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Holy Innocents' 'Lent Madness' raises thousands for Horizons

Holy Innocents' 'Lent Madness' raises thousands for Horizons

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Episcopal Church has a tradition of donating money saved during Lent (the 40 days before Easter) to a special cause. Timothy Seamans, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) Lower School Chaplain, added a twist to that tradition by having first through fifth-grade homerooms compete to see who could raise the most money in a new annual event called Lent Madness.

This year, the students raised a whopping $6,800! The recipient will be the Horizons Program for economically disadvantaged children, a community-centered, education program that operates outside the traditional school year. Horizons’ long-term program offers students deep engagement and opportunities to help put them on a path to success, both in school and in life.

“Lent Madness certainly sparked a spirit of generosity with the students,” said Lower School Principal Terri Potter. “They were thrilled to help the Horizons students have books and other resources they may need.”

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

(WXIA) -- All 22 Atlanta-area T.MAC restaurants will raise money for Christopher Sparkman this week.

Sparkman was working as a security guard at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April when he was shot in the abdomen. Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. His wife Jamie Lynn quit her job to help take care of him.

Read more about Chris Sparkman's recovery

The Sparkman family faces enormous medical bills; Jamie Lynn has spoken publicly about the need for financial assistance.

T.MAC customers who want to help Sparkman pay for his treatment can do so on Thursday, Apr. 2. Diners can drop their receipts in designated collection boxes; 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the Sparkman family.

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is back

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is back

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For the 13th year, Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day (VBSS), returns on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide a community-wide service day to enhance organizations throughout the city, sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs.

Through hundreds of volunteer service hours, committed and passionate citizens participate in a program of giving back. The program has grown over the years as more sponsors and volunteers have stepped up to provide funding, materials, and labor to make improvements to local nonprofit organizations, government establishments and public schools.

Valued at over $425,000 in upgrades to our community, VBSS Day has become an essential and reliable service that continues to benefit and support Sandy Springs.

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) presented their twice annual Breakfast Buzz event November 5 at Morgan Falls Café featuring keynote speaker former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.

Attended by local community leaders and LSS alumni and guests, Floyd spoke from his long-term experience on economic development and how it can be used as an effective tool for building small businesses, great restaurants and desirable residential properties. In line with LSS’ theme of Building Community, Floyd shared his experiences in fostering collaboration between the rich Decatur culture of businesses, volunteers, and the arts community.