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Toys for Tots short on toys

Toys for Tots short on toys

SUWANEE, Ga. -- At Thanksgiving, 11Alive News reported that Toys was short on donations this year. Now less than a week before Christmas, it looks like some boys and girls will just have to go without. 

"We basically have no new influx of toys coming in right now," said Theresa Wilhite, assistant coordinator for Atlanta Toys for Tots.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Charity has been giving toys to needy children since 1947. Atlanta Toys for Tots gives toys to agencies in 17 Metro Atlanta counties. 

Many of the bins at their Suwanee warehouse, which are usually filled with toys from drop-off locations around the region, are empty or near empty.

"The difference this year is the demand for toys is much greater," Wilhite said.

She said more than 1,000 agencies have requested toys this year. Last year 800 agencies were given toys. 

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Dasher

ADOPT A PET: Meet Dasher

 

NEWNAN, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Dasher is a medium, adult Labrador Retriever mix and he’s on the Urgent Pet Adoption list. A representative at the Animal Control Center thinks he’s is about two years old. Dasher is pretty large but he won’t get any larger and she has been neutered. Dasher was found roaming outside of the shelter; shelter staff thinks he was a doorstep drop-off. Dasher can be adopted for $70.

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

County closings for the holiday

County closings for the holiday

Henry County Government offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. County offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of both the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays.

County offices will also be closed Friday, December 30 for a floating holiday and on January 2, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Offices will reopen with regular hours on December 27, 28 and 29, and following the New Year’s holiday on January 3.

The Recycling Center will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26th, reopening on Tuesday, December 27. The center will also be closed for the New Year’s Day holiday from Friday, December 30 through Monday, January 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

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TELETHON: 11Alive Help Desk helps Hosea Feed the Hungry

ATLANTA - Bill Liss activated the 11Alive Help Desk this morning and was joined by a team of Hosea Feed the Hungry volunteers as they took donations to support their mission of feeding and clothing the homeless and the less fortunate this holiday season.

Bill Liss along with Valerie Hoff and the Hosea volunteers received calls all morning long and raised over $7000.

RELATED: Photos of Hosea Feed the Hungry Volunteers

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Pop singer, Gavin DeGraw will be performing at Atlantic Station’s “Winter Wonder Jam series. Atlantic Station will host a free concert series, which will conclude on December 23. The series has featured popular acts like: Sister Hazel and Citizen Cope, over the past couple of weeks. Attendees can text JAM to 57682 the week of each show to find out who plays next. The concert will be held at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

The Atlanta Hawks will be holding an Open Scrimmage on Friday night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Highlight Factory.

HOT lanes cooling off?

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- They've flopped in Gwinnett County, fizzled in Cobb and Cherokee and have now re-surfaced in Henry County.

We are talking, of course, about HOT lanes -- the controversial toll lanes, which are supposed to be the antidote to the region's traffic woes.

High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes have enjoyed a brief but highly controversial history in Georgia.

Drivers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties were outraged when they debuted there this fall, complaining that the lanes significantly increased commute times for the majority of drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation pulled the plug this week on a similar project in Cobb County -- just months before construction was set to begin.

The latest HOT lane project is slated for a 12-mile stretch of Henry County. The lane is designed to be reversible, northbound during the congested morning commute and then southbound when those same drivers head home in the evening.