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Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

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Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags

Home Depot GivesThousands to Author's Youth Center

Home Depot GivesThousands to Author's Youth Center

Several Gainesville, Georiga residents and businesses, including The Home Depot, are chipping in to support Christian author Jackie Gaskins’s nonprofit mission to open a community youth center called The Remnant. They are preparing for a weekend of work and will have teams of people lending their time and goods to finish renovating the old general store building on Keith Bridge Road

The Home Depot Store is donating almost $6,000 worth of materials and two days of labor over Memorial Day weekend to get Gaskins’s nonprofit building ready for public use. Flooring, sheet rock, fresh paint, and landscaping will be provided and installed by the home improvement supply chain. They will also donate a lawn mower, weed eater, grill, and other items to keep the building well maintained.