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Dekalb Police Give Hope for the Holidays

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb County Government)  

The DeKalb County Police Department made the holiday season a little brighter for two families in need.  On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Chief William O’Brien along with several officers made a joyful delivery of gifts to the children from Stone Mountain.  This is the second year that the police department has teamed up with the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center’s “Hope for the Holiday’s” initiative to bring gifts to children that are less fortunate.

“This was such a wonderful thing to be a part of,” said Chief William O’Brien.  “I am thankful to all our officers for their support in making this a more magical Christmas for these deserving families.” 

Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Bank of North Georgia)  There are literally thousands of families in desperate need of assistance during the holiday season, so the Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from November 26 through December 17 at all 42 branches in metro Atlanta. Last year, the bank collected a total of 1,850 toys for children.

“Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life in Metro Atlanta, supporting those institutions and programs that make the communities we serve desirable places to live and work. Our branch teams are excited to embrace a local charity this season by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families. We are hoping that all children will have a joyous holiday this year,” said Don Howard, Chairman and CEO of Bank of North Georgia.

Each branch selected a local charity to support as outlined below.

Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Atlanta, GA--  The Tree of Love is a holiday celebration to assist children  living in DeKalb who because of their circumstances --- foster care, single-parent low income household, etc.,  may not have a Merry Christmas.  This is the 11th year that Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb District 3, has sponsored this initiative.   Commissioner Johnson is quoted as saying: “This is what Christmas is all about, helping and giving to others.

Dekalb County CEO Ellis Joined Community Partners to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Families

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, along with local community partners, distributed food to families today through Project Take Charge and "Family House”, two programs run by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), a community-based nonprofit organization that sponsors programs and services to prevent and alleviate homelessness among families. 

DCM’s Project Take Charge program assists DeKalb County residents in imminent danger of losing their home or utility service, and operates as an emergency food pantry and food cooperative for low-income households; “Family House”, DCM’s transitional housing program, provides interim housing and support to assists families with children move from homelessness to self-reliance.

“Government can’t do it alone, community organizations and the private sector cannot do it alone, but when we pool our resources, we can accomplish great things to help our community,” said CEO Ellis.

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Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn

Atlanta, GA--  People of all age groups eagerly look forward to Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, marking the victory of good over evil and the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is a time when Hindus throughout the world go to Mandir and pray for both forgiveness and success in the coming year.  People illuminate their homes with colorful lights, wear new and traditional clothes, share sweets, and send well wishes to family and friends.

The scene was no different at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn. Buzzing with joy and excitement, visitors were greeted with rangoli, a beautiful floor design made with colored rice and powder, as they entered the brightly glowing Mandir.

Stone Mountain Family is a Finalist in the Parenting Magazine Road Trip Contest, But Needs Your Vote

Atlanta, GA--  Parenting Magazine's annual Family Road Trip sweepstakes has a Stone Mountain family as one of its finalists!!! Between now and November 15th all of us in America have the chance to vote for the family we think should win an all-expense paid road trip through several states while blogging about their experiences on Parenting.com. 

The Edmunds family consists of Mom Kristin and Dad Tim, who are childhood sweethearts who grew up with great road trip memories. They are hoping that winning the Family Road Trip will give them the opportunity to take their 4 year-old Brooke and 2 year-old Lauren on a family trip that will give their daughters the same sort memories, and they could use our Local Hometwon help to send them on their way.

We encourage all Atlantans and especially Stone Mountainites to go to Parenting.com and vote for their nieghbors and to send the Edmunds family a little holiday joy.

DeKalb County Youth Soccer Organization SMYSA is Kicking Balls while Taking Donations for the Poor

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Youth Soccer Organization SMYSA is kicking balls while taking donations to inspire our 16.8% of neighboring families living below poverty levels.  Every donation can help aid our community with support, food, clothing and toys for the holidays.