100 Coats & More

Meet Toby and LaKesha Philyaw! The “Dynamic Two” are filled with much gratitude and certainly has the heart to serve!


Posted on January 5, 2021, at 8:00a.m. ET. Atlanta, Georgia.

Written and photographed by Douglas Simmons; Photojournalist- Dream Images Productions


On December 5, 2020, I had the pleasure of attending Blessings Galore' s first event for 2020. Blessings Galore is a newly formed 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization within the Cobb County, Georgia community, managed by a husband and wife team; Toby and LaKesha Philyaw. The goal of the event was to provide 100 NEW COATS to kids between the ages of 5-10 years of age. Their partnership with Burlington earlier in the year, was instrumental to their mission with providing the coats needed to help make the event a success. In addition to coats, Burlington provided gift cards to the organization as a supplement to families just in case they either ran out of coats or didn't have the correct sizes.

When I first arrived, there were three cars lined up ready to receive their coats. I was able to speak with Felicia Jackson, a single Mother who received 3 coats for her children. I asked her, how important was it for her to receive the coats. Felicia: Really important because it's cold here in Georgia, recently locating from Florida- so, this was a big blessing for me!


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I also had time to meet with the founders/owners of the organization; Toby and LaKesha Philyaw. I asked them, How Would You Describe Blessings Galore name & style? It didn't take very long for us to come up with the name. We knew right away that our FIRST mission was to be a blessing to those we came in contact with. We kept playing around with the word Blessings and suddenly, Galore came to mind- meaning we wanted to be able to provide an abundance of assistance and blessings to those with real true needs. The style is described exactly how Toby and I always imagined- SIMPLE BUT ELEGANT. It's been working for us thus for, so we're aiming to stick with just that. Great question.




Kesha, you and Toby Co-Own Blessings Galore?  Toby, who decided to start the organization in 2019 and why was it needed?  Kesha: Yes absolutely! We felt a need for there to be a strong partnership in this venture because two heads are always better than one. He's the President of the organization and I'm the VP. Toby: The organization was decided by both of us. After brainstorming and asking each other back and forth questions, we knew that this organization was truly needed for the community, seeing all the many people hurting for just the basic things. Right then, we knew we had to hit the ground running, whatever that looked like.


Douglas: Please finish this statement, If You Had Billboard……Kesha: It would have our logo Blessings Galore boldly at the top where it could be visibly seen with a simple but catchy message in the middle with our webpage below. Less is more!

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Douglas: How Will you Define Success After the First Year? Kesha/Toby: Success after the first year of service would be defined by looking back on how we handled our ups and downs and what we did to change or combat it.


How can the community support you in 2021? The community can support Blessing Galore by first going to our site at blessingsgalore.org and reading about us to see if our values line up with theirs. If it does; we would encourage individuals to SUPPORT with anything that's comfortable to their pockets. One thing we've learned going through this is that we can't do this alone. Meaning it takes donors to support, so that we are able to provide for those with needs. We offer other ways individuals can support to, which is through the smile.amazon.com site and choosing us as their charity, registering their Kroger rewards card by going on Kroger.com and searching Blessings Galore INC OR CN930. Each time someone purchases from smile.amazon.com and Kroger, Blessings Galore receive a portion of nonprofit proceeds, at no charge to the individual. We always welcome thoughts and ideas from individuals. We can be contacted at blessingsgalore4@gmail.com.  


For their first event, Kesha and Toby had a successful day… They gave out over 100 coats and provided 35 $25 Burlington gift cards. They also prayed for a lot of families within their cars that day, but no other services were requested or rendered. Everyone received a flyer with their contact information just in case other assistance was/is needed. Congratulations Blessing Galore! It's always a pleasure partnering with you and I look forward to seeing you at your next event!

How to support this Organization?

How can the community support you in 2021? The community can support Blessing Galore by first going to our site at blessingsgalore.org and reading about us to see if our values line up with theirs. If it does; we would encourage individuals to SUPPORT with anything that's comfortable to their pockets. One thing we've learned going through this is that we can't do this alone. Meaning it takes donors to support, so that we are able to provide for those with needs. We offer other ways individuals can support to, which is through the smile.amazon.com site and choosing us as their charity, registering their Kroger rewards card by going on Kroger.com and searching Blessings Galore INC OR CN930. Each time someone purchases from smile.amazon.com and Kroger, Blessings Galore receive a portion of nonprofit proceeds, at no charge to the individual. We always welcome thoughts and ideas from individuals. We can be contacted at blessingsgalore4@gmail.com For their first event, Kesha and Toby had a successful day… They gave out over 100 coats and provided 35 $25 Burlington gift cards. They also prayed for a lot of families within their cars that day, but no other services were requested or rendered. Everyone received a flyer with their contact information just in case other assistance was/is needed. Congratulations Blessing Galore! It's always a pleasure partnering with you and I look forward to seeing you at your next event! How to support this Organization?



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About Blessings Galore

Toby and Lakesha Philyaw are the proud visionaries of Blessings Galore Non-profit Organization. Their story began many years ago as they assisted family and friends who had true needs. Over the years, this dynamic husband/wife team always encouraged others, and shared valuable information that would be beneficial to those they helped. The needs encompassed, financial assistance, emotional support, and resource direction to name a few.

The government shutdown in 2018-2019 is what ignited the couple to pair together to make another difference. The repercussions of the shutdown affected so many people and many could not afford the basic needs. As a result, the mission continued, only assisting family and friends. However, God wanted more for them. He wanted to stretch them more ... because he had a much bigger plan in store. 



The Philyaw’ s shared passion for community service, genuine hospitality for others and obedience to God has always been at the center of their core. Thus, this passion opened their hearts to start Blessings Galore. This powerful duo has two beautiful daughters, Brianna and Madison. They consistently raise their daughters to be a blessing to those they encounter, whether it be a friendly smile, a cordial greeting, or a big hug to make their day. The Philyaw family has a strong sense of purpose and you won’t find a kinder President and Vice President. They are down to earth and exhibit true compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Blessings Galore is a newly formed non-profit organization. The goal is to remain transparent to all, as they assist individuals on next step approaches to achieve desired goals and to inspire others with hope and monetary and/or non-monetary assistance.

Communication is a key component in EVERYTHING, which is why Blessings Galore continues to build bridges, listening to the needs of others, coupled with the sharing of ideas to determine what will work and what will not. Their continued partnership with other nonprofits is what will drive success and further advance the outcome of the recipient's needs. Furthermore, Blessings Galore operates from a God first mentally and has no interest in straying from it. They cannot do this alone- as it takes a village!

COME ON VILLAGE! HELP THEM TO HELP OTHERS!

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