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Salvation Army donations dramatically down

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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As of Dec.

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FREE Family Cinemas

FREE Family Cinemas

It’s a Holiday Triple Feature at the Hampton Park Library on Friday, December 23rd. This is a FREE Family Cinema Event.  It’s not a traditional movie theatre, but rather a Library event room & projector is used.  Chairs are lined & in the past complimentary refreshments have been provided (although I can’t vouch that they’ll definitely have those for this screening).  But most importantly – it’s a FREE event.  And if you haven’t been to the Hampton Park Library yet … it’s gorgeous!  Really


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Season of Giving: Ways to volunteer this holiday season

ATLANTA -- Throughout the month of December, we've had viewers reaching out to ask how they can donate or volunteer this holiday season.

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So we asked for your input: what are your favorite volunteer opportunities? What are some charities doing good work for others? We've compiled a list with plenty of options to keep you busy through the new year and beyond:

Atlanta Day Shelter
What: stuffing gift bags for homeless women
When: Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23
Contact: 404-351-5532 (Judy Barge) or www.atlantadayshelter.org.

CUMMING | Man sentenced in 4 Forsyth County, Ga. killings

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A man charged in the killings of killing four people and injuring several others at a farmhouse in south Forsyth County has pleaded guilty.

The Times newspaper of Gainesville reports that Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson sentenced 31-year-old Jason Samuel McGhee to serve four consecutive life sentences plus 100 years without the possibility of parole.

Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn said that had McGhee's case gone to trial she thinks evidence would have shown he was the one who stabbed and shot the victims on March 19, 2006. The guilty pleas mean McGhee avoids a possible death penalty.

McGhee has agreed to testify against Frank Ortegon and Marcin Sosniak, who also have been charged in the attack.

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CUMMING | Man charged with cutting ankle monitor

ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors have charged a man with cutting his ankle monitor and fleeing Georgia to avoid sex charges.

A federal affidavit filed this month says 40-year-old Marcus Tillman fled Forsyth County in February 2009 while he was on trial on charges that he molested his two young sons.

Tillman was later convicted in absentia and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say he opened a bank account in Atlanta and used money from it at a bus terminal in California in October 2009.

BUCKHEAD | Ga. 400 tolls paid by Hawks Tuesday

BUCKHEAD | Ga. 400 tolls paid by Hawks Tuesday

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks spread holiday cheer to Ga. 400 commuters on Tuesday.

The team paid all drivers' tolls, both northbound and southbound, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

In addition, Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins, mascot Harry the Hawk and the Hawks cheerleaders were on-hand to give away team swag, include $50 holiday cards that can be used to purchase tickets to home games.

"The entire Hawks organization wants to say 'thank you' to the city and our fans for their support by paying their toll, giving them some Hawks goodies and setting the tone for a great day," Philips Arena president Bob Williams said in a statement.

Toys for Tots short on toys

Toys for Tots short on toys

SUWANEE, Ga. -- At Thanksgiving, 11Alive News reported that Toys was short on donations this year. Now less than a week before Christmas, it looks like some boys and girls will just have to go without. 

"We basically have no new influx of toys coming in right now," said Theresa Wilhite, assistant coordinator for Atlanta Toys for Tots.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Charity has been giving toys to needy children since 1947. Atlanta Toys for Tots gives toys to agencies in 17 Metro Atlanta counties. 

Many of the bins at their Suwanee warehouse, which are usually filled with toys from drop-off locations around the region, are empty or near empty.

"The difference this year is the demand for toys is much greater," Wilhite said.

She said more than 1,000 agencies have requested toys this year. Last year 800 agencies were given toys.