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Woman racks up awards for outstanding service

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205 ext. 1308 or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

It's been a good year for Edith Harvey. The 92-year-old resident of Lawrenceville has received recognition from several separate organizations, all citing her outstanding contributions to the community.

Miss Edith, as she is lovingly called, was one of 10 women honored as part of the metro Atlanta chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's 2006 Unsung Heroines awards. The Bank of America's national Neighborhood Excellence Initiative honored her as one of five Local Heroes. She was one of 11 honorees to receive the 2006 WXIA 11Alive Community Service Awards.

To round out her year of servitude, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging announced Miss Edith as Georgia's only MetLife Foundation 2006 Older Americans Enrich America Award winner.

Miss Edith is no stranger to community service. She's spent nearly 18,000 hours as a volunteer since starting at the Gwinnett County Senior Services in 1978, and she's dished out more than a million meals for the Meals on Wheels program.

No matter what the task, said Linda Bailey, senior service manager, Miss Edith is more than willing to lend a humble hand, always with a smile on her face.

"Edith is a legend as a volunteer, but she will never draw attention to herself," Bailey said in a press release. "Miss Edith's humility underscores the value of her volunteer service, because she is quick to point out, if she has helped feed more than a million people as a volunteer, God had to provide the good food for them in the first place."

Despite having racked up several service awards this year, with more on the way, Miss Edith remains level-headed and grounded. For her, it's natural to give back, and the celebrity status she has garnered in recent months is, admittedly, a bit foreign.

"My family and friends, they said now I'm a celebrity, but I don't know about all that," said Miss Edith, who turn 93 on Jan. 17. "When I go to those ceremonies to get my awards, they say for me to just smile and do my hair and look pretty. I'm fine with all that, as long as I get to be myself. I don't want to get that big head."

Mill Creek fundraiser to benefit sport teams

Mill Creek High School's soccer and track teams will host the second annual Taste of Mill Creek fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Highway in Hoschton. The event will include more than 60 craft vendors, an obstacle course, silent auction and cake walk. A restaurant sampling will begin at 11 a.m. with food from local restaurants.

For more information or tickets, e-mail mchsgoalclub@hotmail.com.

Sponsor foster children through Angel Tree

KidsPeace Mission will host its community Angel Tree project through Dec. 10. Individuals and organizations can sponsor a child in therapeutic foster care by picking up an angel ornament at area locations and returning an unwrapped gift back to that location. The national nonprofit group KidsPeace, which has an office in Georgia, offers therapeutic foster care and other services to meet critical behavioral and mental health needs of children and teens.

Angel Trees are located at: Buffalo's at 3450 Hamilton Mill Road, Dacula; Buffalo's at 3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch; Cactus Jack's at Mall of Georgia in Buford; Dos Copas at 2463 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula; Jersey Mike's Subs, 1845 Grayson Highway, Grayson; Joe's American Grill, 1911 Grayson Highway, Grayson; Lawrence Chiropractic, 382 Harbins Road, Dacula; Stevi B's Pizza, 1950 Buford Drive, Buford.

To sponsor a child, make a donation or for additional information, call Kids

Peace at 770-338-0800.

Jingle Jog fundraiser scheduled for Dec. 10

The Salvation Army will hold its annual Jingle Jog, a fundraiser for the group's Angel Tree program, at 8 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Costco located at 6350 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. The Angel Tree program provides Christmas presents for more than 25,000 children and senior citizens in the Atlanta area. The fee is $23 for those ages 10 and older and $18 for those under 10. Participants are asked to bring new, unwrapped toy donations. For more information, visit www.jinglejog.com.

Falcons dinner will benefit children's center

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and his staff will host a charity dinner to support the Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday at Copeland's in Buckhead. The benefit will include a live auction, buffet dinner and a raffle. Tickets cost $50 at the door, and corporate sponsor tables are also available. E-mail Shae Smith at shae@epiphany-pr.com.

Camp Twin Lakes ride raises $32,000

Camp Twin Lakes, which provides programs for sick children, raised $90,000 in its inaugural bike ride, Spin for Kids, on Nov. 12. Nine of Camp Twin Lakes' partner camp groups participated in the ride, raising a total of $32,018, which will help offset each group's fee to Camp Twin Lakes. Camp Horizon, a camp for children who have been abused and neglected, was the top fundraising team, raising $12,120. Camp High Five, a camp for for children who are affected with HIV, raised $7,155.