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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Local Community Partners Donate Food Items

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, along with local community partners Feed the Hungry Foundation, Inc., The HoneyBaked Ham Company, Publix and Wayfield Foods, will donate food items to the food pantry of Project Take Charge, a homeless prevention and emergency assistance program sponsored by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. at Belvedere United Methodist Church, 2915 Midway Rd. in Decatur.

DCM, a community-based nonprofit organization, provides 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.

Atlanta VA Medical Center will Host a “Stand Down” for Homeless Vets in the Greater Atlanta area

Atlanta, GA--  On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Atlanta VA Medical Center will host a “Stand Down” for homeless veterans in the greater Atlanta metro area.  Many of the activities for this event are made possible by the dedication and generosity of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF). 

Salem Middle School Students Commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today at 7:30 p.m., Salem Middle School students in DeKalb County will hold a candlelight vigil and dedication ceremony in honor of a 12-year paraprofessional at Salem who passed away from breast cancer on July 4, 2010.

Students will take part in this demonstration to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Salem Middle School teachers, students and parents, as well as members of the paraprofessional’s family (including her daughter, who attends Salem Middle School) will dedicate a memorial bench on the school grounds in her honor as part of the ceremony.

The candlelight vigil and dedication will take place Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Salem Middle School, 5333 Salem Road, Lithonia, Ga., 30058.

Center for Black Women's Wellness Takes Health to DeKalb County's Faith-Based Community

Atlanta, GA--  


Atlanta nonprofit, the Center for Black Women's Wellness (CBWW), presents its 3rd Annual Women's Health Expo. This FREE event delivers CBWW's roster of health services, resources and medical expertise into the community itself.

Give Count Dracula the boot this Halloween. Don’t give him your blood, instead donate to Red Cross

Atlanta,GA--  This Halloween, Count Dracula is not the only one who needs your blood. The American Red Cross reminds us that regular blood donations are needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in our local hospitals.  

The first of October marks the beginning of the Halloween season; but, for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims there is something much scarier than ghosts and goblins knocking on our doors asking for treats—not having blood available when it is needed. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, and the blood must be there before it is needed in order to help save lives.

This summer the Red Cross had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve.

2nd Annual Pink! The Color of Life 5 Mile Walk for the Cure Comes to Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA--  Pink! The Color of Life, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, invites you to walk for the cure Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 9:00 am in Stone Mountain Park.

Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.