GAB: Chamber care package drive a success

DULUTH -- An official with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce said its care package drive for U.S. troops was a success this month.

As a tribute to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the chamber staff, members and volunteers assembled more than 50 care packages and sent them to two different units in Afghanistan last weekend.

The care package contained everything from food and snacks to gifts, cards and basic supplies.

Stated Chamber President and CEO Jim Maran: "The Gwinnett Chamber would like to thank its members, leaders and staff for their generous donations to this cause, yielding such a strong and positive impact for so many."

Gentiva Hospice collects food for local group

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Last week Gentiva Hospice collected and delivered more than 700 pounds of food for a local organization that serves families in need.

Every year, Gentiva chooses a non-profit organization and holds a food drive.

On Sept. 16, Gentiva delivered 735 pounds of food items to Streetwise, a non-profit organization that assists families in need of food, clothing and furniture.

Streetwise currently serves 75 families every week.

Formerly called Healthfield, Gentiva has both Hospice and home healthcare offices in the Gwinnett area.

Georgia Race for Autism planned

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Race for Autism is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

The event benefits Spectrum, a parent-operated group for families, friends and teachers on the autism spectrum.

The fifth annual gathering begins at 6:30 a.m. for on-site runner registration. Runner check-ins start at 7 a.m. At 8 a.m. the 10K and 5K races kickoff, and events are planned for the remainder of the day as well like a fall festival and 1-mile fun run/walk.

Funds will go to continue Spectrum's camps and clubs for children with autism in the metro area and beyond.

For more information, visit www.georgiaraceforautism.com or www.atl-spectrum.com.

Church plans to paint Gwinnett Child Shelter

NORCROSS -- The Georgia Full Gospel Assembly of Norcross has plans to paint the Gwinnett Child Shelter Saturday as part of its outreach ministry.

The church's youth group voluntarily performs community service throughout the year for locations around Gwinnett County.

For more information, call (404) 493-6578 or visit www.gfgaonline.org.