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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. 

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- It’s not every day that you can do something to help the homeless, improve the environment, feed the hungry, help rescued animals, and even give some aid to Africa. But Holy Innocents’ Upper-Schoolers did all of that and more on Oct. 2 during the annual Great Day of Service.

Students and faculty spent a day away from campus volunteering at 15 sites around Metro Atlanta, including Foster Care Support, Furkids, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Covenant House, Books for Africa, the South View Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army.

And accolades rolled in from workers at the sites where HIES workers volunteered.

“The group from Holy Innocents’ did a phenomenal job today sorting and packing at Books For Africa,” wrote Development Assistant Jen Hale. “We just wanted to thank the students for their service and commend them on a job very well done.”

Movies by Moonlight finishes stellar series

Movies by Moonlight finishes stellar series

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 10th anniversary of Movies by Moonlight (MBM), presented by Leadership Sandy Springs, was a stunning success with an estimated total of 7,000 people from a broad cross-section of Sandy Springs in attendance.

The blockbuster kick-off event featuring the animated hit film Frozen drew the largest crowd ever despite sweltering temperatures. Subsequent September events, Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon 2, drew sizeable audiences, filling the lawn of host venue Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (SSUMC) as well. Vendors lined the midway of SSUMC’s parking lot as new food and entertainment offerings kept attendees delighted and busy until show time.

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is seeking adults interested in becoming a mentor to make a difference in the life of a child enrolled in 4-H. The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has a long, established history of making a positive impact in the lives of young people,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A lot is expected of our mentors because we believe the mentors receive a lot from helping young people chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world.”

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.