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Sheriff's office gives $5K to Special Olympics

Sheriff's office gives $5K to Special Olympics

ROME, Ga. -- The Floyd County Sheriff's Office recently raised $5,000 for the local Special Olympics program.

This year's Cops for Kids softball tournament will pull in funds for Special Olympics as well as Camp Goodtimes, a three-week summer day camp for kids with special needs. The tournament will be held Saturday at Alto Park.

"We do this for the kids," Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter said in a statement. "It's a great feeling knowing we are able to help them with the Special Olympics and Camp Goodtimes."

This year's Special Olympics will kick off Friday at Darlington School in Rome. The $5,000 came from fundraisers throughout the year; the same events also raised $1,000 for Camp Goodtimes.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Rome to hold Ga. Honors Iraq Veterans Parade

Rome to hold Ga. Honors Iraq Veterans Parade

ROME, Ga. -- A parade honoring local veterans of the Iraq War will be hosted this Saturday, June 16 in Rome.

The Georgia Honors Iraq Veterans Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Glen Milner Boulevard and will travel down Broad Street in downtown Rome.

Everyone is invited to come out and watch the parade, which will feature veterans and military service organizations.

After the parade, the veterans in attendance and their families will be invited to a short program where they will be honored by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Congressmen Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves.

The Georgia Honors Iraq Veterans Parade is sponsored in part by the Atlanta Better Business Bureau.