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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Pancake breakfast to raise money for Family Promise

Pancake breakfast to raise money for Family Promise

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to raise money for a worthwhile local cause.

A special pancake breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 20 will support Family Promise of New Rock, a community organization that works to eliminate homelessness.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Chili's on Dogwood Drive in Conyers.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.

Learn more about Family Promise of New Rock at familypromiseofnewrock.org.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Chiropractor holding toy drive

Chiropractor holding toy drive

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Rockdale County chiropractor is holding a toy donation drop-off for the holidays.

Conyers residents can bring new toys to Wilder Chiropractic Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New patients who donate will receive a free consultation and exam, while established patients will be treated to a free adjustment with their donations.

Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win a half-hour massage.

Visit wilderchiropractic.com for more information.

Wilder Chiropractic Center is located at 1540 Highway 138, Suite 1B in Conyers.

Star-Spangled Christmas parade to be held Saturday

Star-Spangled Christmas parade to be held Saturday

CONYERS, Ga. -- This year's Conyers Hometown Holiday Parade has a patriotic Star-Spangled Christmas theme.

Floats decked in red, white and blue will travel from Rockdale County High School to the Rockdale County Courthouse at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will celebrate U.S. armed forces and love for the country.

Parade participants and attendees will be encouraged to do their part to help local families in need.

"A new tradition we're starting this year is encouraging parade participants and spectators and tree lighting attendees to bring canned goods and participate in a food drive to benefit the Rockdale Community Food Bank," Conyers Main Street manager Monica Coffin said in a statement. "It's important to be able to give back to those that need help and food on the table, especially at this time of the year, and this is our way to celebrate the community's extraordinary spirit of giving."

Shop with a Cop returns for Christmas

Shop with a Cop returns for Christmas

CONYERS, Ga. -- Conyers' chapter of the Shop with a Cop program will return this Christmas.

Members of the Conyers Police Department will take local disadvantaged children shopping at Walmart during the holiday season.

This is the fifth time the department has participated in Shop with a Cop. Last year, 110 children benefited from the program; this year's goal is to take 120 kids shopping.

"The Conyers Walmart store is an excellent partner to assist the Conyers Police in spearheading this effort," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said in a statement. "Officers interact with children who may not have had a positive encounter with law enforcement up until now. The partnership between the CPD and Walmart makes sure that the children are afforded a more positive holiday experience."

Shop with a Cop will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.