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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."

All About Developmental Disabilities Boosts Board wIth Four New Members

All About Developmental Disabilities Boosts Board wIth Four New Members

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), Georgia’s preeminent provider of support services for families living with developmental disabilities, has added four new members to its Board of Directors.

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 31 through 40 include:

31. Loganville
32. Smyrna
33. Sandy Springs
34. Waynesboro
35. Powder Springs
36. McDonough
37. Austell
38. Decatur
39. Doraville
40. Jackson

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.

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.

Aaron's supports Cobb mentoring program

Aaron's supports Cobb mentoring program

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Aaron's Lease-to-Own has raised $15,000 for the Cobb County School District's Mentoring Matters program.

Cobb Mentoring Matters allows local residents, business owners and civic groups to mentor and donate money to students in need.

"I believe it is our responsibility to positively impact the lives of all individuals we encounter," Brett Ruffino, vice president of Aaron's in Marietta, said in a statement. "It is especially important to the youth that are willingly and enthusiastically lining up saying that they need and want mentorship."

Ruffino added that Aaron's is committed to making a positive impact on the community and the lives of its customers.

Aaron's employees participate in Cobb Mentoring Matters, but wanted to make an additional contribution -- hence, the $15,000 donation.

(CCSD CobbCast)

Random Acts of Kindness: Kelsi Brown

Random Acts of Kindness: Kelsi Brown

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Today's random act of kindness is for Kelsi Brown. 

Kelsi is a little girl with a big heart. This Christmas, Kelsi's only wish was to help patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), who are in the hospital during the holidays. 

Instead of gifts, Kelsi asked friends and family to make a donation of coloring books and crayons for children at CHOA instead. 

Kelsi's mom, contacted 11Alive through Facebook and told us about Kelsi's Wish and how she was striving to make a difference. 11Alive decided to step in and make her wish even bigger. 

Kelsi's original goal was to collect 200 books and crayons. Thanks to a generous donation from Michaels in Smyrna, she exceeded that goal by far.