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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.

Yes, Santa, there IS a free lunch, in Douglasville

Yes, Santa, there IS a free lunch, in Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- They say there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Well, that certainly wasn't the case at Douglas County's Bankhead Diner this Christmas Eve.

In fact, owner Jennifer Guy gave away hundreds of them, no questions asked.

After 15 years in business, she began her Christmas Eve lunch giveaway four years ago as a way to say thanks to her regular customers and to help those in need.

"Me and my son decided we'd do something for the county; we've been here and they've been with us, so we wanted to give something back," she told 11Alive News on Tuesday.

Hundreds showed up, some drove, some walked, some got free rides for a holiday lunch of turkey, ham and all the Christmas trimmings, for a visit with Santa and, if needed, for some free clothing and toys.

A small army of volunteers said it's often the best part of their Christmas.

Family Day to feature marketplace, movie

Family Day to feature marketplace, movie

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- This year's Douglasville Family Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in downtown Douglasville.

The fun will include a community marketplace, a petting zoo, a food court, games, pet adoptions from the Douglas County Animal Shelter and $20 flu shots, courtesy of Cobb and Douglas Public Health.

The festival opens at 11:45 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a free screening of The Croods.

Learn more about the event at celebratedouglascounty.com. Admission and parking are free.

County holding food drive

County holding food drive

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Many students in Douglas County rely on free or reduced-price lunches at school, but what happens on the weekends?

Several local organizations work hard to feed hungry kids on weekends; every Friday, they presented the children with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items.

Douglas County is holding a canned food drive to help keep those backpacks full. Residents can drop off their non-perishable foods at the county courthouse and at certain libraries.

The food drive will go on as needed. The county is also accepting donations of toiletries and school supplies.

Participating libraries include:

Motorcycle community kicks off breast cancer fundraising

Motorcycle community kicks off breast cancer fundraising

TLANTA Bikers Battling Breast Cancer, Inc. (BBBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raise funding for and awareness of breast cancer in the motorcycle community, has released its schedule of 2013 fundraising events. Now in its eighth year of operation, Bikers Battling Breast Cancer has set a goal to exceed 2012’s $93,000 fundraising benchmark.

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.