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GAB: Three agencies serving Gwinnett receive grants

Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger, right, presents a $14,941 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check to Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, which will purchase rear-facing car safety seats for infants whose parents cannot afford them. (Special Photo)

Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger, right, presents a $14,941 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check to Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, which will purchase rear-facing car safety seats for infants whose parents cannot afford them. (Special Photo)

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $29,941 in grant money to three agencies serving Gwinnett County during its October meeting.

A grant for $14,941 was presented to the Infant Car Seat Safety Program, a service of the Gwinnett Hospital System, to purchase 192 approved, rear-facing car safety seats for infants born in system facilities whose parents cannot afford to purchase them.

Family Promise of Gwinnett County received a $10,000 grant to help fund a part-time staff member that will allow its SaltLight Center temporary shelter for homeless women to expand its operations from five nights a week to seven.

A grant for $5,000 was given to the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council to provide uniforms, handbooks and summer camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting.

The Jackson EMC Foundation was established in 2005. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the foundation.

Mall welcomes Santa with celebration

Mall of Georgia’s Simon Kidgits Club and Radio Disney invite local families to a winter wonderland celebration to welcome the arrival of Santa from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday during the annual Santabration at the mall’s Village Amphitheatre.

The evening includes a Christmas parade, a 50-foot tree lighting and performances by the Academy of Performing Arts Superstar Dancers. Guests will also enjoy a special Movies Under The Stars screening of “Home Alone” on a 55-foot screen Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The event is free and open to the public.

Youth choir to perform at area church

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, a premier, internationally touring children’s choir, will perform during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 10, at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.

The church is at 3700 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. For more information, call 770-497-0233.

Duluth makes top 10 list for best places for job seekers

The city of Duluth has been named one of the best places for job seekers in Georgia.

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site, factored in unemployment rates, median income, monthly homeowner costs and population growth, and Duluth made the No. 10 spot on its top 10 list.

“Duluth saw 2.4 percent growth in the working-age population between 2009 and 2011,” the website reads. “Major employers in Gwinnett County are Gwinnett Medical Center, Cisco Systems and Primerica. Duluth is the headquarters of companies like AGCO, the U.S. branch of GravoTech and the North American branch of Merial.

Only places with a population greater than 25,000 were considered.

For more information, visit www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-places-georgia-job-seekers/.

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