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Fulton County to sponsor free paper shredding events

Fulton County to sponsor free paper shredding events

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Celebrate Earth Day at two free paper shredding events sponsored by Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, and Fulton County Water Resources.

Fulton County residents are encouraged to take advantage of these free events to have personal papers and documents securely shredded. Residents are urged to make sure that the materials they present for shredding do not include plastic, cardboard, or metal. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. No businesses are permitted to participate.

The free secure shredding events will take place on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations:

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture
75 Hilliard St. NE, Atlanta, 30312

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30331

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Teen wins Delta Community CU scholarship to Morehouse

Teen wins Delta Community CU scholarship to Morehouse

ATLANTA -- A McDonough teen has received a $1,875 scholarship from Delta Community Credit Union.

Adam Turner, 18, will begin his freshman year at Morehouse College this fall. He was given the first of four Delta Community scholarships for students who plan to attend historically black colleges and universities.

Turner claimed his scholarship this week at Delta Community's Vinings branch.

The Delta Community-KISS 104.1 HBCU Scholarship program plans to award a total of $7,500 in college money. The next scholarship recipient will be chosen this summer; a call for entries will be announced on KISS 104.1.

The scholarship program was created in recognition of Delta Community's 75th anniversary.

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

(WXIA) -- All 22 Atlanta-area T.MAC restaurants will raise money for Christopher Sparkman this week.

Sparkman was working as a security guard at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April when he was shot in the abdomen. Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. His wife Jamie Lynn quit her job to help take care of him.

Read more about Chris Sparkman's recovery

The Sparkman family faces enormous medical bills; Jamie Lynn has spoken publicly about the need for financial assistance.

T.MAC customers who want to help Sparkman pay for his treatment can do so on Thursday, Apr. 2. Diners can drop their receipts in designated collection boxes; 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the Sparkman family.

Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community

Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community

ATLANTA -- Most people find it strange how peaceful Kecia Johnson is living with a disease the world frowns upon.

Kecia grew up with a good family, she went to college, and she got a bachelor's degree. Everything you would expect to happen to someone with great family support was happening in Kecia’s life. Until one day Kecia fell sick and was told she had AIDS -- not HIV.

Kecia was 22 years old when she found out. She had mixed emotions, and the negative opinions of others caused Kecia to hide her diagnosis for two years from her family, including her mother Dr. Wendy Johnson. After time Kecia realized that God’s purpose in this was not to make her less of a woman, but to make her more of a woman because she was the shining light to stop the stigma of what society think AIDS should look like or come from.

'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.

Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Department of Aging and Youth will host the “2014 Community Cares” Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature an evening of family fun and distribution of toys. The Metro Family Fun Center is located at 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW.

Community partners supporting the event with entertainment, food, resources and giveaways include Fulton County Aging and Youth Department, Office of Children and Youth, Walmart, Music Education Group, Treasure Chest, Inc., NFL Players Association, local fraternities and sororities and other community sponsors.