Bank holds annual food drive

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bank of North Georgia is hosting its second annual Back-to-School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit local food pantries from Monday through July 31 during normal banking hours.

Donations of jars of peanut butter and of jelly will be accepted at all 45 branch locations, including Buford, Norcross and Suwanee.

Salon leader receives award

BUFORD - Daniel Depina, leader of the JCPenney Salon inside the JCPenney department store at the Mall of Georgia, received the Company's Champion Award in honor of the salon's outstanding performance in 2008.

Champion Awards were presented to the leaders of 92 top-performing JCPenney salons at an awards ceremony April 4 in San Antonio, Texas. Less than 10 percent of all JCPenney Salons qualified for Champion Awards, based on their sales and profit performance for the year.

School campaign seeking book bags, supplies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Children's Restoration Network has begun its 15th Annual Back 2 School Campaign for homeless children.

New book bags and school supplies will be collected at all metro-Atlanta Kroger stores and all LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant locations until Aug. 8. These new book bags and school supplies will be donated to children in metro area shelters and group homes.

CRN is also seeking volunteers to help sort and fill the book bags on Aug. 7 and 8. For more information, visit www.childrn.org or call 770-649-7117.

Senior Services collecting fans, AC units

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Senior Services and the Gwinnett County Fire Department are asking for donations of brand new fans or window air conditioning units for use in Project ACCES (Added Cooling Comfort for our Elderly Seniors). Project ACCES aims to provide senior citizens with fans or air conditioning to combat the dangerous conditions made by the summer heat.

Donations are accepted at any of the 28 Gwinnett County fire stations, as well as the Fire Headquarters, until Aug. 31. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Melanie Miller at 770-822-8842 or e-mail melanie.miller@gwinnettcounty.com.

Macy's launches literacy program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Reading Is Fundamental and Macy's have teamed up to launch Book A Brighter Future, a national partnership to raise awareness and support of children's literacy.

Macy's customers can donate $3 for Book A Brighter Future at any Macy's location and receive a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase at any Macy's store. Macy's will donate 100 percent of every $3 donation to RIF. The promotion ends

Aug. 31.

For more information or to donate, visit www.rif.org/brighterfuture.

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