GAB: Donate old cellphone for a free meal

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Pollo Tropical is offering a free Beef Wrap on Wednesday to anyone who donates their old cellphone to a good cause. Phones can be dropped off at the local restaurant, which is located at 825 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville.

All phones collected through the Handheld for a Handheld campaign will benefit Women in Distress, an organization that aims to stop domestic violence abuse through intervention, education and advocacy.

The one-day Handheld for a Handheld campaign seeks to collect 2,000 handheld cellphones. There is no limit on the number of phones customers can donate or the number of wraps they can receive. Each phone is good for one free Beef Wrap.

Phones do not have to be in working order. They simply need to have a battery. All makes and models will be accepted.

For more information about Women in Distress, visit www.womenindistress.org.

Local Baptist leader to retire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Rev. Sid Hopkins, director of Missions for Gwinnett Metro Baptist Churches, has announced he is retiring.

A native of Washington, Ga., he first came to Gwinnett in 1983 to help in establishing what was then known as Atkinson Road Baptist Church.

The Rev. Hopkins was honored at the annual meeting of the Association on Oct. 15, at Iglesia Bautista Hispano Americano Church, Lilburn, where the Rev. Rolando Ruiz is pastor.

The Rev. Mark Hearn of First Baptist Church Duluth was elected new moderator. The association selects a moderator-elect, who has a year to prepare for the role. This year, the Rev. Jim Crutchfield, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, was elected to that position.

The Rev. Hopkins, who had held the position of director since 1987, plans to work with churches in Moldovia and Alaska after his retirement. He and wife, Janice, plan to maintain their permanent residence in Lawrenceville.

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