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Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Bank of North Georgia)  There are literally thousands of families in desperate need of assistance during the holiday season, so the Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from November 26 through December 17 at all 42 branches in metro Atlanta. Last year, the bank collected a total of 1,850 toys for children.

“Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life in Metro Atlanta, supporting those institutions and programs that make the communities we serve desirable places to live and work. Our branch teams are excited to embrace a local charity this season by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families. We are hoping that all children will have a joyous holiday this year,” said Don Howard, Chairman and CEO of Bank of North Georgia.

Each branch selected a local charity to support as outlined below.

Come to “Breakfast With Santa” at the Stone Mountain Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Come to “Breakfast With Santa” at the Stone Mountain Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by FODAC)  All proceeds benefit Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC).  Santa will take a break from holiday preparations on Saturday, Dec. 4 when he comes to Stone Mountain for the annual “Breakfast With Santa” at the Stone Mountain Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort. 

Guests will enjoy a gourmet breakfast buffet, an all-attractions pass to Stone Mountain Park and an opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. 

“This is the eighth year we’ve hosted Breakfast with Santa, and it’s an event that families return to over and over again,” said Chris Brand, executive director of FODAC. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time together enjoying the magic of Santa Claus, as well as an important fundraiser for our organization.

Come to Gwinnett County's 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association host the 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville.   Enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment beginning at 5 p.m., including live musical entertainment from The Class Act Band, face painting, dance performances, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus in a vintage fire truck on loan from the Winder Fire Department.

The annual lighting of the tree ceremony, begins at 6 p.m., and the much awaited arrival of Santa is at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The holiday fun continues throughout December at Holiday on the Square at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as the Santa Trolley once again rolls into the square on December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:00-8:00 pm, where children can ride along with the jolly ole elf.

Last Day for United Way's Online Auction with special VIP Gifts

Last Day for United Way's Online Auction with special VIP Gifts

Atlanta, GA--  Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is sponsoring “Gift Back: An Online Auction” for the first time.  Dozens of items and packages will be available for bids from Nov. 26 through Dec. 6, 2010, by logging on to unitedwayatlanta.org.

Anyone wishing to nab one or more of the wonderful items, donated by local and national organizations, should bid and bid often to increase their chances of winning. Once bidding ends Dec. 6 at midnight, those with winning bids will be contacted by a United Way representative.

This is a public auction.  Funds will go toward reaching the United Way 2010 fundraising goal of $80.2 million. Some of the items available for bids include a trip to Super Bowl, tickets to the Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Cancun getaway, a night with the Atlanta Braves, artwork, collectibles, airline tickets, Olympics paraphernalia and much, much more.

Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Atlanta, GA--  The Tree of Love is a holiday celebration to assist children  living in DeKalb who because of their circumstances --- foster care, single-parent low income household, etc.,  may not have a Merry Christmas.  This is the 11th year that Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb District 3, has sponsored this initiative.   Commissioner Johnson is quoted as saying: “This is what Christmas is all about, helping and giving to others.

Dekalb County CEO Ellis Joined Community Partners to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Families

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, along with local community partners, distributed food to families today through Project Take Charge and "Family House”, two programs run by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), a community-based nonprofit organization that sponsors programs and services to prevent and alleviate homelessness among families. 

DCM’s Project Take Charge program assists DeKalb County residents in imminent danger of losing their home or utility service, and operates as an emergency food pantry and food cooperative for low-income households; “Family House”, DCM’s transitional housing program, provides interim housing and support to assists families with children move from homelessness to self-reliance.

“Government can’t do it alone, community organizations and the private sector cannot do it alone, but when we pool our resources, we can accomplish great things to help our community,” said CEO Ellis.

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Visit the Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on 11/17

Atlanta, GA--  The Green Commission of DeKalb County and Commissioner Kathie Gannon invite all citizens to join them at a Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010, 9am – 12:00pm, at Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston campus.

The Green Expo is an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to learn the latest information about environmentally friendly products and services.  Twenty seven local companies and non-profit organizations that help consumers save energy, conserve natural resources and use recycled materials will demonstrate their products and services. There will also be a document shredder on site for the public.