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ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Janine Maxwell brings hope to people.  That is what she has been doing for the past six years, and the objective of her nonprofit aid organization, Heart for Africa –to deliver hope to the poor and vulnerable.

But the marketing exec turned humanitarian, professes that she struggled with living in Alpharetta—the affluent and picturesque community, she, husband Ian and two children (daughter Chloe –now 16, son Spencer –now 18) relocated to from Canada, in order to raise awareness and support for the organization.    

 “Beautiful but very different,” she best summarizes it, Maxwell felt uprooted trading the securities of her CEO-standard, Canadian lifestyle –and free healthcare, for the South; however it was a move that was both necessary and favorable.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.

North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

The North Fulton community is invited to join Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann (District 3) and Fulton County departments and other nonprofit partners for a North Fulton Community Open House on Saturday, June 16.  This family-friendly event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.

The Open House will take place outside of Commissioner Hausmann’s new District Office, located at 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30022, in the same complex with North Fulton Health Center and offices of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessors.

The day’s activities will include information and activities, including a performance by the Johns Creek Symphony, arts activities with the Printmakers Studio, the Atlanta-Fulton County Bookmobile, library card sign-up and story time, environmental craft activities with the Department of Water Resources, and much more. 

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

PHOTOS | Bert's Big Adventure 2012

Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

2012 Free Summer Activities for Kids in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Here is a list of free summer activities for kids and families throughout the Atlanta area. There are plenty of free activities to keep your little ones busy: VBS, movies in the park, educational events, crafts, splash parks and more.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Many churches around Atlanta offer VBS free of charge. Some even include a free meal each day. Sign up fast because spots go quickly. The children will enjoy fun, games, and crafts while learning about Jesus. If any of these churches are charging for VBS, please let us know.

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