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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Shop with a Sheriff comes to Fayette

Shop with a Sheriff comes to Fayette

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is providing a special Christmas for 35 local children.

The office's Shop with a Sheriff program, now in its sixth year, gives deputies the opportunity to take needy children on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart.

Most of each child's Shop with a Sheriff allotment goes to warm clothes. Any leftover money can be spent on toys.

Deputies said that, in the past, most children were more concerned about buying clothes and gifts for their siblings and parents than themselves.

This year's Shop with a Sheriff event will be held Dec. 15 at the Fayetteville Pavilion Walmart.

Anyone interested in making a tax deductible donation to Shop with a Sheriff can mail a check to P.O. Box 143606, Fayetteville, 30214. Donations can also be made online at shopwithasheriff.com.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Toys for Tots needs volunteers

Toys for Tots needs volunteers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayette Toys for Tots is looking for people and organizations willing to help during the holidays.

Fayette County's chapter of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will begin collecting toys on Nov. 16. Volunteers are needed to sort toys, solicit donations and serve as drop-off sites.

For more information, visit fayettetoysfortots.com or email questions to fayettetoysfortots@hotmail.com.

Fayette Toys for Tots serves disadvantaged children in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Chair-ity event to help Christian City

Chair-ity event to help Christian City

UNION CITY, Ga. -- Christian City is gearing up for its sixth annual holiday fundraiser, the Children's Chair-ity Event.

Every year, local artists hand-paint wooden chairs for the Chair-ity. The chairs are sold at the event during a Santa's Workshop Silent Auction, which also features other great prizes like a weekend trip to Hilton Head Island, a Pandora bracelet, gift baskets and tickets to the Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker.

All of the money raised by the event goes to the Children's Village at Christian City, which has provided a loving home for more than 1,000 abused and neglected children for 47 years.

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Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926.