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Salvation Army donations dramatically down

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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Christmas Tree Santas help families in need


ROSWELL, GA (WXIA) – In North Fulton County Saturday morning, “Christmas Tree Santas” were helping to spread holiday cheer to families in need.

Santa's helpers personally delivered trees to clients of  Homestretch and the Drake House. Both are transitional homes for people who are homeless.

They also gave away trees to clients of Roswell's child development agency.


The Melting Pot raises $80K for CHOA

The Melting Pot raises $80K for CHOA

ATLANTA -- After several fundraising campaigns throughout the year, representatives from the Melting Pot presented Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with an $80,000 donation.

Mark and Layla Gunn, who own and operate all four Atlanta-area Melting Pot locations, joined forces with Broadway Across America and Pure Imagination Charity to raise the money.

To show its appreciation for the restaurant chain's generosity, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite dedicated Examination Room 18 to the Gunn family.

The Melting Pot has locations in Midtown Atlanta, Duluth, Kennesaw and Roswell. Learn more at www.themeltingpot.com.

A Roswell tradition: Lighting the town square

A Roswell tradition: Lighting the town square

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell's annual lighting of the Historic Town Square will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Everybody is invited to come out at 5 p.m. for visits with Santa, caroling from several local choirs and a special reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Mayor Jere Wood.

Once the square is aglow, children can hop aboard the holiday bus and ride to Santa's Secret Gift Shop, where they can browse for special presents, someone of which are handmade by the Roswell Ramblers.

The gift shop will be open at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center (830 Grimes Bridge Road) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.

For more information about the square lighting, call Mary Rummell with the city of Roswell at 770-641-3950.

LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

Bake sale raises $1,500 for STAR House

Bake sale raises $1,500 for STAR House

ROSWELL, Ga. -- North Fulton Hospital's fall 2011 bake sale raised $1,500 for a Roswell children's charity.

Debbie Keel, CEO of NFH, presented the big donation to Michelle Newton, executive director of STAR House Foundation, on Monday.

STAR House supports at-risk children in North Fulton by providing tutoring, school supplies, leadership activities and recreational programs in a friendly after-school environment.

NFH is pleased to continue supporting this worthwhile cause by fundraising and volunteering at local elementary schools.