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Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

'Share a Moment of Love this Holiday' with a senior

ATLANTA -- Georgia's nursing home leaders are inviting the public to stop by a local senior community during the holidays this year and spend time visiting with residents living in one of the state's many skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities.

The Georgia Health Care Association's annual “Share a Moment of Love this Holiday” campaign, which helps people learn how the gift of time can be a wonderful present, is being celebrated until Sunday, Jan. 3.   

“We’re all so busy during the holiday season that sometimes it is easy to forget just how much it means to spend a moment with a special person,” said Jon Howell, president & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. “Chance are that we all know someone who does not need another 'thing', but the gift that would mean the most to them is a visit, a moment of love.”

“Giving the gift of time, along with a hug and smile, can mean the world to so many people,” Howell added.

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

March of Dimes Bowl for Babies with Harry Douglas

March of Dimes Bowl for Babies with Harry Douglas

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas and friends hosted Bowl for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.

The event was held on Oct. 13 at Dave and Busters at 5900 Sugarloaf Highway in Lawrenceville, and a crowd of over 100 people attended. This was the opportunity to live out a fantasy evening “celebrity style,” and help fund the research, programs and services that ensure every baby will be born strong and healthy.

“I'm heavily involved with March of Dimes Georgia Chapter because my nephew and niece were premature born babies. It hits home hard, and once I research the cause and seen the positive effects if it, I had to do more," Douglas said. "Every year I host a bowling event titled Bowling for Babies. We raise money to prevent infant mortality and birth effects. Looking at so many kids who have lived great lives with the March of Dimes' help, they stole my heart instantly.”

Coast Guard member surprises grandmother

Coast Guard member surprises grandmother

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lawrenceville resident Shawn Fendley just completed Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, N.J.

He made a promise to his 83-year-old grandmother -- that he would come to see her before he had to leave for his first station.

Shawn's brother Tim shot some video of him visiting Edna Beljavskis, who is bedridden. It's a very tender moment between grandmother and grandson as she admires his "beautiful" uniform and tells him how grown up he looks.

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