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Lithia Springs Choir, Atlanta West Pentecostal Church wins Verizon's How Sweet the Sound

Lithia Springs Choir, Atlanta West Pentecostal Church wins Verizon's How Sweet the Sound

ATLANTA -- Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” tour returned to Atlanta for the 5th year, Monday, September 10 at Philips Arena.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation is once again giving Atlanta residents the opportunity to save at some of the city’s top restaurants while also supporting an important cause. The non-profit organization known for providing an otherwise unavailable education to children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa is teaming up with over 85 local restaurants in all areas of Atlanta for its second annual Dinner & A Cause Card fundraiser.

'Give Burns the Boot' fundraiser returns

'Give Burns the Boot' fundraiser returns

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County firefighters will soon be out in the community, boots in hand.

The annual Give Burns the Boot fundraising drive begins Friday and continues for the first three Fridays in May.

Money donated goes to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which works to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, and supports two burn centers in Georgia.

Some of the funds will also support Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. In 2011, 94 children attended the camp, which is funded entirely by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Be sure to look around the community for your friendly local firefighters on May 4, 11 and 18.

Hundreds needed for 'Day of Action' to keep Cobb beautiful

Hundreds needed for 'Day of Action' to keep Cobb beautiful

This year, Keep America Beautiful selected 10 top performing affiliates to participate in the Great American Cleanup Day of Action. Keep Cobb Beautiful was selected as one of those 10 nationwide and will host three project sites Saturday, April 28. The theme is #GreenStartsHere and 400 volunteers, age 13 and older, are needed.

Site 1: Wallace Park – Cleanup and Revitalization (9 a.m.–3 p.m.)
Base Address: 6289 Pisgah Road, Mableton
Volunteers needed: more than 100

Site 2: Mitchell Lane Cleanup (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Base Address: area surrounding/adjacent to 4845 Mitchell Lane, Austell
Volunteers needed: more than 150

Site 3: Six Flags Neighborhood Clean Sweep (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Base Address: 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell
Volunteers needed: 100