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November 14, 2015

“The holiday season is a great time for people to give back to the community and to help someone in need.”

Turkey giveaways to help families make Thanksgiving meal Hundreds of turkeys will be available free of cost on Nov. 21 at the Gallery at South DeKalb, compliments of the DeKalb Women in NAACP and District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson at the Gallery at South DeKalb.

Families who need a little help with their Thanksgiving meal can get a free turkey on Nov. 21 at the annual Turkey Giveaway sponsored by the DeKalb Women in NAACP and District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson. The event, which is in its third year, takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot near Metro PCS at the Gallery at South DeKalb in Decatur. The free turkeys will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one per household. People in line will be given a number to pick up a turkey. Last year, 467 turkeys were given away. To support the turkey giveaway, make a donation at The mall is at 2801 Candler Road. For more information, call 404-371-2425 or 404-241-8006 or contact Johnson’s office at 404-371-2988.

Police to give Thanksgiving baskets The first 250 low-income families attending the DeKalb Police Meet & Greet, Food Drive and Giveaway on Nov. 21 at the Gallery at South DeKalb will receive a Thanksgiving basket. The 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. event, presented by Project3Sixty’s Hunger Relief program, will

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help feed the community and bridge the gap between the community and police. It takes place in the parking lot near Macy’s. Uniformed officers will pass out food packages to homeless or low-income individuals or families who meet the criteria. The giveaway is designed to promote

positive interaction between residents and the police. To support Project3Sixty’s Hunger Relief program, visit or call 678-201-2494. A hundred percent of donations go to support the homeless. The mall is at 2801 Candler Road in Decatur.

Alumni Give Back seeks donations Donations of gently used clothing, toiletries, goods and services as well as monetary contributions to purchase food are needed for the SWD Class of 1993 Alumni’s annual Holiday Give Back Initiative that feeds the hungry and homeless. This is the second year that the class is giving back to the community in this way. The community service project grew out of the group’s 20th reunion in 2013 that also launched a scholarship program for Southwest DeKalb High seniors. Orhanizers of the Class of 1993 Alumni’s annual Holiday Give Back Initiative are accepting donations from the SWD and the general community through Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. The Holiday Give Back Initiative takes place on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. across from 196 Peachtree St. S.W. in downtown Atlanta. In 2014, the group distributed 200 brown bag meals. The goal this season is to feed 250 to 300 people. Meals include barbecue hot dogs, chips, fresh fruit, dessert and a beverage. Clothing donations also will be distributed to those in need. To contribute or for more information, contact Jen Price at or 404-754-7677.

Tree of Love donors needed to ‘Adopt a Child’ for the holidays The 17th annual Tree of Love kicks off on Nov. 21 at the Gallery at South DeKalb and DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson is seeking donors to give holiday gifts to disadvantaged children. The two-hour program begins at noon in Center Court at the mall at Candler Road and I-20 in Decatur. The Tree of Love benefits children living in foster care, singleparent, and low-income household. Individuals and families can pick the names of children and their wish list for the holidays from a Christmas tree and return on Dec. 19 with a gift-wrapped packages. The program has always been supported by residents, community leaders, business owners, churches and other organizations and Johnson, who represents District 3, says he is hoping for a large turnout again. The children’s names are now available and residents who want to get a jump start on shopping can get names immediately by calling Johnson’s office at 404-371-2988. Since it started in 1999, more than 9,000 children from the Department of Family and Children Services and the community have been “adopted” for the holidays. Johnson said that helping each other is what Christmas is all about. “The holiday season is a great time for people to give back to the community and to help someone in need,” he said. Residents who cannot make it the mall on Nov. 21, can also Adopt a Child from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Walmart at 3580 Memorial Drive in Decatur. Individuals and groups interested in performing at the Dec. 19 Jennifer Ffrench Parker / CrossRoadsNews Christmas wrap-up program should email ystevenson@dekalbcounty- Residents picked names of children in foster care and from single-familiy homes at the 2014 Tree of Love kickoff. The or call 404-371-2988 or visit 2015 event kicks off Nov. 21 at the Gallery at South DeKalb. Gifts are due back on Dec. 19.

Santa Dan (from left), Santa Hugh and Santa Louis will greet kids and families at Stonecrest, North DeKalb and South DeKalb malls through Dec. 24.

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Santas are arriving at area malls Nov. 14 to Nov. 21 to take up residence through Christmas Eve. Santa Dan arrives at the Mall at Stonecrest at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14. He will be in his workshop on the mall’s lower level near Sears. On Nov. 21, Santa Hugh arrives at North DeKalb Mall at 10 a.m. He will greet families in the Clock Court through Dec. 24. Santa Louis will parade into the Gal-

lery at South DeKalb at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. The parade begins at 6 p.m. with the Cedar Grove High Band, Essence Dance Troupe, KIDDS Dance Project, and kids from Carter’s Daycare. The Chocolettes will perform immediately after the parade. For more information, visit, and or call 404-320-7960.

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