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Today's 13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Project Giving

From December 1-13 we're highlighting a different local organization on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
We'll show how you can volunteer, donate or give back to make the holidays a little brighter.

Today, we're highlighting Project Giving, an all-volunteer, organization building "Bridges of Hope" for families who are suffering from chronic medical illnesses.

To help with Project Giving during the holiday season, join the family Christmas adoption project.

To learn more: visit www.projectgiving.net, e-mail info@projectgiving.net or call 478-224-HOPE.


Local Animal Rescue Asks for Nut Donations

Star Bright Animal Rescue is asking pecan tree owners to donate any 2010 excess crop to help raise money.

The shelter will turn the crop into local processors and the money will help pay for the medical care of area homeless animals.

Star Bright Animal Rescue is a non-profit, charitable organization located in Byron and Perry and is also a licensed shelter with the Department of Agricultre.

On average, the shelter has 25-30 animals costing $1000 or more a month, Cathy Compton of Star Bright Animal Rescue says.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 17.

Drop-off locations:

Star Bright Animal Rescue, 3101 Moseley Rd. in Byron

Southwood Animal Hospital, 2523 Moody Rd. in Warner Robins

Perry Animal Hospital, 633 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.

All proceeds will go to the medical care of the animals.

For larger donations, arrange a donation pick-up by calling Cathy Compton of Star Bright Animal Rescue at 478-213-4907.

Robins Senior Leadership to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

Robins Senior Leadership will be serving a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the Wynn Dining Facility as part of an annual tradition.

While the dining facility is normally reserved for enlisted Airmen, the holiday meal will b open to all active duty members, reservists, retirees and their families.

Manning the serving lines, carving the turkey, ham and beef will be guest chefs including:

Brigadier Gen. Lee Levy, commander, 402nd Maintenance Wing; Col. Carl Buhler, commander, 78th Air Base Wing, several group commanders, chief master sergeants and first sergeants.

Shirley Sexton, Wynn Dining Facility manager says there will be all the expected Thanksgiving extras, from mashed potatoes and dressing to fresh-made desserts.

Happy Hour's Yard Sale

Recycled treasures will be available at Happy Hour’s monthly indoor yard sale.

It will be held on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. located at 716 N. Young Ave, Warner Robins in the Workshop II Building.

A large selection of items will be available for sale.

All proceeds from the sale go directly back to serving our clients needs. 

For more information, please call 478-602-5105 or 478-929-6616.

Bank of America Awards Grants to Nonprofits

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will award $24,755 in grant funding to three local non-profit organizations at a check presentation ceremony at 9:15 a.m, Friday, Nov. 19.

A grant will be awarded to Houston County Habitat for Humanity as operating support to fund the organization’s mission of eliminating poverty and homelessness by providing affordable housing for low-income families in Houston County. Funding will be used to purchase the heating & air-conditioning system of a Houston County Habitat home.

A grant will be awarded to Houston County Council on Aging (Meals on Wheels) as operating support to fund the organization's mission of feeding low-income individuals from the Warner Robins community.  Funding from Banking of America will enable the agency to increase their capacity and provide more meals to eligible participants. 

Benefit Breakfast for Cancer Patient's Wish

Sarah Kinsaul is a bubbly 6-year-old whose favorite color is pink and enjoys writing and coloring.  In March Sarah was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone and soft tissue cancer.  She has endured several rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries to remove part of her upper thigh in effort to get rid of the cancer. Sarah also has a wish to go to the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.    

In partnership with Kid’s Wish Network the Warner Robins Police Department is teaming up with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to make Sarah’s wish come true. 

Both agencies are hosting a Benefit Breakfast at FATZ Café on Watson Boulevard on November 20 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to raise money for Sarah’s Disney World wish.  Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage links, maple syrup, butter and a choice of coffee, tea, orange juice or milk.  Tickets are $7.00.    

2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit

Community Health Works (CHW) will be holding the 2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit on Nov. 9 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds (Miller-Murphy-Howard Building) in Perry, GA. Register at www.cgrhs.org. This is an all-day event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

In October of 2009, CHW convened more than 100 community leaders representing the top minds in health care and health policy, local government, local school districts, faith-based and civic organizations from across 7 counties in central Georgia (Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs). 

The purpose of the summit is to discuss the impact that unhealthy behaviors have on our community with a primary focus on the prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.