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Donations help Lawrenceville co-op pay off loan in full

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.

I've been writing about the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry since I started working at the Post, so I was thrilled to hear the group's holiday news.

The co-op received enough donations as of Dec. 28 to pay - in full - the mortgage for its new building. In 2004, the co-op learned it would lose its rent-free space on Ga. Highway 120. Within one year of purchasing a former church building in downtown Lawrenceville, the co-op received exactly the amount needed to reach its goal of paying off the mortgage on the new building.

Lifting the burden of debt will allow the co-op to devote more resources to helping clients get food, clothing and bill-paying assistance, says executive director Linda Freund. The group will host worship services for its clients at 7 p.m. Tuesdays during January.

Loco's contest

will benefit

disease research

Loco's Deli and Pub in Lawrenceville will host a Moose Mayhem flair bartending competition at 9 p.m. Jan. 16. The event will feature some of the country's top bottle-flipping, shaker-spinning and glass-tossing bartenders as they show off their own specialty cocktails.

Partial proceeds from the $5 cover charge will support muscular dystrophy research. Loco's is located at 665 Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville. The event is open to those 21 years or older. For more information, call 770-682-8714.

Home-builders deliver $75K to children's charities

HomeLife Communities Group, Atlanta's second-largest building of single-family homes, recently donated $75,000 to three local children's charities. The company donated $25,000 each to Camp Twin Lakes, the Children's Program of Hospice Atlanta and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all of which help children with serious illness. In addition, HomeLife donated more than 100 new toys to be distributed in the hospice program on Christmas morning.

Camp Twin Lakes, situated on 300 acres in Rutledge, is the state's only nonprofit group with a camping facility designed for children with serious illnesses and other special needs. Since opening in 1993, Camp Twin Lakes has hosted more than 30,000 children. Hospice Atlanta is the city's oldest hospice organization and provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Gulf Coast animal shelters get boost

For those of you following hurricane relief news - The Humane Society of the United States recently offered more than $4 million in grants to help rebuild Gulf Coast animal shelters and other welfare groups directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. Many animals from shelters in that area ended up in Gwinnett County and other surrounding areas.

The grants will provide for ongoing operations and building restoration, and the grants are in addition to millions of dollars in financial and other resources the society has provided for rescue, relief, sheltering operations and reunion efforts since the hurricane struck.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, and acts as a mainstream voice for animals.