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Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Local seniors honored during annual Volunteer Breakfast

Local seniors honored during annual Volunteer Breakfast

CONYERS, Ga. – Several local residents were celebrated during the Olivia Haydel Senior Center’s Volunteer Breakfast on Dec. 31. The annual, festive event recognizes center members who contribute positively to the center and community and marks the end of the year to all volunteers with a special thank you.

County Chairman & CEO Richard Oden sponsored the three awards to the following winners:

•     2013 Senior Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year – Pauline and LeRoy Hudson, married 45 years, moved to Georgia from New York. They serve as Center Site Council representatives and have volunteered with Meals on Wheels since January 2007. Last year, they made 54+ deliveries to home-bound seniors.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden has teamed up with Andy Peabody, Executive Director at Rockdale Emergency Relief, Senior Pastor Eric W. Lee and Minister Brian Russell of Springfield Baptist Church, and other civic and community organizations to host the third annual Walk By Faith event.

The 1.1 mile-walk will start on Sat., Jan. 4 at the Salem Gate Plaza parking lot in Conyers near Highway 138 and Old Salem Road and will conclude at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive. The staging will take place at 9 a.m.

The group is asking participants to bring 5 or more dry or canned good items so that the community can fill the local food pantry shelves.

The Ray Davis Middle School marching band will play music while leading the walk to Springfield.

“This is a great first event of the year for the community to come together on one accord with positive, powerful energy” Chairman Oden said.

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

(WXIA) -- 'Tis the season to give, and Chili's Grill & Bar is allowing customers to do just that.

On Monday, Dec. 9, Chili's diners can make a donation to Marine Toys for Tots by eating at one of the restaurant chain's many locations.

Simply mention the Toys for Tots fundraiser to a Chili's server for 10 percent of the check to be given to the organization.

Learn more and find your nearest Chili's at chilis.com.

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration location moved due to inclement weather

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration location moved due to inclement weather

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County invites the public to stay out of the rain and share in the spirit of the holidays at its annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Sat., Dec.7 now at an indoor location.

Due to the anticipation of inclement weather Dec. 7, the 2013 Tree Lighting Celebration will move into the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main Street, Conyers. The program will still start immediately after the Hometown Holiday parade between 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

This year’s Tree Lighting theme, “Lights, Camera, Action, Christmas!,” will feature performances by local choirs and dance groups, and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will light a beautifully decorated Christmas tree on stage in front of the audience. There will still be lights on the large outdoor tree for citizens to enjoy through the holiday season.

Governor's Mansion Christmas tree comes from Conyers

Governor's Mansion Christmas tree comes from Conyers

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Christmas tree that will grace the lawn of the Governor's Mansion this year comes from Conyers.

The Georgia Building Authority selected a 40-foot red cedar from the grounds of the Georgia International Horse Park to be featured at the Buckhead mansion.

"We are thrilled that a tree from the Georgia International Horse Park was chosen for the governor's Christmas tree," Jennifer Bexley, director of the horse park, said in a statement. "Of all the trees in northeast Georgia that could have been selected, it's an honor that this tree came from Conyers and our world-class facility."

The tree was cut down Monday morning and transported to the Governor's Mansion. It will be lit during the Christmas at the Mansion celebration on Dec. 8.

The Home Depot plans to recycle the tree after Christmas.