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Fayette County Bar Association collects toys for foster children

Fayette County Bar Association collects toys for foster children

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Bar Association is doing its part to spread holiday cheer to the county's foster children.

The group recently collected 65 toys for Bloom Our Youth, a non-profit that cares for local abandoned, abused and neglected children.

Fayette County attorneys plan to distribute the donated toys to foster children and families in need.

Bloom Our Youth runs the Friday-Johnson House, a residential children's home in Brooks, and a clothing resource center called the Bloom Closet. Learn more at bloomouryouth.org.

Piedmont's medical community supports Toys for Tots

Piedmont's medical community supports Toys for Tots

NEWNAN, Ga. -- This holiday season, Piedmont Newnan Hospital is teaming up with Piedmont Fayette Hospital and physician practices in Coweta and Fayette counties to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Piedmont “elves” have been busy delivering collection boxes throughout the two counties. So far, more than 100 boxes have been distributed to 70 locations where toys will be collected through December 16.  Toys for Tots is collaborating with local organizations in Coweta and Fayette to ensure these toys are distributed to local families in need.

“We’re excited to see our caregivers in Coweta and Fayette counties embrace the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We’re especially grateful that all of the donations made at our hospitals and physicians offices will help provide a better Christmas for children right here in our own communities,” said Julie Hanson, manager of physician outreach at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.   

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Bloom, Fayette County's charity for abused children, will host a fundraiser at 14 local elementary schools next month.

The 24th annual Power Parade will be held Nov. 3-7. Students at participating schools will take part in a walk-a-thon during their PE classes. They are encouraged to solicit pledges from family, friends and neighbors.

"Bloom's annual walk-a-thon allows students the opportunity to help other children their own age who are living in desperate circumstances," said Deborah Friday, a PE teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Fayetteville. "It's so important to get students involved in supporting our community's charities, especially at a young age."

Participants will also be treated to surprise visits from Powerman, the initiative's mascot. Powerman, a red-masked superhero, will teach children about the importance of helping those in need.

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  – Based on popular demand, Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Walk With a Doc program, which began in the spring, returns to Drake Field and will continue monthly through November. All members of the community are invited to join us to walk and talk with a Piedmont doctor.

The next walk, led by physicians and midwives from Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Drake Field at City Hall, 155 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City.

“Walk with a Doc has been a very successful program,” said Debbie Britt, executive director, community and public relations at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We’ve had very positive feedback from participants who have enjoyed talking to the doctors about general health topics while taking an early morning stroll.”

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."

Bloom Our Youth to receive grant from Panera Bread

Bloom Our Youth to receive grant from Panera Bread

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Panera Bread has announced a partnership between three of its restaurants and Bloom Our Youth, a service that supports foster children.

Throughout 2014, Panera customers have the option of making cash donations to the organization. Collection sites, known as Community Bread Boxes, will be installed in participating restaurants.

The Panera in Fayetteville has also committed to preparing 24 meals a year for residents at the Friday-Johnson Home, a children's home in southern Fayette County.

"The overwhelming generosity that Panera Bread has shown us through this venture is simply astounding," Bloom executive director Becky Davenport said in a release.

Participating Panera locations include 104 Ellis Road in Fayetteville; 379 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan; and 1263 North Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City.

The initiative is part of Panera's Operation Dough-Nation program, the company's charitable outreach venture.

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.