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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Tree Lighting Celebration to bring holiday merriment to Rockdale

Tree Lighting Celebration to bring holiday merriment to Rockdale

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County invites the public to escape the winter weather and share in the warm spirit of the holidays at its annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main Street, Conyers.

Festivities begin with the Hometown Holiday parade at 4:30 p.m. and the Tree Lighting Celebration starting immediately after the parade between 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The county encourages citizens of all ages to attend this free, public event.

This year’s theme, “Christmas in Paradise,” will feature performances by local dance groups, elementary, middle, and high school choirs and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will light a large, beautifully-decorated Christmas tree on stage in front of the audience that Cowan Ace Hardware donated. There will still be lights on the large outdoor tree for citizens to enjoy through the holiday season.

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."

Volunteers collect 15.29 tons of litter in 2014 Great American Cleanup

Volunteers collect 15.29 tons of litter in 2014 Great American Cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. – Volunteers with a vested interested in making Conyers-Rockdale a cleaner, greener and more thriving community beautified locals parks, schools, neighborhoods, roadways and waterways through their participation in the Great American Cleanup.

Keep-Conyers Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) hosted the half-day event on May 3 at Pine Log Park in Conyers. More than 190 volunteers from local schools, church groups, civic organizations, scout troops, small families, and individuals donated their time to pick up garbage, tires and other debris around the community, which emphasizes the importance of litter prevention and recycling as much of the materials collected as possible.

As a thank you, volunteers received a Great American Cleanup t-shirt and a free BBQ lunch that Rockdale Water Resources and ESG Operations donated.

The cleanup removed 15.29 tons of garbage and 80 tires, and covered several locations across the county.

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Visit kohlskids.com for more information

Rockdale Emergency Relief, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue unite to provide clothing after fires

Rockdale Emergency Relief, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue unite to provide clothing after fires

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale Emergency Relief (RER) partnered with volunteers from Citizens for Georgia Power and an Edwards Middle School mentoring group on January 20 in two service projects designed to benefit community members in need, including those Rockdale County Fire-Rescue (RCFR) assists after a fire.  Both projects were conducted at RER offices with nearly 30 volunteers participating. 

Lee Cronan of Citizens for Georgia Power recruited volunteers for the project. Most of their volunteers were either Georgia Power retirees or relatives.  Cronan noted that the projects were a great way “to celebrate the MLK Jr. holiday as a day on, not a day off.”