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Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal to Visit Roswell’s Waller Park

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal to Visit Roswell’s Waller Park

Roswell, Ga. (July 22, 2014)—On July 29, Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, will visit the City of Roswell’s Waller Park Recreation Center to help bring attention to the state’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP ensures that low-income children have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session.

 

Deal will be arriving at 8:00 a.m. to have breakfast with children attending Waller Park Day Camp. She also plans to read a story to the children and take a brief tour of the facility.

 

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Boutique gives free gowns to military brides

Boutique gives free gowns to military brides

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell will once again team up with Brides Across America to give free wedding gowns to soldiers and women who are engaged to military members.

The gown giveaway will take place Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

To qualify, a woman and/or her fiancé must be active duty military, either currently deployed or with a scheduled deployment in the near future. Participating brides must also have a wedding planned for the next 18 months. Learn all the qualifications for the gown giveaway.

Wedding Angels owner Jacqueline Westney said more than 100 gowns in various sizes and colors will be available. Bridal consultants will help participants choose their perfect dresses.

Roswell Historical Society to honor Cherokee Nation

Roswell Historical Society to honor Cherokee Nation

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Roswell Historical Society will hold a ceremony next month to honor the city's Cherokee history.

The society will dedicate a memorial on Saturday, July 19 at Riverside Park.

Honored members of the Cherokee Nation will attend the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The memorial consists of boulders bearing eight plaques that tell of the Cherokee tribe's history in Roswell. Cherokee Committee Chair Cindi Crane wrote the plaques, which were vetted by the Cherokee Nation, the National Park Service and the Trail of Tears Association.

Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Road.

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."

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) want donations of formal wear and accessories for the fifth annual “Teens of Excellence” Prom Closet Program.

HAFC is seeking donations of gently used and clean prom/formal dresses and tuxedoes of all sizes for high school seniors graduating in May 2014. Donations of larger size formal wear are especially needed.

The program seeks to help single parents, grandparents and/or guardians on fixed incomes to provide prom wear without the disappointing choice of saying no to a teen about purchasing formalwear because of limited income.

The formal wear is provided to high school seniors, with priority given to Housing Authority of Fulton County residents. In 2013, more than 250 high school seniors in Fulton County received donated formal clothing to wear to their proms.

As in previous years, items needed for the 2014 Prom Closet include: