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Sleep easy at night with charitable DreamAid pillow

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.

A good night's sleep has taken on a new meaning.

With sweet sayings embroidered on them, the DreamAid pillow case covers do more than provide a soft spot for your head. They also provide a warm, feel-good sensation in your heart.

Taking the power of positive thinking one step further, the DreamAid cases help remind users that every day is a gift, that they are loved, or that anything is possible. The pillow cases come in 30 varieties, each touting a touching sentiment like "May shooting stars carry your hopes and dreams far" and the ever-popular "Breathe in to slow down, let sleep turn things around."

"My favorite has always been 'Peace, love, rest,' because it perfectly sums up the day. And, I also love 'Thank my lucky stars, your love is in my heart'," said Laura Kronen, a Duluth resident and spokeswoman for DreamAid. "These are such nice gifts to give a loved one or give yourself."

Beyond being thoughtful decor, the pillows serve a higher calling. Five percent of all profits from pillow sales are donated to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation. The DreamAid pillow cases retail for $24, and are sold in select boutiques nationwide, as well as online at www.dreamaidproducts.com.

Operation Christmas under way at Gwinnett church

Sugar Hill United Methodist Church has partnered with Operation Christmas Child to collect shoe boxes of toys and gifts for the holiday season now through Nov. 19. The shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent to children in poor nations around the world.

Shoe boxes can be dropped off at several area locations, including Life Care Center of Gwinnett, 3850 Safehaven Drive, Lawrenceville; Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, 210 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville; Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, 4600 Nelson Brogden Blvd., Sugar Hill; and Cannon United Methodist Church, 2424 Webb Gin House Road, Snellville.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and package the shoe boxes at collection sites. For more information on items requested or to sign up, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Cut hair for hope, houses

The Hair Cuttery is sponsoring "Hairdressers Unlocking Hope," an in-salon charitable campaign to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and its efforts to build houses in the Gulf Coast. The campaign wraps up today at all 58 Hair Cuttery locations in the metro area. Visit www.vocuspr.vocus.com.

Eagles for Eagle golf tournament to aid nature center

Eagles for Eagles charity golf tournament, a benefit for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, will be held Nov. 5 at the Country Club of the South in Alpharetta. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost to play is $500 per player and includes include green fees, boxed lunch on the course, complimentary beverages, a post-play cocktail reception and awards banquet. Call 770-992-2055, ext. 224.

Fur Kids to hold Cat's Meow sale

The Cat's Meow Marketplace will be held Friday through Nov. 4 and Nov. 10-11 at 4015 Holcomb Bridge Road, suite 420, Norcross. The sale will showcase a variety of items, including homewares, clothing, jewelry and toys, and will benefit Fur Kids, a nonprofit animal rescue organization located in Atlanta. Call 770-613-0009 or visit www.furkids.org.

Tournament will step to the plate for MDA

Play 4 the Cure will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville. The softball tournament is a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Registration is $200 per team and is required by Friday. Call 678-616-6041.

Car show and cruise-in will benefit food bank

The Buford ACE Classic Cruise-In and Show will be held Saturday at S&S ACE Hardware and Mower, 3400 Buford Drive, Buford. Vintage cars, street rods and other models will be showcased, for an optional $15 judging fee. Proceeds will benefit the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Call 770-932-1458.

Essentials drive collecting items for the homeless

The Providence Group will host the Essentials for Young Lives Drive through Nov. 17. The drive is a community-wide effort to collect items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula for homeless infants, toddlers and children.

Items can be dropped off at various Gwinnett and metro Atlanta locations, including Three Bridges in Suwanee, Abberley Towneship and Merrimont in Johns Creek and Villages at Huntcrest in Lawrenceville. For a complete list of drop-off sites, visit www.tpghomes.net.

Recipes for people, pets needed for cookbook

Pup and Cat Company is calling for submissions for its new cookbook, "Fabulous Cuisine For Pets and People, Too." Recipe submissions are needed for both pets and people. Submit your favorite recipes via e-mail to pupandcatcompany30680@yahoo.com or by standard mail to Pup and Cat Company, P.O. Box 1987, Winder, GA 30680. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Pup and Cat Company is a nonprofit humane society and foster organization. Visit www.pupandcatco.com.

Seniors set to have a meal to remember

Meals On Wheels Atlanta and the Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta will host "The Best of New York: A Meal to Remember" at 7 p.m. Friday at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. Call or e-mail Steven Hargrove at shargrove@scsatl.org.

Students from Emory donate prize money

A student team from Emory recently donated $2,500 to A School Bell Rings, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that builds schools for impoverished children around the globe. The students received first prize for "Project Acceleration: The Subaru Challenge" and plan to donate the $2,500 in prize money to help the organization with construction costs for a school building in Tanzania, Africa. Visit www.aschoolbellrings.org.

Community clinic benefits from Jackson EMC

The Gwinnett Community Clinic has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation to help purchase a new EKG machine. The nonprofit, volunteer clinic provides basic health care to uninsured, unemployed and low income residents of the county. Jackson EMC Foundation grants are funded through the Operation Round Up program. Participating Jackson EMC members' monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar amount, an average of $6 per year.

REI provides grant to nature center

Outdoor retail group REI presented the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Mill Creek Nature Center with a $3,010 grant to further develop the center. The 88-acre Mill Creek Nature Center is located near REI's Buford store on Mall of Georgia Boulevard and has been a key partner in environmental public service. The grant was made possible by REI's giving program. Visit www.rei.com.

Grassroots campaign nets expanded donations

Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to eradicate malaria in Africa, delivered more than 200,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to children under 5 and pregnant women in Congo-Brazzaville throughout October.

Purchased with more than $1 million in donations from individual donors, the nets were distributed as part of a concentrated health campaign from the Congo's Ministry of Health and the Measles Initiative, a partnership of the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

By the end of 2007, the campaign will have delivered more than half a million treated nets throughout Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon and Mali. Each net in the ongoing campaign can be purchased online at www.nothingbutnets.net for a $10 donation.