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Community support floods Loving Arms after robbery

Community support floods Loving Arms after robbery

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- For Loving Arms Cancer Outreach Center, the robbery was a devastating blow, but the community has been quick to respond.

It started a few days ago when Home Depot replaced the Loving Arms safe with one that was double the size and doubly secure. Now it's gone a lot further -- with a $5,000 check and $500 more from private donors.

Then, a necklace from another donor to replace the one that was stolen. It will auctioned off to raise money for the Center.

The Cumberland Diamond Exchange has stepped up with diamond and ruby earrings, while the Cobb County Realtors have planned a golf tournament.

And today, all dressed in lavender to pay tribute to cancer patients, Loving Arms hosted its quarterly bake sale. They raised more than $2,000, but this time the event took on a special meaning.

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.

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Walker School students to participate in day of giving

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On Dec. 18, some 280 students at The Walker School -- in grades 1 through 5 -- will participate in a “Day of Giving” in support of five local nonprofit organizations (Powers Ferry Elementary School, Books for Africa, The Hope Center, Meals on Wheels, and the AFLAC Cancer Center at CHOA).

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Cobb independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active student-led in community service projects.     

Representatives from the organizations will gather with the Lower School community at 12:45 p.m. to receive the donations and share the impact that students' work has on their organization and people in need.      

The projects serve other young people, new moms, and others in need:

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:

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

Walker School students begin school year with day of service

Walker School students begin school year with day of service

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Students from The Walker School in Cobb County kicked off their school year with a service project at Kennesaw Mountain.

About 80 sophomores spent the morning of August 15 doing trail cleanup and other service projects around the park.

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Pre-K(3) - grade 12 independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active in community service projects.