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LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

ATLANTA -- Applebee's expects to serve more than one million free meals to veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day.

This is the third year in a row that the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain restaurant has held its Thank You Movement to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country.

And part of that movement includes allowing members of the military to eat for free on Friday, Nov. 11.

MORE: Join 11Alive on 11-11-11 for a celebration of kindness and service

Active duty military members and veterans can receive their free food from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Metro Atlanta Applebee's locations include:

Athens
* 2226 West Broad Street

Kindness Week to honor former Henry County student

Kindness Week to honor former Henry County student

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- November 11, 2011 holds meaning for many people, including those of us here at 11Alive, and the Henry County school district is no exception.

This significant date, 11-11-11, is their Kindness Day, capping off a week of friendship and service at schools throughout the county.

Kindness Day was created to honor the memory of Hunter Welch, a former Henry County student who passed away in 2004. Hunter's parents, Buddy and Kit Welch, wanted to honor the people who meant something to their son during his short life.

"We started this week as a gesture to give back to the community that cared and supported our special needs son," Kit Welch said. "They gave to Hunter and we wanted to give back to them."

Veteran's Day recognition in Hampton

Veteran's Day recognition in Hampton

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Three years ago, a small group of Hamptonians decided to commemmorate the town's deceased veterans by displaying crosses with the names of the soldiers and the wars in which they fought.

The display has now reached over 170 markers, complete with flags.

The Hampton Veteran's Day program will be in the historic Hampton Depot at 11 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 11.

RELATED: 11Alive's celebration of kindness and service on 11-11-11

Hampton resident Bill Dodd will showcase an excellent array of military memorabilia and uniforms on the depot's lower level. The display can be seen before and after the scheduled program.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Hampton veterans tribute can do so at City Hall, 17 East Main Street.

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

ATLANTA -- October is both National Book Month and National Cookie Month, so why not combine the two into a sweet book drive?

The second annual Reading is SWEET! National Book Drive, sponsored by Great American Cookies, runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

Throughout the month, the stores collected new and gently used books to be donated to local charities and public libraries. Everyone who donated a book received a free cookie.

"Last year's Reading is SWEET! program was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our store owners, customers and community partners," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing & operations officer for GFG Management, which manages Great American Cookies. "We're excited to continue the event for 2011 and can't wait to see how many books we can collect and how many cookies we can give away."

Haunted Depot in Hampton... Come enjoy some classic fun and have a great time too!!

Haunted Depot in Hampton... Come enjoy some classic fun and have a great time too!!

This Saturday Oct. 29th  you can experience some old fashion fun and excitement when the Hampton "Haunted" Depot comes to life.   Doors open at 7pm if you are brave enough to experience the ghouls and frightening scenes in downtown Hampton.  It is a very inexpensive evening of fun and fright.