Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fayette Relay For Life Searching for Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society of Fayette County and the Relay for Life Organizing Committee are searching for local cancer survivors who would like to participate in the 2010 Relay For Life of Fayette County and the annual pre-event Survivor Dinner.

Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser and the signature event of the American Cancer Society. The purpose of the rally is to raise money to fund research and development towards patient treatment, cancer prevention, and to help find a cure for cancer. At Relay teams of 10 – 15 people join together to raise money through pledges, or selling merchandise or food during the night long walking event.

Relay For Life is also about honoring some very important VIP’s; local residents who have survived cancer. Relay For Life is an event that helps survivors feel part of a very special community and celebrating life with them. Cancer survivors are treated as honored guests at Relay and are the guests of honor at a Survivor’s Dinner which is sponsored by Piedmont Fayette Hospital. This year’s Survivor Dinner will be held Friday, April 23th at the New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Ellen Hester will be the motivational speaker at this year’s Survivor Dinner. Ellen is known for her unique and humorous presentations, often done in character. Attendees of the Survivor dinner are sure to be enthusiastically energized and entertained by Ms. Hester.

Survivors can register to attend Relay For Life on-line at Follow the Survivor/Caregiver link under Event Information. Invitations to the Survivor Dinner will be mailed to all registered Survivors. Registration forms are also available at the Fayette County American Cancer Society (ACS) office located at 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 3, Peachtree City.

For more information about the Relay For Life event and the Survivor's Dinner, please contact Jody Abigando, Survivor Development Chairperson at 770-719-6098 or by email at
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Coweta Outreach

Shiloh Chinese Christian Church, Coweta Community Church and Community Welcome House have joined together in providing food, clothing, counseling and referral services the second Saturday of each month. This outreach program offers a soup lunch and information. The location is Coweta Community Church, 310 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd, Newnan, GA.
Contact Mrs. Amy Tai for information at 770-502-2306 or by emailing

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Special Olympics Georgia Receives Grant from The Home Depot Foundation

/PRNewswire/ -- Through its fourth annual Building Community Day program, The Home Depot® Foundation has awarded $20,000 to Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA). The donation will be used to grow the State Competitions which also includes the Healthy Athletes free health screenings at all events.

"We are excited and honored to receive this support of both collaboration and funding from The Home Depot Foundation," said SOGA Chief Executive Officer Georgia Milton-Sheats. "This incredible and positive recognition and support will assist us as we expand and enhance our programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Atlanta community and statewide."

Through its Building Community Day program, sponsored in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, The Home Depot Foundation connects with some of Atlanta's most effective nonprofit organizations, which are focused on building communities through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships that fall outside of the Foundation's usual areas of giving. Twenty nonprofits participated in roundtable discussions and workshops focused on the theme of 'Social Innovation: Inspirational Ideas and Practices for Maximum Impact.' Each organization received a $20,000 grant at the end of day to support their work on a broad range of issues facing the Atlanta community.

"We are delighted to support and celebrate nonprofits in our hometown that have a long-standing commitment to making Atlanta a healthier and more sustainable city where families can thrive," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. "Special Olympics Georgia deserves enormous credit for the work it is doing, particularly in these difficult economic times, and we are glad to be part of their efforts."

SOGA continues to serve people with intellectual disabilities through year-round sports competitions and training, health screenings, leadership opportunities, family networking and more throughout the state. Find out more at

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Mayfield Milk and Girl Scout Cookies: A Perfect Combination

What could be better than enjoying a cold glass of delicious Mayfield Milk? A glass of Mayfield Milk with your favorite Girl Scout Cookie!

From February 15 to March 30, Mayfield Dairy will be donating a portion of milk sales proceeds to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta (GSGATL).

In addition to the donation, Mayfield President Scottie Mayfield says the dairy is also giving milk lovers a chance to save money. During the promotional period, Girl Scouts will be handing out the coupons at Girl Scout Cookie Booths at select locations while supplies last. With each Girl Scout Cookie purchase, consumers will get a coupon for a $1.00 off a gallon of Mayfield Milk.

“We’re excited about our partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta,” said Mr. Mayfield. “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, and we’re happy to help this great organization provide girls with the skills they need to be outstanding members of our community.”

“The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is thrilled Mayfield has partnered with us through our Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Marilyn Midyette, CEO for GSGATL. “Their support will help our local troops operate camps and provide financial assistance to girls who can’t afford membership costs.”

“My favorite Girl Scout Cookies have always been Thin Mints,” said Mr. Mayfield. “No matter which cookie is your favorite, there’s nothing better than dipping one in a glass of Mayfield Milk.”

About Mayfield Dairy Farms
Founded in 1910, Mayfield Dairy Farms offers a full line of milk, cultured and ice cream products. Based in Athens, TN, the dairy serves nine Southeastern states. Tours of the dairy’s plants in Athens, TN and Braselton, GA offer an inside look into the history, production and great flavor of Mayfield products. To learn more about Mayfield Dairy Farms, visit

About Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Inc. serves approximately 41,000 girls and nearly 18,000 adult members in 34 counties in the metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and a portion of Polk, Tenn. Our mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta call (770) 702-9100, or visit

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Airmen, Soldiers Continue Deliveries to Haiti

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown
Special to American Forces Press Service

Airmen and soldiers assigned here (Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA) and at Fort Lee, Va., loaded nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster III transports Feb. 8 and 9 in support of Operation Unified Response in Haiti.

The 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron team worked alongside airmen from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Forty Lee to load the gear and people aboard C-17s from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Air transporters from the 633rd LRS have worked around the clock since Jan. 14, ensuring the aircraft are properly loaded, said Air Force Master Sgt. Anthony McCray, the squadron's air terminal operations superintendent. The team performed joint inspections with deploying units and validated all aircraft load plans for proper weight distribution and sequencing.

Soldiers loaded vehicles, palletized cargo and gear as troops from Fort Lee's 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion boarded en route to provide security, fuel systems and water purification management in Haiti.

"The Air Force trains soldiers through an affiliation program how to load aircraft properly," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Harris, a 21st Airlift Squadron loadmaster. "They knew exactly what to do and really helped expedite the process."

Airmen use planes that are most readily available to carry cargo and people from support bases to Haiti and back. As a result, crews from around the country man aircraft from different bases, all while visiting installations that serve as hubs.

"We need to be able to respond as quickly as possible, so when the alert comes in, we take whatever plane is available," said Air Force Airman 1st Class Alex Bartels, a loadmaster from Travis who accompanied the Hickam-based C-17. "It saves time and money and helps us be as efficient as possible."

The Haiti relief operation has kept the 633rd's airmen very busy.

"Last year, we moved approximately 1,500 tons of cargo," said Air Force 2nd Lt. Larry Ingersoll, the 633rd LRS officer in charge of air terminal operations. After the Jan. 12 earthquake, the squadron's airmen moved 746 tons of relief supplies in only 25 days, just 7 percent of the year.

Since the beginning of the operation, 633rd LRS Airmen have loaded 24 aircraft with cargo and more than 200 people bound for Haiti.

(Author Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown serves in the 633rd Air Base Wing public affairs office.)
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Headgear Donates Shoes and Shirts to Hatian Earthquake Victims through Soles4Souls

Headgear, INC announced Tuesday it will donate 5,000 pairs of shoes and 100,000 shirts to Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to distributing new and gently worn shoes to those in need all over the world. The shoes are in support of Soles4Souls commitment to send more than 1.3 Million pairs of shoes to the devastated region.

Soles4Souls has partnered with other organizations on the ground in Haiti to transport and distribute the aid. More than 100,000 pairs of shoes, including work boots, rain boots, children’s athletic shoes and clothing items, have already been distributed in Haiti. The shoe charity announced it will continue to send shoes to the region throughout 2010 as part of their sustainable efforts to help Haiti in the rebuilding efforts.

“The mission to bring hope to the people of Haiti is well underway,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “With the help of our friends at Headgear, INC, Haitians can begin to rebuild their lives and look forward to a brighter day.”

"We are proud to be partnering with Soles4Souls to aid the relief efforts currently underway in Haiti. Our donation is a token of our strong commitment to our communities and consumers alike. We hope our shoes and clothing can provide hope and happiness to those in need."

For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in Haiti, visit

About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

About Headgear
HeadGear, Inc. designs, markets and distributes a full collection of men’s, women’s, and youth clothing and accessories. Founded in 1992 as primarily a cap wholesaler, HeadGear has expanded into a full line of apparel and accessories and markets a strong portfolio of brands such as the premier lines of Blac Label, Blac Label Pink, and True Ambition footwear.

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First Lady Perdue Joins ‘Bearable Hugs’ Campaign

Stuffed Animals Distributed to Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

First Lady Mary Perdue teamed up today with the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the Fatherhood Program to collect teddy bears and other stuffed animals for children as part of the ‘Bearable Hugs for Georgia’s Children’ campaign at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The toys will be given to children receiving care at pediatric facilities, women’s shelters, law enforcement agencies and other children’s organizations throughout Georgia.

“It’s a blessing to see the smile a little stuffed animal can bring to face of a child,” said First Lady Mary Perdue. “This small gift helps a law enforcement officer to calm a child involved in a tense domestic situation or a hospital worker bringing comfort to a child.”

Individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations will participate in the Bearable Hugs for Georgia’s Children campaign by dropping off donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals at any DCSS office throughout the state. The stuffed animals will be distributed on February 11th and 12th, 2010.

“Last year we collected over 4,000 stuffed animals which benefitted children served by 82 different organizations around the state,” said DCSS Director Keith Horton. “We hope to collect even more stuffed animals this year.”

“The Bearable Hugs campaign is a wonderful way for all Georgians to help children facing illness or other difficult circumstances, and I am honored to be a part of this community project,” said Mrs. Perdue.

The Division of Child Support Services helps Georgia’s children by enforcing the parental responsibility to financially support children. The Fatherhood Program serves non-custodial parents who are unable to pay their child support by helping them find employment and other services that promote self-sufficiency so they can support their children.

For more information about the Division of Child Support Services or the Fatherhood Program, go to
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Saturday, February 06, 2010

East Cobb Church of Christ Accepting Donations for Haiti from Feb. 10 to March 12

Walmart Transportation is assisting the East Cobb Church of Christ (ECCOC) to bring relief to the millions of Haitians affected by the earthquake. ECCOC has a long history of serving families in North Haiti and is seeking donations of food, summer clothing, school supplies, toys and cash donations to fill a 53-foot Walmart trailer that will be located on the church property. Walmart has volunteered to transport the trailer from ECCOC in Marietta, Ga. to Miami, Fla. where the donated items will then be shipped to Haiti to aid victims of the earthquake.

Suggested donations include:

· Non-Perishable food and sundry items
· Eating utensils
· Plastic containers
· First Aid Kits
· Hygiene products (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)
· Summer clothing
· School supplies
· Toys and recreational items

For more information please call 770-587-5999 or visit:

February 10– March 12, 2010

Collection dates and times:

Saturdays, February 13 to March 6
· 10:00 a.m.-12:00a.m.

Sundays, February 14 to March 7
· 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
· 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
· 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

East Cobb Church of Christ
5240 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
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