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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.

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

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Georgia's Safest Cities: 41-50

Georgia's Safest Cities: 41-50

(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 41 through 50 include:

41. Adel
42. St. Marys
43. Cairo
44. Clarkston
45. Camilla
46. Kingsland
47. Newnan
48. Lawrenceville
49. Blakely
50. Centerville

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.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Location change notice for Miracle for Madeline event

Location change notice for Miracle for Madeline event
SHARPSBURG, Ga -- The location for the fundraising event in remembrance for Madeline McTier has changed. The Miracle for Madeline event will be held Sunday, Sept. 22.Bike registration will start at 11 a.m. at Hunter Compex. Kickstands up at 12:30; the bikes will come back to Crossroads Baptist Church. The festivities will begin at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church on Highway 16 in Sharpsburg. There will be plenty of food, tons of vendors, several bands including Hudson Road Band, Sweet Grass Sally, CMT star Zach Lunsford and many more. A replica if the Batmobile will be there along with the Scooby Doo van, lots for the kids, prizes, auction and lots more. You don't want to miss this celebration of life for Madeline!