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FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Donate to Toys for Tots

Donate to Toys for Tots

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The city of Johns Creek is making it easy for residents to donate to Toys for Tots.

Five drop-off locations throughout the city are accepting donations through Friday, Dec. 14.

"With the economy still struggling, many families are cutting back on their gifts," Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney said in a statement. "Johns Creek residents are generous, big-hearted people. We're hoping that people will step up and we'll see more happy kids on Christmas Day. Just a single toy might help a child feel he or she isn't forgotten."

Toys for Tots collection locations include:

* City Hall
* Fire Station No. 61, 10265 Medlock Bridge Parkway
* Fire Station No. 62, 10925 Rogers Circle
* Fire Station No. 63, 3165 Old Alabama Road
* Park Place, 3150 Old Alabama Road

Norcross Cooperative Ministry initiative to raise $4.2 million

Norcross Cooperative Ministry initiative to raise $4.2 million

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The Norcross Cooperative Ministry announced a new initiative to raise $4.2 million over the next five years on Friday.

According to NMC Campaign Director John McCrory, Restoring Hope! will help those in need in the greater Norcross area.

Three programs will make up Restoring Hope!, including the goal to transform lives by reducing poverty, distribute emergency housing and non-food needs to families, and educate the community on needs of those living in poverty in Norcross.

Senior Pastor at Perimeter Church, Randy Pope and Jim Ellis, President of the Jim Ellis Automotive Group will serve as co-chairs of the campaign's Leadership Council. According to Ellis, this is an important initiative for NMC at a great time.

Ocee ES Giving Tree helps community

Ocee ES Giving Tree helps community

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The students at Ocee Elementary School in Johns Creek are doing their part to help the community this holiday season.

After reading Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," the children created their own Giving Tree to benefit the Atlanta Children's Shelter.

The tree is covered in leaves with needs -- things like diapers, clothes and book -- written on them. Students remove leaves from the tree and replace them with ones that state the things for which they're thankful. They then buy the items listed on the original leaves and give them to the shelter.

"The children are doing great work helping the less fortunate," Ocee Elementary spokeswoman Cindy Matthews said in a statement.

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

CUMMING, Ga. -- Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and we need your help to provide a Thanksgiving feast for children in need and their families. Act Together will host our 3rd Community Thanksgiving dinner. This year, our Thanksgiving dinner will be in the gymnasium at Covenant Christian Academy in Cumming. There is a lot of work that goes into serving Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people and we need lots of help to make this happen.

Volunteers are needed to cook turkeys (we will provide the turkey) and bring to our Thanksgiving dinner ready to serve. You do not have to stay but must drop off between 12-2PM on Thanksgiving Day to the Covenant Christian Academy Gymnasium located at 6905 Post Road in Cumming. Contact Us to Sign Up.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy