borhood Financial Services, an affiliate of The Impact Group.

Merkel has lived in Gwinnett County for 30 years with his wife, Mickey, and two daughters. He has been active through regular volunteer work, including sitting on the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church and acting as president and board member of his home owners' association.

Merkel succeeds former executive director Marina Sampanes Peed, who will continue to assist the organization with special projects. She served the organization for 12 years, and under her leadership, The Impact Group has grown to become a full-service housing assistance agency.

Association reports success with food drive

LAWRENCEVILLE - The second annual Lawrenceville Football and Cheerleading Association Autumn Food Drive took place Sept. 15 to 20.

The group collected 365 nonperishable food items. The football players and cheerleaders delivered the items to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry.

UNICEF expands opportunities

for donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - UNICEF is celebrating its 58th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by expanding into the 21st century with digital initiatives, new technology-backed fund-raising techniques and a college campus challenge.

Raising more than $140 million to date, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has grown into a highly successful national program that aims to educate U.S. children about their more vulnerable peers overseas and inspire them to take action.

This year, expanded initiatives include "Text-or-Treat" for UNICEF mobile giving, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF E-Store, Facebook.com Cause application and customized Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fund-raising Web pages.

UNICEF uses the hard-earned funds of its youngest fundraisers to provide clean water, health care, food and education to children in 150 countries.

For more information, visit http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat.

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