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Gwinnett dentist to host free dental day

Gwinnett dentist to host free dental day

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County dental practice will offer free services to the community this weekend.

Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville will hold its 8th annual Community of Smiles event on Saturday, Sept. 6, beginning at 6 a.m. The first 225 people in line will have their choice of one free cleaning, filling or extraction.

Community of Smiles has helped more than 1,100 people and given away nearly $270,000 worth of services so far, according to Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry financial coordinator Rachel Smallwood.

Patients must be at least 14 years old and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit dentalheart.com for more information.

The dental office is located at 1030 Duluth Highway.

Bakery employs adults with special 'kneads'

Bakery employs adults with special 'kneads'

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A bakery in downtown Lawrenceville has gained a cult following in the six months it's been open.

"The cupcakes are just fantastic. They're divine," one customer said.

But the little bakery is also getting noticed for what it's doing that is unlike any other similar business -- and a hint can be found in the name. Most of the employees at Special Kneads & Treats have special needs.

Owners Tempa and Mike Kohler opened the bakery for their son Bradley, who had aged out of the system and couldn't find anyone else to give him a chance to work.

Special Kneads is a non-profit. Tempa and Mike said their employees are not charity cases, but are a critical part of why the bakery is in the black only half a year after opening.

Adorabable 3-year-old celebrates chemo

Adorabable 3-year-old celebrates chemo

​ATLANTA -- Just days before her third birthday, Peyton Greene of Snellville was diagnosed with A.L.L., Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Five months into her treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Peyton just completed her third round of chemotherapy. Her mother Shannon calls the cancer her little girl is battling, "a dirty, ugly monster." Standing in contrast to the disease, is her precious daughter who she calls her "ray of sunshine."

Last week, when Peyton was hospitalized for her chemotherapy, the nurses gave her a tiara, a boa and a party blower. The video shows that Peyton is all girl and ready to celebrate, even in the middle of battling leukemia.

Peyton's parents say they are very positive about her recovery.

Gwinnett County lifeguards win state competition third year in a row

For the third year in a row, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) took first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition held on July 21 in Greene County. Six lifeguards from various GCPR aquatic centers earned spots on the team after proving their lifeguard skills and abilities during the tryouts. Virginia Brinkley, Christina Wang, Alex Wang, Brad Miller, Stephen Brinkley and Victor Barr studied lifeguard materials, swam and conditioned throughout the summer to prepare for the competition. There were 13 teams from across the state competing for the title.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

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