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Department of Family, Children Services seeking donations

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.

The Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services is collecting Easter baskets for local children and teens. The group will collect baskets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3-5.

They're asking for baskets to be filled with individually wrapped candy and small toys, gifts, new stuffed animals or teen-oriented items and wrapped in cellophane bags or wrap. They're pushing for donations of teen baskets, especially those for boys, which are often donated less frequently than the number needed.

Baskets should be delivered to the Georgia Army National Guard Armory, 261 E. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call Deborah Barinowski at 678-518-5758.

2-Day Walk kick-off attracts 200

More than 200 people attended the 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer's registration kick-off and training walk on March 18 in Buckhead. Attendees participated in a 5K training walk through Buckhead.

There's still plenty of time to register and train before the September walk, said founder Randi Passoff. The annual 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is scheduled for Sept. 16-17, and raises money for breast cancer awareness, research and support organizations that help local minorities, including Hispanics, Asians, blacks and low-income women. Since its inception, the walk has raised more than $1.6 million and awarded 45 gifts and grants. For more information, visit www.2daywalk.org or call 404-531-4111.

TV personality

will headline Dare to Share event

Dare to Share, a nonprofit group that supports children's charities, will hold its annual Tea & Dessert Social April 6 at Chateau Elan.

TV personality Robyn Freedman Spizman will be the featured guest speaker. Freedman Spizman is also the author of dozens of how-to books, including "Make It Memorable," "The Thank You Book," "When Words Matter Most" and "Author 101." Dare to Share supports children's charities in Gwinnett, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties. The group also supports the national program The Smile Train.

Admission is $30 per person and the program will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chateau Elan Atrium in the Inn at Chateau Elan, 100 Rue Charlemagne in Braselton. For more information, call Francine Boudewijn at 770-868-8319 or visit www.dare-to-share.org.