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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.

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

(WXIA) -- 'Tis the season to give, and Chili's Grill & Bar is allowing customers to do just that.

On Monday, Dec. 9, Chili's diners can make a donation to Marine Toys for Tots by eating at one of the restaurant chain's many locations.

Simply mention the Toys for Tots fundraiser to a Chili's server for 10 percent of the check to be given to the organization.

Learn more and find your nearest Chili's at chilis.com.

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

(WXIA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Chili's is giving customers an easy way to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Chili's diners have the option of donating 10 percent of their checks to the charity, which supports injured military personnel and veterans.

Simply download the flyer from the Chili's website and present it to a server to make a donation.

Vets and military members who eat at Chili's on Veterans Day -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- will be treated to free entrées.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

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.