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Coolray Field to Host Toys for Tots Event and Open House

Coolray Field to Host Toys for Tots Event and Open House

Lawrenceville - With the spirit of the holidays in the air, the Gwinnett Braves have teamed up with Venture Sport Shows to host their 13th annual Toys for Tots drive. The event, spanning across three days in December, will bring together athletes and celebrities from the local area in support of a toy drive to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

It's not too late to help Operation Christmas Child

It's not too late to help Operation Christmas Child

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Every year, Operation Christmas Child delivers shoe boxes full of toys, candy and other goodies to deserving children across the world.

The charity, which is sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, is accepting shoe box donations through Saturday, Dec. 10. They can be dropped off at 665 Raco Drive NW, Suite C in Lawrenceville or mailed to Operation Christmas Child Headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Learn how to pack a shoe box for OCC.

Boxes can also be built online -- click here to give $35 and customize a box for a child in need.

Operation Christmas Child's Southeast regional office is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 66 in Alpharetta.

Secret Santas Wanted

Secret Santas Wanted

The Children's Center for Hope & Healing is looking for secret Santas. This wonderful non-profit organization  is dedicated to breaking the cycle of child sexual abuse and preventing the victimization of children.

If you, your office, your Sunday School Class, or your family would like to provide Christmas for one of our

children or one of our families, please call us for a wish list.  Every week, we see children whose shoes are

too small for their feet, whose legs have outgrown their Levi’s, or who greedily devour our snack supply

because they don’t have enough to eat at home.  


These families need our help providing clothing—winter jackets, blue jeans, sweaters, and pajamas as well as

Gwinnett County Fire and EMS to hold graduation ceremony

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – On Thursday, November 17 the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will graduate their sixteenth Citizens Fire Academy. The ceremony will be held at the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters at 6:00 p.m.

According to Gwinnett County, “the Citizen Fire Academy is a 12-week program that allows citizens of Gwinnett County to learn about and experience the fire department first-hand. Not only do citizens learn about the organization and the services it provides, but they also learn valuable fire and life safety information that increases knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. Post-graduation citizens have opportunities to volunteer within the department as well as become a member of the Citizens Fire Academy Association.’

Light refreshments will be served  after the program. 

LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

ATLANTA -- Applebee's expects to serve more than one million free meals to veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day.

This is the third year in a row that the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain restaurant has held its Thank You Movement to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country.

And part of that movement includes allowing members of the military to eat for free on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Active duty military members and veterans can receive their free food from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Metro Atlanta Applebee's locations include:

* 2226 West Broad Street