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Developer donates furniture to furnish house for homeless

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.

Real estate developer Richardson Housing Group recently donated the furnishings from one of its area model homes to Family Promise of Gwinnett County, a ministry that helps homeless families find permanent housing and full-time employment.

Richardson donated furniture, decor and other household items from the model home in the Brookwood Landing neighborhood in Lilburn. The donated items will help furnish permanent housing for at least four families in Gwinnett, Richardson said.

"To store the furniture in a place where it has no value or use just seemed like a waste to us," said Mark Richardson, the housing group's vice president of development, in a press release. "We'd heard about the positive impact Family Promise is having on the homeless population in our area and believed we could meet a real need for these families by providing furniture and key household items."

Family Promise is a multi-denominational ministry based in Lawrenceville. It partners with social service agencies to provide temporary lodging and case management services to four families at a time, with an eventual goal of finding permanent housing. For more information, visit www.familypromisegwinnett.org.

Orthodontist's

project surpasses $50K in donations

Pickron Orthodontic Care's Project Smile program recently surpassed $50,000 in donations to local charities. Project Smile, created by Dr. Robert Pickron, allows patients who have lost or broken retainers to write a check to one of five charities instead of to Pickron.

Pickron also matches the contribution dollar-for-dollar. Participating charities include: Norcross-based Rainbow Village, which helps homeless families rebuild their lives; the Georgia Center for Children, which helps children and families who have experienced sexual abuse; Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Project Open Hand - Atlanta, which provides meals for the critically ill and homebound seniors; and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which raises money to help fight cancer of the plasma cell.

Pickron is no stranger to charity. He also heads up "health happiness campaigns," which include projects such as donating emergency health kits to 11 schools in Gwinnett and offering free dental assistance to Hurricane Katrina victims. For more information, visit www.pickron.com.

Girl Scouts

decorate duffle bags for children

Kim Lindsey and Ruth Bradshaw wrote in to tell us about their Brownie troop, Troop 1220. The group of 20 first- and second-grade girls is making "stuff bags" - small decorated duffle bags - for children in the Department of Family and Children Services system. Also this year, they have donated $100 worth of smoke alarms to the Gwinnett County Fire Department and $100 to victims of Hurricane Katrina and have collected food for the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry. We always love to hear about good deeds, so keep those notes coming!

Men's club donates to Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center

The Venture Club, a social organization of mostly retirees from Gwinnett and North Fulton counties, recently donated $300 to the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center. The Duluth center helps victims of sexual assault navigate the justice system.

The Venture Club men's club welcomes retirees to meet for lunch on the third Monday of the month at Jocks & Jills restaurant on State Bridge and Medlock Bridge roads. Call 770-277-5444 for more information.