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Monkey Joe's to raise money for Community Welcome House

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Community Welcome House

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Monkey Joe's is doing its part to help local families affected by domestic violence.

The bounce house paradise will hold a fundraiser for Coweta County's Community Welcome House, which helps women and children escape and recover from abusive homes.

Monkey Joe's will mark down its T-shirt prices from $9.99 to $7.99 from Nov. 16 through Nov. 25. A percentage of funds from each shirt sold will go to Community Welcome House.

The Newnan Monkey Joe's is located at 354 Newnan Crossing Bypass. Call 770-251-7226 for more information.

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.

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.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Newnan Christmas Parade accepting float applications

Newnan Christmas Parade accepting float applications

NEWNAN, Ga. -- It's going to be a "Merry Musical Christmas" in Newnan when the annual Christmas parade rolls into the city on Sunday, Dec. 2.

"We are looking forward to the parade this year. It's always an anticipated activity for the city," city of Newnan spokeswoman Gina Snider said in a statement. "Christmas is a very special time, and it is fun to help spread the Christmas cheer. To the delight of all the kids, Santa Claus is coming to town!"

The city is now accepting float applications for the parade. This year's theme is Merry Musical Christmas, and participants are encouraged to incorporate holiday songs into their floats.

A $150 prize will be awarded to the best floats in each group: large business, small business, church/school and civic/nonprofit. Newnan residents will vote for the people's choice winner on Facebook; the creators of the honored float will receive a plaque.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.