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Gwinnett Great Days of Service will begin with Volunteer Night

Gwinnett Great Days of Service will begin with Volunteer Night

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The 14th annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service will kick off with Volunteer Night at Dave & Busters on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gwinnett Great Days of Service is the single largest two day public service annual event in Gwinnett County, and one of the largest in the United States. Last year, more than 90,000 volunteers combined efforts to complete about 400 projects.

Projects are being identified across Gwinnett County to be completed later this fall. Whether you have served in the past, or are just learning about Great Days of Service, come to the kickoff to get connected to this year’s event.

Tyler Perry gives $5K to robbed Gwinnett soccer team

Tyler Perry gives $5K to robbed Gwinnett soccer team

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta-based actor, writer and director Tyler Perry wrote a $5,000 check this week to a Lawrenceville soccer team that lost money from a fundraiser when the team's coach's truck was broken into following the event.

"Out of nowhere I got a call from Tyler Perry's publicist company," coach Michael Samnik told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "They told me that Tyler Perry had seen the news and that he was very moved by what happened."

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According to an incident report filed by Lilburn Police, officers were called to the Oyster Barn on Beaver Ruin Road on June 9. A person there told police they saw a man wearing a motorcycle helmet smash the window of a vehicle belonging to a Gwinnett Soccer Association coach.

Random Acts of Kindness: Lori Vinson

Random Acts of Kindness: Lori Vinson

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is a perfect example of how a kind gesture can go a long way. 

Lori Vinson works hard each and every day to make sure that everyone is cared for. Lori does it all, from working full-time and going to school, to taking care of her daughters and providing for others. 

Despite having no heat in her own house, Lori frequently brings food and blankets to the homeless in Atlanta. She is always putting others first and thinks of herself last. Right now, Lori and her family rely on a ceramic heater to keep warm.

WATCH | Warmth for Lori

Thanks to a tip from her boss and a generous donation from Metro Mechanical, Inc., 11Alive was able to give Lori a wonderful surprise. 

Random Acts of Kindness: Garland Williams

Random Acts of Kindness: Garland Williams

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- We end our week of honoring special moms for Mother's Day by recognizing Garland Williams from Lawrenceville.

Garland's daughter, Mayi, thanks God every day for her mom. Although she's been unemployed for two years, Garland never complains. She continues to smile and volunteer at her church, all while battling breast cancer.

Because of their hard times, the family hasn't been able to take a vacation in a long time. 

Thanks to a tip from Mayi, and a generous donation from Oceana Resorts, 11Alive was able to send them to the Patricia Grand Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach for a much needed break. 

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

ATLANTA -- Several Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia will host an event to raise money for Tripp Halstead's family.

Jump for Tripp will be held all day on Sunday, May 19. Ten percent of sales will benefit the family of the 2 year old, who was hit by a falling tree branch at his daycare center last October.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | Tripp Halstead

The Monkey Joe's venues in Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Morrow, Newnan, Roswell, Tucker and Warner Robins will participate in Jump for Tripp.

Visit monkeyjoes.com to learn more.

Random Acts of Kindness: Jennifer Harris

Random Acts of Kindness: Jennifer Harris

ATLANTA -- In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, we are honoring special moms every day this week with a Random Act of Kindness. 

Today's Random Act is for Jennifer Harris from Lawrenceville, who was nominated by her parents. 

Jennifer is a teacher and single mom of two, who is constantly taking care of others and putting them first. Her daughter Hannah, 5, suffers from severe cerebral palsy and must be lifted several times a day. 

Recently, Jennifer has been experiencing some back pain. With a tip from her parents and a generous donation from Rooms To Go, 11Alive was able to help.

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

(ATLANTA) -- The Drug Enforcement Office of Atlanta is holding the sixth annual nationwide prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at several area locations.

The drug take-back service is free and open to the public. It follows a "no questions asked" theme according to Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell.

He says the opportunity to get rid of pill abuse and theft by having all people bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions to the event is something embraced by all. Since September 2010, law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities have teamed with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds, almost 1,018 of prescriptions.

There will be numerous sites set up on Saturday to accept drugs from Georgia residents - all in an effort the increase public safety and public health.