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LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

(WXIA) -- Five Atlanta-area LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will hold a Pennies with Purpose fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., LongHorn diners can add a voucher to their bills. The voucher ensures 10 percent of their checks will go to the charity.

Download the voucher at the Pennies with Purpose Facebook page or request one at any of the participating restaurants:

Acworth
3366 Cobb Parkway NW

Austell
1355 East-West Connector

Douglasville
8471 Hospital Drive

Hiram
4800 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway

West Cobb
2636 Dallas Highway SW

Covering the Bases begins Friday

Covering the Bases begins Friday

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Police Department's Covering the Bases fundraiser will begin this Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

Covering the Bases is a 24-hour effort to raise money for local programs allowing disabled children to participate in sports. Past fundraisers have netted more than $130,000 for the cause.

The event features a baseball tournament, with Atlanta Braves legend Tom Glavine throwing out the first pitch. Other scheduled festivities include a midnight kickball tournament, a silent auction, a screening of The Lego Movie and a cornhole tournament with a Big Green Egg as the top prize.

Visit coveringthebases.org for more information.

All events will take place at the Acworth Sports Complex, which is located at 4000 South Main Street.

Surprise for soldier's wife, 5 kids

Surprise for soldier's wife, 5 kids

(WXIA) -- The Schwan's truck parked in front of the Kalafut house is a sign, but mom Mary is too busy to notice.

"She's just always been the go to person. Anytime you need something done and you can't get anybody else to do it, it's well Mary will do it," said Jane Swanson, a friend of Mary's.

Swanson has asked Atlanta Alive to do for Mary now -- managing five children on her own after her husband of 26 years, Chris, was deployed for the first time since their eldest was born 22 years ago.

Mary Kalafut thinks Jane is dropping by; what she doesn't know is that Jane has us with her. Mary is understandably shocked to see us -- and the shock grows.

She is given much-needed money to spend on her family -- $500 for Kroger, $500 for Schwan's and $50 for each child to spend at Walmart.

"This is amazing. Thank you so much," Mary said. "I feel very blessed from our community."

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."

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.

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.