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Random Acts of Kindness: Katie Parsons

Random Acts of Kindness: Katie Parsons

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Today's random act of kindness is for Katie Parsons. 

Katie, a sixth-grader at Simpson Middle School, started Katie's Tape Kreations to help raise money for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Katie was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease when she was just three years old. Now 11, she manages the disease with medicine.

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When Katie discovered "duck" tape last summer, she began making all kinds of creations. Her creations range from frames and earrings to wallets and even dresses. 

McDonald's, Six Flags support Ronald McDonald House

McDonald's, Six Flags support Ronald McDonald House

AUSTELL, Ga. -- McDonald’s and Six Flags Over Georgia have teamed up this summer to benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Discount coupons are available while supplies last at participating McDonald’s restaurants in the greater Atlanta area that offer up to $20 off of admission to Six Flags Over Georgia through Oct. 27 and $10 off admission to Six Flags White Water through Sept. 2.

The coupons can be redeemed online at www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia or at any ticket window. A portion of the ticket sales go directly to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to benefit families of sick and injured children.

Random Acts of Kindness: Stephanie Santoro

Random Acts of Kindness: Stephanie Santoro

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for Stephanie Santoro.

As head of the math department at Walton High School, it seems like Stephanie is always busy working, even throughout the summer.

Between interviewing and writing curriculum, it seems the days get more stressful for her as the new school year approaches.

Thanks to a tip from her co-worker, 11Alive surprised Stephanie with something special to thank her for everything she does for her school and community.

Marietta teen wins Kohl's Cares Scholarship

Marietta teen wins Kohl's Cares Scholarship

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Georgia teenager is one of only 10 students nationwide to win a $1,000 college scholarship from the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.

Garland Jones founded "Back-N-Pack (Bringing A Child Key Necessities)," a service project that feeds families in the community. Back-N-Pack has raised more than $4,500 and collected 16,000 pounds of food since it began in 2012. It also provides food to more than 2,000 refugee children in Pre-K through fifth grade.

Garland, 17, is heavily involved in all aspects of his organization, from assembling and delivering food bags to starting food drives. He also works nonstop to recruit volunteers for the cause.

Because he won the Kohl's Cares Scholarship, Garland will also receive $1,000 for his favorite charity -- Crowned for Victory, Inc., which provides services for struggling families in the Atlanta area and emphasizes the importance of making positive choices.

Residents invited to celebrate 10 years with East Cobb Park

Residents invited to celebrate 10 years with East Cobb Park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- East Cobb Park will soon reach its tenth anniversary, when all local park goers are invited to help celebrate. 

The green space is located in the heart of East Cobb, at 3322 Roswell Road in Marietta. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

The Friends of East Cobb Park will honor the park's founders and the Cobb Civitan Club with food, refreshments, inflatable toys, guest speakers and a DJ playing live music. 

All ages are welcome. 

Meet this year's Kids Who Care

Meet this year's Kids Who Care

ATLANTA -- 11Alive has named its six 2013 Kids Who Care winners.

The outstanding Atlanta-area teens were recently honored with $1,100 scholarships and certificates of excellence. A TV special dedicated to their many accomplishments will air on 11Alive Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Kids Who Care:

Tiffani Alexander, Covington
Tiffani is homeschooled and works with abused children in Rockdale County, helping them find ways to channel their feelings into something positive.