Alison Sosebee chose signs to convey a positive message for all.
District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee launched a campaign over the weekend encouraging those who are struggling to use the services available across the Appalachian Judicial District and for the rest of us to support the groups offering help.
DA Sosebee, who is running unopposed this year, worked with law enforcement agents in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties last week to put out signs saying simply, “In God We Trust,” saying she chose that phrase to convey a positive message for all.
Sosebee explained on the Appalachian District Attorney’s Facebook page, “Now, and over the past several weeks, our area, our state and our nation, have been facing unprecedented times. The continued transmission of COVID-19 is scary....for a lot of reasons....not the least of which is the financial impact on the families, children and community service organizations.”
She continued, “In our community, we are blessed. There are many resources available to those in need in our area. And if you do not need these resources, they need you. Many food pantries in our area have had an increase in distribution to those in need of up to 40 percent year-to-date.”
Sosebee included contact information to food pantries and other groups across the three-county district asking that those who can, donate. She said the sources of traditional fundraisers are not available with the social gathering restrictions. Furthermore, Sosebee said there is concern that with disruptions to supply chains, the food pantries who normally purchase from larger food banks won’t have access to those sources for the food they provide.
Sosebee said the food pantries in all the counties, including CARES in Pickens, are doing “phenomenal jobs” during these unusual times.
On Friday, the district attorney’s office donated $5,000 from their victim assistance funds to the CARES Food Pantry here. The Sheriff’s Foundation of Pickens County matched that with $5,000 in funds that came from JeepFest last year.
On the Facebook page, the district attorney’s office listed three Pickens groups that provide assistance or can provide more information and may need financial help during this time. The local list is below.
89 Cares Drive, Jasper, GA 30143
Food Distribution Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 12:00.
Boys and Girl Club
101 Freedom Way, Jasper, GA 30143
Tel: (706) 253-2582
The Facebook page noted these are a few options and encouraged people to submit others. See District Attorney, Appalachian Judicial Circuit on Facebook for more information.