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Auburn named Georgia's safest city

Auburn named Georgia's safest city

(WXIA) -- A small town on the Barrow-Gwinnett border has been named the safest city in Georgia.

Auburn tops SafeWise's latest list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia.

SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile the ranking. It cited Auburn's mere 76 crimes in 2012 -- none of which were murder, arson, rape or robbery -- for its standing.

"What's most impressive to me about a state like Georgia is the collective dedication to both personal and community safety," SafeWise security analyst Carolyn Heneghan said in a release. "Of the 50 cities we recognized, it's not just the small towns, but the bigger cities too, that all take part in keeping themselves, their neighbors and their children safe."

Metro Atlanta fared very well on the list, with 9 of the top 10 located within easy driving distance of the state capital.

Georgia's safest cities include:

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.

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

(WXIA) -- 'Tis the season to give, and Chili's Grill & Bar is allowing customers to do just that.

On Monday, Dec. 9, Chili's diners can make a donation to Marine Toys for Tots by eating at one of the restaurant chain's many locations.

Simply mention the Toys for Tots fundraiser to a Chili's server for 10 percent of the check to be given to the organization.

Learn more and find your nearest Chili's at chilis.com.

'Be a Santa to a Senior' this holiday season

'Be a Santa to a Senior' this holiday season

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Many Christmas and holiday-themed charities focus on children, but Peachtree City is also remembering the elderly in the community.

RELATED | Peachtree City toy drive begins Nov. 21

Volunteers with the Peachtree City Police Department are hosting Be a Santa to a Senior to support members of the Greatest Generation, some of whom experience loneliness during the holiday season.

To donate, visit the police department and remove an ornament from the tree in the lobby. Each ornament features a holiday wish list from a local senior.

Donations can be left in the collection box at the police station. All contributions must be unwrapped; a wrapping party will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville.

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

(WXIA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Chili's is giving customers an easy way to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Chili's diners have the option of donating 10 percent of their checks to the charity, which supports injured military personnel and veterans.

Simply download the flyer from the Chili's website and present it to a server to make a donation.

Vets and military members who eat at Chili's on Veterans Day -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- will be treated to free entrées.

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

Light Up the Night toy drive starts Nov. 21

Light Up the Night toy drive starts Nov. 21

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Police Department's annual toy drive will begin at the city's Walmart on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Every year, the Light Up the Night toy drive collects gifts for needy children in the community. More than 70 kids benefited from last year's event.

New, unwrapped toys for both boys and girls can be dropped off at two locations in Peachtree City. All collections are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Walmart (2717 Highway 54)
* Thursday, Nov. 21
* Friday, Nov. 22
* Saturday, Nov. 23
* Thursday, Dec. 5
* Thursday, Dec. 12

Kmart (400 Crosstown Drive)
* Friday, Nov. 29
* Thursday, Dec. 5

Those who want to participate can also drop off monetary donations at the collection sites or the Peachtree City Police Department.