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Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

ATLANTA -- Surveys show that today's young people are more in touch with the needs of their communities than ever before.

In a recent study conducted by Build-A-Bear Workshop, 98% of the 400 kids polled said that they believe it is important to help others.

Build-A-Bear Workshop founded its Huggable Heroes program to recognize and encourage young leaders who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. Huggable Heroes is currently searching for a new batch of special kids to acknowledge and reward.

Anyone between the ages of eight and 18 can be nominated for the distinction of Huggable Hero.

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

ALPHARETTA, GA -- For American Girl fans, the introduction of the newest Girl of the Year character causes enormous excitement.

On Saturday, Jan. 1, girls and their parents are invited to line up in front of American Girl Atlanta for the official unveiling of Kanani, American Girl's 2011 Girl of the Year.

Girls will experience the warm, tropical world of Hawaii during the weekend-long Kanani celebration. Guests in attendance will be among the first to see the brand new Kanani doll, accessories and books, and learn about Kanani's inspiring story and her love of sharing the aloha spirit.

Each girl in attendance will receive a free grass skirt for her American Girl doll and enjoy Hula dance demonstrations by a professional Hawaiian dance troupe.

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

ALPHARETTA, GA -- It all started during a typical November weekend in Alpharetta's Dunmoor subdivision.

Samara Chasin, 12, and her mother Lisa watched their neighborhood's youth tennis team compete against the Horseshoe Bend team.

Nearby, 11-year-old Roswell resident Madie Dreesman cheered during her younger sister's match. A bandana covered Madie's hairless head.

In the car on the way home, Samara's eyes filled with tears. She asked her mother about the little girl with no hair.

Lisa had spoken with Madie and her mother during the match. She explained that Madie had cancer and was undergoing treatment, most likely chemotherapy.

Meet Anthony Williams of "Project Runway" at Macy's

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Macy's at North Point Mall (1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, 30022) presents the fashion event of the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Anthony Williams of "Project Runway" (season seven) as he helps customers glam up their winter wardrobes and kick off the holidays with a fabulous new look. From skinny cargo pants to faux fur vests, Anthony will show women how to work the latest trends.

Macy's shoppers are invited to meet Anthony while enjoying music and refreshments. The first 50 guests will receive a special gift.

For more information, call North Point Mall at 770-740-9273.

Goodwill to Open Store in Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Dozens of anxious customers crowd the entrance. Inside, employees scurry about, putting the finishing touches on decorations and goods before the doors open.

This will likely be the scene on Thursday, Sept. 23, when Goodwill opens its doors to hundreds of shoppers at its new Johns Creek store. The facility, located at 10955 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30022, will be the non-profit's 34th store in North Georgia.

When the doors open at 9:00 a.m., shoppers can expect to find quality items at a good price. For people looking to give, there is a convenient drive-up donor door where they can donate. This location will also have a place to recycle used computer hardware. People who drop off computer parts at Goodwill donation centers receive a tax receipt, regardless of the brand and condition of the equipment.

With every new store location Goodwill opens, it is able to increase its services to the community.