Local moms group plans fundraiser

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

You can get a bit of Christmas shopping done next weekend and help out a good cause at the same time.

The MOMS Club of Sugar Hill-Buford-Lanier will hold a fundraiser for Challenged Child, a nonprofit Gainesville-based group that provides early intervention services to families with infants and preschoolers with developmental delays and disabilities. The group will host a charity shopping night from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 at Toys R Us across from the Mall of Georgia in Buford. While shopping, attendees can buy raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.

Safeco Insurance employees beautify Little Mulberry Park

Employees of the Atlanta branch of Safeco Insurance worked hard recently to beautify a local park. They helped plant 100 native azalea shrubs and 25 native dogwood trees around a new trail entrance at Little Mulberry Park in Auburn.

The project was made possible by Safeco's "Have a Seat, Neighbor" $10,000 park improvement grant, which is meant to beautify neighborhood parks where children play and families gather. Workers also built a rustic arbor at the trail entrance and park trail information holders and installed a new bench.

"I am really impressed by the Safeco employees who took time out of their weekend to come out and help with the plantings," said Gwinnett Parks Foundation president Tammie Zeigler. "This is great for the community, and I hope all will come out and enjoy the beauty at Little Mulberry Park, and take the time to sit on the neat bench that Safeco donated."

Pugfest raises $14,000 for animal charity

This year's Pugfest, held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, raised more than $14,000 for Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption Inc. In addition to admission, the money was raised through sales of a Pugfest T-shirt and SEPRA merchandise, donations for pet pictures with Santa, raffles, a bake sale and a silent auction. But the group, which helps rescue, foster and adopt pugs and pug mixes, still needs donations. For more information, visit www.rescuepug.com.

Home groups asking for baby item donations

HomeAid Atlanta and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association will collect essential baby items this week in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Between Monday and Friday, the groups will collect diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, Ivory laundry powder, laundry stain remover and bottle brushes.

All items will be distributed to three metro Atlanta shelters that care for homeless babies and toddlers - My House, Genesis Shelter and Tapestry Youth Ministries. Items can be dropped off at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association's Housing Center at 1484 Brockett Road in Tucker. Call 678-775-1401 or e-mail homeaid@

atlantahomebuilders.com for more information.

North Gwinnett Schools Foundation announces grants

The North Gwinnett Schools Foundation recently announced that it has donated more than $100,000 to cluster schools to enrich and enhance educational opportunities. The foundation is a nonprofit endowment fund dedicated to supporting academic enrichment. The most recent grants, distributed in fall 2005, went toward 16 projects in the North Gwinnett cluster.

Co-op looking for holiday volunteers

The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry is looking for sponsors to provide Christmas meals and gifts for low income families in the following ZIP code areas: 30039, 30078, 30017 and 30052. Anyone can volunteer, including individuals, families, Sunday school classes, businesses and organizations. Call the co-op at 770-985-5229 for more