Acts of Kindness: Stories of the community helping one another during the pandemic

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Dec. 28—In times like these, the good in people shines.

Since March 2020, the MDJ has been reporting on acts of kindness, goodwill and generosity during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you know of an instance of benevolence — on any scale — and are willing to share with MDJ readers, tell us your story.

Send an email to mdjnews@mdjonline.com with the subject line: Act of Kindness.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Thank you to the We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association volunteers for cleaning Riverside Parkway in Austell. On Dec. 27, 32 bags of litter were collected.

We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association hosted a holiday party for Lexington Properties residents and a toy giveaway in partnership with STING Inc. on Dec. 23 at the Riverside Epicenter. The residents enjoyed bowling, an arcade, a toy giveaway and a special visit from Santa Claus. Thank you to Lexington Properties for community partnership and to the holiday planning committee and volunteers from STING Inc. and The HOPE Club from South Cobb High School.

-Monica DeLancy

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Monday, Dec. 27

Sweetwater Mission hosted the Dec. 21 Meals On A Mission in a new location, The Village Apartments off Six Flags Road in Austell. Volunteers from the Lions Club and the First Christian Church Of Mableton helped serve 137 families with frozen turkeys, milk and frozen dinners. We met some really nice people and the apartment management team was terrific. We hope to conduct additional events at their location.

On Dec. 22, Sweetwater Mission delivered 200 frozen turkeys to our Sheriff's Department. Later in the day, they delivered 110 frozen turkeys to Precinct 2 police and fire fighters. Hopefully, they will have a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays.

H.O.P.E. Family Resource Center is a designated Toys For Tots destination providing gifts for over 150 children up to 12 years old. They also accepted donations and supplied 60 coats, 32 pairs of shoes, clothing, suits, jewelry and small household items to approximately 50 adults. It was clear to everyone involved that the people who came by the center were in need of help and were very grateful for the efforts of H.O.P.E. Family Resource Center.

-Barry Krebs

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Thursday, Dec. 23

The family volunteer group Little Helpers of Atlanta teamed up with The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta recently to help raise money for the Red Kettle campaign. Families from Roswell, Marietta, Lawrenceville and Kennesaw rang the bell, sang holiday carols and even played musical instruments to encourage shoppers to donate.

To be a bell ringer or donate to the campaign, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22

Pastors John and Aventar Gray, parishioners and friends distributed toys to the community on Dec. 15 at Relentless Church on Macland Road. Kids received toys, played video games, showed off their arts and crafts skills, took photos at the 360-selfie booth and filled their tummies with yummy treats. The atmosphere was festive with lots of smiles and Christmas cheer. A heartfelt thanks to Pastors John and Aventar Gray for their support and sharing Relentless' first Christmas with the residents of Powder Springs.

Old St. Nick dropped by the Ron Anderson Recreation Center on Dec. 18 to deliver toys and bikes to his helpers at the Powder Springs Community Taskforce. Congratulations to the team for hosting their 7th Annual Giving Hope for the Holidays event and spreading Christmas cheer, gifts and toys to the youth in west Cobb.

Powder Springs resident and candidate for Superior Court Judge of Cobb County, Taneesha Marshall recently hosted her annual Christmas for Cobb's Kids event along with Judge Robert E. Flournoy III, Santa and his helper. The event at the Play Bistro & Desserts restaurant on Powder Springs Road in Marietta was a great day of fun for the District 4 youth as they munched on some of their favorite cookies and cupcakes, gave instructions to Santa on where to hide their gifts, designed their own ornaments and received an early Christmas gift from Santa. They all promised not to be naughty ... at least not before Christmas. Thank you Taneesha for your community outreach and helping to make Christmas magical.

-District 4 Cobb County Commissioner Monique Sheffield's newsletter

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