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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.

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $149 at ATA Martial Arts

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $149 at ATA Martial Arts

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Get in shape and learn self-defense with this weekend's fantastic DealChicken Atlanta deal.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can take advantage of 10 classes at ATA Martial Arts. Choose from Krav Maga classes for adults or Karate for Kids; either way, pay only $49 for a package valued at $149.

The deal gets even sweeter with 50 percent off basic karate gear for DealChicken members.

This offer expires on May 13, 2012. ATA Martial Arts has 21 locations throughout Metro Atlanta:

* 3450 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 190

* 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road, Suite 212
* 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 530

* 1011 Tower Place

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

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.