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Photo Gallery Easy and Affordable. Available 24/7. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 January 22, 2014 Find photos of local sports, events, celebrations, plus more! MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Thousands of photos to choose from at Thirty-One Gifts gives back to Boys & Girls Club Thirty-One Gifts made Christmas a little brighter for children and teenagers at the Newnan location of Boys and Girls Club of America. Suzanne Hudson, a Thirty-One independent national executive director who lives in Newnan, said the local club is one of hundreds of community organizations throughout the United States benefiting from Thirty-One’s contribution. The company donated more than 250,000 products nationwide. Company founder Cindy Monroe “strongly believes that holiday giving is a family event and what better way to celebrate families, encourage compassion and reward the soul than to pass the blessings forward,” Hudson said. Earlier this year, Thirty-One sponsored a Get One, Give One Sale in which the company pledged to donate one product for every item sold. The overwhelming response to the sale resulted in Thirty-One making the donation of thermal totes, cinch sacks and other products to the NBC “Today Show” Toy Drive. Monroe appeared on the “Today Show” to announce the contribution. “Thirty-One’s donation is one of the largest contributions ever to the toy drive,” Hudson said. Hudson worked closely with local Boys and Girls Club organizers in Newnan to acquire the free gifts for a Christmas party. Hudson was joined at the event by Senior Executive Director Brandy Black and consultant Karen Gambon. Hudson’s husband, Linn, daughter Samantha and family friend Paige DePoi also participated with Boys & Girls Club workers, parents and volunteers in serving dinner and then assisting Santa with handing out gifts. The gift bags also included items from the Toys for Tots campaign, according to Boys & Girls director Daryl Smith. Monroe founded Thirty-One in the basement of her home in 2003. Today, the company has more than 100,000 consultants across the United States. The company sells unique and ontrend purses, accessories and products that offer organizing solutions. As a direct selling company, Thirty-One’s independent consultants hold home parties to share the company’s products in person while building relationships with hostesses and customers. Hudson joined the company in 2007, based on Thirty-One’s mission to celebrate, encourage and reward women. Hudson ranked as the top salesperson in her first full year with the company, and she has grown a team of consultants in every state. For more information on ThirtyOne, contact Hudson at 770-316-0111 or by email at Christina Brock reacts to Santa’s arrival at the Christmas party for the Boys and Girls Club in Newnan. Cool cooking with red hot tomatoes i n s i de Tomato C ornbread Recipe Photo by Clay Neely ➤ “One of our biggest goals is being viewed as a viable competitor in the minds of the public,” said Chris Stroud, manager of Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. ReStoring a local image By Clay Neely Ch ris Stroud, li ke ma ny other Coweta residents, was — until recently — unaware of one of the many local consignment stores tucked away in the corners of the county. “I’ll be honest. I was born and raised here in Newnan, but up until just last year, I didn’t even know this place existed,” said Chris Stroud, manager of Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on Pine Road. The ReStore, which resells donated building materials and home goods to the public, raises funds for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter’s efforts to build and renovate housing to provide affordable homes for eligible residents. The path that led Stroud to his current position was an unlikely one. After a 13-year career in the professional golf industry, Stroud found himself looking for a new line of work. “I was a PGA golf professional for 13 years. But the golf business hasn’t been in the best shape lately, so I told my wife that I’d just find something local to do,” said Stroud. “I fell in love with the mission of this place and I’ve really bought into what we’re doing and how we’re affecting families in the community.” “When you think about the people we help and reach, it’s very fulfilling,” said Stroud. “Sure, I miss the golf world. But the things I miss are overshadowed by the feeling at the end of the day, knowing the impact that we might have had on a family.” Stroud considers his new position to be more than simply a job. “It was def initely divine inter vention,” said Stroud. “A man at our church offered me a position at his own company, but at the last minute he found this position here at the ReStore and asked if I’d be interested. So I made a phone call and now here I sit.” Stroud’s approach to the Re Store i s si m i l a r to t he PAGE 3 Tomato Cornbread Family Features Ketchup may be the first thing you think of when tomatoes are mentioned. 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