December 15th, 2016, was the last day of the annual charity event Holiday House, hosted by The Atlanta Children’s Shelter. The day altruistically ended with donations still coming in. Event coordinator Carmen Simmons, creator of, has spent the last several years spearheading the event to bring it through its 16th year successfully.

Started by the Junior League of Atlanta, Holiday House is for current and former homeless families to “shop” for Christmas. They are assigned a personal shopper who guides them through the process of picking out gifts. Each family receives 6 gifts per child, home good items, one coat per child and any baby items they need. They also receive 2 bikes per family.

Befitting a creative and classy way to give back, in attendance were ladies from the Classy Living Society – an organization that partners with charitable organizations and small businesses to give back. SHADE, a makeup line that not only donates part of their proceeds to the homeless, but also gives them makeup, was also on hand to lend a hand.

A very appreciated – albeit surprise – donation came from Home Depot who made it a special point to provide gifts for older children. “Too often, when people think of giving back they don’t consider that [there are older children in need as well].” Simmons noted as she guided me through the Holiday House that was packed with toys, volunteers, and those in need.

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