CANTON, GA (Jan. 12, 2023) – Cherokee Recreation and Parks is seeking donations for its 8th Annual Project Valentine initiative.

The donations will benefit clients of Empower Cherokee, a local nonprofit organization serving the special needs community. Requested items include lip balm, lotion, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, art or music activities, candy (sugar-free and regular), and other holiday-related items.

“It’s wonderful to see the community come together each year to show these folks just how much they are loved,” said Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator Jessica Hallman. “All of the donated items will be made into goodie bags to be delivered to Empower Cherokee.”

Cherokee Recreation and Parks will accept donations through Wednesday, Feb. 8. Items can be dropped off at the South Annex location at 7545 Main Street, Building 200 in Woodstock, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center located at 1200 Wellstar Way, in Canton Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All donated items should be new, unwrapped and in a bag.

For additional information about the Project Valentine program, contact Cherokee Recreation and Parks at 770-924-7768 or visit


Located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Cherokee County is part of the 11-county metro-Atlanta area. Cherokee County boasts a population of more than 279,000, according to the 2022 Atlanta Regional Commission population estimates. It is the one of the fastest growing counties in the metro region and its overall Board of Commissioners-controlled tax burden per capita is one of the lowest in the region. Cherokee County has world-class parks and recreational facilities, is a destination for corporate headquarters and is a great place to live, work and play. Cherokee County is the best of both worlds because it’s where “Metro Meets the Mountains.” Learn more at



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