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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.


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.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County Eagle Scout used his project to overhaul the landscaping at Gwinnett Technical College.

Brian Dalrymple is a junior at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton and a member of BSA Troop 1534 from Buford. His father Allan is program director of Gwinnett Tech's Emergency Services Education program.

Dalrymple and members of his troop planted 21 trees and 1,400 plants on the Gwinnett Tech campus. The Eagle Scout's plan was designed to minimize the heat island effect on the school's grounds, according to Gwinnett Tech spokesperson Dana Urrutia.

Urrutia said a heat island is created when open land and vegetation are replaced with roads and buildings. Effects of a heat island include increased energy costs and air pollution.

Dalrymple and Gwinnett Tech grounds manager Gail Zorn spent three weeks planning and planting the project. Thanks to his hard work, Dalrymple officially became an Eagle Scout in December.