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Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

(WXIA) -- 'Tis the season to give, and Chili's Grill & Bar is allowing customers to do just that.

On Monday, Dec. 9, Chili's diners can make a donation to Marine Toys for Tots by eating at one of the restaurant chain's many locations.

Simply mention the Toys for Tots fundraiser to a Chili's server for 10 percent of the check to be given to the organization.

Learn more and find your nearest Chili's at chilis.com.

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

(WXIA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Chili's is giving customers an easy way to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Chili's diners have the option of donating 10 percent of their checks to the charity, which supports injured military personnel and veterans.

Simply download the flyer from the Chili's website and present it to a server to make a donation.

Vets and military members who eat at Chili's on Veterans Day -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- will be treated to free entrées.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Peachtree City named best metro Atlanta town for families

Peachtree City named best metro Atlanta town for families

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A new study names Peachtree City the best Atlanta-area town and second-best Georgia city for young families.

NerdWallet compiled the top 10 list of places to raise families in Georgia. The survey analyzed such factors as good public schools, the cost of living and the town's prosperity. It cited Peachtree City's educational system and golf cart paths as the main reasons for its ranking.

Evans, a suburb of Augusta, topped this year's list, which features six metro Atlanta towns.

1. Evans
2. Peachtree City
3. Sugar Hill
4. Perry
5. St. Simons
6. Suwanee
7. Alpharetta
8. Martinez
9. Buford
10. Fayetteville

Learn more at nerdwallet.com.

Random Act of Kindness: Jim Ernst

Random Act of Kindness: Jim Ernst

BUFORD, Ga. -- Today we're celebrating a deserving father who is overdue for a Random Act of Kindness. 

For months, Jim Ernst has been saving money for a mountain bike. Lately, due to unexpected medical bills and car repairs, he's been unable to put money towards one. Jim is an amazing father who not only works overtime, but also takes cares of the kids and the home. 

Right now, Jim is borrowing bikes from friends just so he can ride 1-2 times per week. Just recently, he was able to afford a bike rack for his car, so now all he's missing is the bike itself. 

Thanks to a tip from his wife Rachel, and a generous donation from Peachtree Bikes, 11Alive was able to give Jim a big gift. 

Random Acts of Kindness: Camille Vidal

Random Acts of Kindness: Camille Vidal

BUFORD, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for a special woman who is struggling to get back on her feet. 

Camille Vidal's apartment recently burned down and she lost everything. Since then, her co-workers at Glenn C. Jones Middle School have pulled together to support Camille and her new place. 

They were able to pay her first month's rent and security deposit, but Camille is still trying to afford furniture and basic essentials. 

Thanks to a tip from a friend, 11Alive was able to step in and offer a little help.