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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Bloom Our Youth to receive grant from Panera Bread

Bloom Our Youth to receive grant from Panera Bread

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Panera Bread has announced a partnership between three of its restaurants and Bloom Our Youth, a service that supports foster children.

Throughout 2014, Panera customers have the option of making cash donations to the organization. Collection sites, known as Community Bread Boxes, will be installed in participating restaurants.

The Panera in Fayetteville has also committed to preparing 24 meals a year for residents at the Friday-Johnson Home, a children's home in southern Fayette County.

"The overwhelming generosity that Panera Bread has shown us through this venture is simply astounding," Bloom executive director Becky Davenport said in a release.

Participating Panera locations include 104 Ellis Road in Fayetteville; 379 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan; and 1263 North Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City.

The initiative is part of Panera's Operation Dough-Nation program, the company's charitable outreach venture.

Canton tops list of 10 Best Places in Ga.

Canton tops list of 10 Best Places in Ga.

CANTON, Ga. -- Life is good in Canton. The Cherokee County city tops Movoto's recent list of the Best Places in Georgia.

The real estate blog examined all of Georgia's cities with a population of at least 10,000 before narrowing it down to 11 (nine of which are in metro Atlanta; two cities tied for 10th place). It used such statistics as amenities, cost of living, median household income, crime, tax and unemployment rates, and commute times to determine the ranking.

The top 10 include:

1. Canton
Perks: great community events, low unemployment rate (7.7 percent), low crime rate, low sales tax (6 percent), good weather

2. Peachtree City
Perks: high median household income ($92,647), low crime rate, multi-use paths!

3. Athens
Perks: proximity to the University of Georgia, low unemployment rate (8 percent), low average commute time (21 minutes), low student-teacher ratio (13 to 1)

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

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Georgia's Safest Cities: 21-30

Georgia's Safest Cities: 21-30

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 21 through 30 include:

21. Port Wentworth
22. Dallas
23. Perry
24. Fayetteville
25. Woodstock
26. Richmond Hill
27. Pooler
28. Eatonton
29. Bremen
30. Rincon

Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Ga. kids fight to protect endangered species

Ga. kids fight to protect endangered species

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Carter and Olivia Ries may be young, but they're already doing their part to save endangered species.

The Fayetteville siblings founded the conservation group One More Generation, which works to educate young people about animals in danger of going extinct.

When the children heard about a Texas auction that sold a permit to hunt an endangered black rhinoceros, they asked their parents to take them to Dallas so they could voice the opposition.

The fact that only a non-breeding male rhino would be killed was little consolation to the Ries family.

Carter, 11, and Olivia, 10, stopped by the 11Alive News studio Monday morning to talk about their protest of the rhino hunt.