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This Weekend is The Empty Stocking Fund’s Annual JROTC Drive

This Weekend is The Empty Stocking Fund’s Annual JROTC Drive

More than 2,500 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in fundraising effort.

On Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th, more than 2,500 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will take to the street to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that provides gifts to more than 50,000 metro area children living in poverty each year. 

“The JROTC Drive is important in several ways,” said Manda Hunt, executive director of The Empty Stocking Fund.  “In addition to increasing visibility and raising contributions for our cause, it encourages students to get involved in their communities by helping others and, in return, hopefully gives them a sense of pride in their contributions.  This is a very important fundraising campaign for a grassroots organization

Team Owen lights the night at Centennial Olympic Park

Team Owen lights the night at Centennial Olympic Park

 

ATLANTA, GA – On November 5, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be holding the Atlanta Light the Night Walk at Centennial Olympic Park.

One of the teams competing in the walk, Team Owen, will be honoring Owen Fox, a six year old Grant Park resident at Wesley International Academy.

Team Owen has about fifty participants, who are mostly from the Grant Park neighborhood, and they’ve all come together to raise about $13,000 for LLS. According to CURE, during the Grant Park Halloween Parade, Team Owen made meals for the community, organizing playmates and hasting bake sales this weekend.  

Representatives from Team Owen will be in attendance at the 2011 Walk, which will begin at 4pm. Centennial Olympic Park is located at 265 Park Avenue, Northwest in Atlanta. 

Facebook posts alert Ga. man to $20K lottery win

Facebook posts alert Ga. man to $20K lottery win

ATLANTA – A Blackshear man really “likes” his Facebook messages. Casey Mattox, 31, had just gotten off work when friends began posting on his Facebook page that he won $20,000.

“My phone started ringing, and people were congratulating me on Facebook,” he said.

Mattox’s name was announced on television as the winner of the Georgia Lottery’s $3,000,000 Taxes Paid extra chance drawing Oct. 26. His prize amounts to $20,000 after taxes.

“I was excited,” he said. “I was jumping up and down.”

A UPS driver, Mattox plans to save most of his winnings.

“I might get my wife a good Christmas present,” he added with a laugh.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off the “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, November 14, 2011, with a can collection competition among six Fulton County High Schools and four businesses.  They want to reach a goal to deliver 30 barrels of canned food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The filled barrels would feed 8,550 people (285 people per barrel) in need of nutritious food.

The deadline to fill the 30 barrels is December 16.  Those organizations that collect the most cans will receive H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Awards.  Cans will be counted at every drop-off location to determine the winning organizations.  In 2010, Youth Commissioners collected, 5,700 cans to feed families, shelters and non-profit organizations registered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Veterans Day: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marks 20 Years of Serving Children of U.S. Military

Worldwide Programs Now Serving 460,000 Youth in 15 Countries

 

For 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been providing the children of American military families’ vital services and programs – wherever they are stationed around the world.  Since 1991, children have had access to on-base Youth Centers that offer the same guidance and proven programs - focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy living - provided by traditional Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States.

 

“Children of military families face more than the usual challenges of growing up, from moving and re-establishing friendships every few years to worrying about family members who have been deployed,” says Terrill Wicks, vice president, Military Services & International Projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

 

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

ATLATNTA – I’m sure we all remember the days Halloween and Trick-or-Treating was more of a sport than a spectacle. And when everyone wanted to know in which neighborhood you could find king-sized Snicker bars or full-sized bags of M&M’s. Well, according to a survey conducted by Zillow, not much has changed.

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.