience,” said Mials, who has been with the company for three years. “We’ve had people cry or hug us. When you see people who have nothing, it just makes you realize how easy it is to forget sometimes how blessed you are.”
For Simple Needs GA, finding enough volunteers to pick up donations and deliver them to people in need can be challenging due to the logistics involved, Rhodes said.
The moves from donors’ homes to those of clients, or to SNGA’s storage space, are part of the Marietta-based nonprofit’s Simple Household Needs program, which collects new or gently used items, including furniture, TVs, dishes, bedding and DVD players. The goal is to help people in need turn a house or apartment into a home.
In addition to Mials, Whatley thanked crewmembers Deonte Glover, Andreas McConnel, Jemonta Stills and Anthony Watson for their hard work in helping SNGA deliver these items to clients.
Two Men And A Truck franchisees all over the country frequently dedicate both time and money to area charities, though it’s not a requirement, Whatley said.
The founder of the company, Mary Ellen Sheets, has spent her entire life volunteering and is a longtime supporter of many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, United Way of America and the YMCA.
For more info, visit SimpleNeedsGA.org.