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Wild Bill's Toys 4 Tots event will collect gifts for children

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Perhaps she is overly ambitious. Perhaps she is naive. Or, just maybe, she has a heart for giving. This holiday season, Bobbie Light, along with the Black Sheep Detachment of the Marine Corps League, is aiming to fill all the empty stockings hanging in the needy homes in Gwinnett.

"In past years, we have used CVS as a toy supplier and people could drop off items, but not all of those toys went to Gwinnett kids," Light said. "There are a lot of needy families here, and I want to make sure that all these kids have Christmas presents."

Partnering with Wild Bill's, the league will host a Toys 4 Tots charity event on Saturday to help supply Gwinnett-area children with holiday gifts. Instead of paying the $10 cover charge for admission into Wild Bill's, patrons can donate a new, $10 toy.

"We have never done anything on this magnitude before. I must admit, I feel a tad bit out of my league here," Light said. "Wild Bill's holds 5,000 people, but if we get 2,000, I'd be happy. Maybe I am naive to put together such a big effort. But I want to see every kid in Gwinnett County get a toy this Christmas."

As a Wild Bill's regular, Light knew the country-themed bar would be an ideal location for the charity event.

"They have great music, and everyone loves music. Plus, it can hold a lot of people and I am hoping for a big turnout," she said. "And, they have good drinks, but of course, that is only a small part of it."

Wild Bill's is no stranger to playing host to local charity drives. It's housed events for PAWS, the YMCA and others, said Edie Thornton, Wild Bill's marketing coordinator.

"We do a lot with local charities," Thornton said. "We are hoping that people will come out, help area families have a good holiday, and put smiles on the faces of Gwinnett children."

A division of the national Marine Corps League, the Black Sheep Detachment is an organization of retired Marine veterans that supports members and family members of the Marines.

The toy drive will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Wild Bill's is located at 2075 Market St., Duluth. For more information, call Light at 706-308-5004, or Wild Bill's at 678-473-1000.

Event to honor

service men, women

A Hometown Heroes Appreciation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Georgia Trust Bank's Gwinnett Main Office, 2725 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford. The event is intended to honor the men and women who serve our community. Food and refreshments will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Operation One Voice program. New and slightly used stuffed animals will also be collected for the Gwinnett County fire and police departments to give to traumatized children. For more information, call 770-614-7644.

Krispy Kreme

collecting toys

for children

Krispy Kreme just got sweeter. The doughnut chain is hosting its 13th annual toy drive. From Monday through Dec. 3, Krispy Kreme retail stores will collect new and used toys to donate to local chapters of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Each patron who donates a toy will receive a coupon for a free original glazed doughnut and small coffee. For more information on participating area locations, visit www.krispykreme.com.

Neiman Marcus provides clothing for foster children

Neiman Marcus Last Call store at Discover Mills Mall is teaming with the Foster Children's Foundation for its "Wearing Hope" campaign. The store sponsors local foster children and provides them with occasional shopping sprees. The campaign began this month and will be ongoing throughout 2007. For more information, call 770-

623-6135.

Ministry provides holiday baskets

for charities

Continuing their annual tradition of giving, the Rev. Donald Battle and the Divine Faith Ministries International, a non-denominational church in Duluth, will support more than 400 families in Gwinnett, Spaulding and Clayton counties for the holiday season.

The ministry will partner with local charities, such as Toys for Tots, to provide holiday baskets of turkey, stuffing and canned goods, as well as gifts for local children. For more information, call 770-603-0025.

Local Motorola

employees spend day volunteering

Local employees of Motorola rolled up their sleeves for the company's Global Day of Service on Oct. 18. At more than 240 sites in 40 countries, employees painted, planted, taught and cleaned at schools, libraries and with various community organizations.

Locally, volunteers worked on landscaping and grounds clean up at Brookwood Elementary School, and robotics program enhancement at Peachtree Ridge High School. The international event was organized by the Motorola Foundation and Motorola volunteers. For more information, visit www.motorola.com/globaldayofservice.