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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."


See more fun Atlanta Alive moments here.

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.”

Charities can tour LEGOLAND for free

Charities can tour LEGOLAND for free

ATLANTA -- LEGOLAND Discovery Center is opening its doors to local charities and nonprofit organizations for a new initiative called Superhero Sundays. Each Sunday, beginning October 5 and running through December 14, the attraction will treat a local nonprofit to a fun-filled outing fit for any family.

Charities will spend the day enjoying LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s famed attractions including MINILAND, limited-time Ninjago Laser Maze, the 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice ride, model building classes and more! The free tickets are made possible by the attraction’s charity arm, Merlin’s Magic Wand. Merlin’s Magic Wand is a charitable organization set up by Merlin Entertainments to deliver magical experiences to ill, disabled and disadvantaged children across the world through visits to Merlin attractions like LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta.

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.