GAB: Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded nearly $45,000 in grants locally. Among recipients were four agencies that provide services to the residents of Gwinnett County.

-- $15,000 to Challenged Child & Friends, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.

-- $14,960 to View Point Health, a Gwinnett County agency providing support to clients with behavioral health conditions, addictive diseases and developmental disabilities, to provide uninsured and underinsured clients with primary and specialty health care by assisting with copays for office visits, lab work, and pharmacy screenings through Four Corners Primary Care.

-- $7,500 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the residential inmate recovery program, which provides inmates three months of self-study, classes and work therapy, followed by nine months of employment either inside or outside the ministry, to help them become productive members of society by working on drug and alcohol issues.

-- $7,500 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth Outreach program, three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior.ATLANTA -- Kroger customers and associates in the Atlanta Division -- which includes 213 stores -- contributed more than $184,000 to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life campaign: an 8-percent increase over the previous year's donations.

For two weeks in February, Kroger customers and associates purchased $1 "footprint" icons for Relay For Life, a signature fundraising event that takes place in more than 5,100 communities nationwide and abroad.

"We are proud of the overwhelming generosity shown by our customers and associates throughout this campaign," says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta Division. "In just two short weeks, our community gave funds that will help support the families of our neighbors affected by cancer."

ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, ACS has 12 chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. To learn more about the ACS, visit www.cancer.org.

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