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'Share a Moment of Love this Holiday' with a senior

ATLANTA -- Georgia's nursing home leaders are inviting the public to stop by a local senior community during the holidays this year and spend time visiting with residents living in one of the state's many skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities.

The Georgia Health Care Association's annual “Share a Moment of Love this Holiday” campaign, which helps people learn how the gift of time can be a wonderful present, is being celebrated until Sunday, Jan. 3.   

“We’re all so busy during the holiday season that sometimes it is easy to forget just how much it means to spend a moment with a special person,” said Jon Howell, president & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. “Chance are that we all know someone who does not need another 'thing', but the gift that would mean the most to them is a visit, a moment of love.”

“Giving the gift of time, along with a hug and smile, can mean the world to so many people,” Howell added.

Morgan Stanley honors Medal of Honor recipient

Morgan Stanley honors Medal of Honor recipient

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley’s Southeast Region was proud to honor 2014 Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Kyle J. White on Dec. 2 during an evening event at the Atlanta History Center.

White, a former active duty army sergeant, received his honor earlier this year from President Barack Obama for acts of gallantry and intrepidity during the Nov. 9, 2007 Battle of Aranas in Afghanistan. White currently resides with his fiancé outside Charlotte, N.C.

The Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor while in military service, was created in 1861 during the American Civil War under President Abraham Lincoln. Today, there are 79 living Medal of Honor recipients of which Sgt. White is one of the youngest.

Morgan Stanley is proud to sponsor the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation which pays tribute to living recipients.

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

Lenox Square teams up with Fashion Project

Lenox Square teams up with Fashion Project

ATLANTA -- Select Simon malls, including Lenox Square, are teaming up with Fashion Project to offer mall guests the opportunity to donate their gently worn clothing to benefit charitable causes. Fashion Project is the premiere online clothing donation service committed to using fashion as a force for good.

Through Nov. 10, Lenox Square shoppers can pick up a Donation Bag at Simon Mall Guests Services which is located on the mall’s main level in between David Yurman and Coach or request one online at fashionproject.com/simon.

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

ATLANTA -- We all know that humor -- and song lyrics -- help people learn.

The Atlanta Fire Department hopes for a lot of laughs in addition to fire safety preparation with the video its firefighters made for Fire Safety Prevention Month.

The firefighters changed the words to the Doors' "Light My Fire" -- with hilarious results. A spokeswoman for the fire department put it best: "We are well aware that it's a good thing these folks have real jobs."


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Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy

Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy

ATLANTA -- Michael J. Skrynecki, certified financial planner and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, won the 2014 Invest in Others Catalyst Award, one of five categories of awards presented on Sept. 18 at the eighth annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards dinner in New York City. Mr. Skrynecki earned the honor for his work with the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation, which will receive a $20,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.

Hundreds of nominations for the Community Leadership Awards are received each year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. Nominees were evaluated based on their level of involvement in an organization, personal contributions, and the impact of their efforts.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is seeking adults interested in becoming a mentor to make a difference in the life of a child enrolled in 4-H. The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has a long, established history of making a positive impact in the lives of young people,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A lot is expected of our mentors because we believe the mentors receive a lot from helping young people chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world.”