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13 DAYS OF GIVING: Kids Yule Love Aims For Unforgettable Christmas Mornings

Gwen Lancaster raised four of her grandchildren. She worked for more than 20 years before she was diagnosed with liver cancer.

She now lives off disability insurance, and she says that made Christmas tough.

"Love goes a long way, you know? And that's what I like about Christmas," Lancaster said.

But last year Kids Yule Love stepped in and provided gifts.

"Best Christmas they ever had. And I mean they had bicycles and had a basketball goal," said Lancaster.

"That's what it's all about. Giving, taking care of one another," said Joe Allen who founded the organization 26 years ago.

Centerville Man Faces Charges After High-Speed Chase

Houston County Sheriff's Deputies chased a green Chevrolet Suburban starting in Houston County and ending in Bibb.

That's according to Lt. Mike Stokes with the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

In a police report written by Stokes, he says a sheriff's deputy tried to stop a car on Russell Parkway for failing to stop at a stop sign, among other traffic violations.

The report says they arrested 23-year-old Anthony Stevenson Braswell II of Centerville on multiple counts, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and driving under the influence of drugs.

Stokes says when he tried to pull Braswell over, he sped away, throwing plastic bags out the window. However, that was not part of the police report.

Stokes says they have not yet been able to recover those bags.

He says the vehicle clipped a car on South Davis Drive during the chase.

13 Days of Giving: Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots

13WMAZ's 13 Days of Giving Campaign continues with a group that's been making Christmas mornings merrier for children since 1948.

The Marine Corps Reservists across the country, including those at Robins Air Force Base, collect thousands of toys through their Toys for Tots program.

Staff Sergeant Joshua O'Connor is the coordinator for this year's campaign in Bibb and Houston Counties.

He says 600 families have asked for help so far this season. That's double the number from last year.

O'Connor says they need people to donate toys or money to buy them.

He says they're running low on toys for infants and gifts for teenagers.

Thousands Flock to the Warner Robins Christmas Parade

Thousands flocked to the Warner Robins region for the annual Christmas parade.

Santa Claus himself, made an appearance at the event.

More than one hundred floats rode through the town sporting red and green.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas was the theme title for this year.

The celebration showcased festive holiday music, decorations and goodies.

Parade goers Jodi Hufferman and Brittiny Fluellen agree that the event is great for the kids.

"The event was well organized and safe for kids," said Huffferman.

Fluellen says she "loves to see all the kids having a good time."

The parade started at 10 a.m. and wrapped up around noon on Saturday.

You catch the parade on 13 WMAZ on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m.

Warner Robins May Spend $28 Million to Expand Sewer Plant

Warner Robins' city council is scheduled Monday to discuss whether to borrow $28.6 million to upgrade the city's sewer plant.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen said the state Environmental Protection Division says the plant needed improvements.

The plant must be upgraded to process 3 million gallons of water a day, he said.

Shaheen says the city's sewer system needs to be expanded and upgraded to attract new industry.

He said, "People talk about alcohol bringing in money, that's just a drop in the bucket, compared to not being able to flush your toilet."

December Almanac

From snow to tornadoes, Meteorologist John Boyer explains what December weather can bring to Central Georgia.  He also takes a look ahead at the climate predictions and important astronomical events.

Project Giving Helps Local Families Dealing With Illness

Project Giving is a local charity that focuses on providing financial and emotional help to Georgia families that are dealing with a chronic illness.

"When you have a chronic medical illness, they are the families who are most vulnerable, the most weak, and the most frail," said Toni Henson Slade, the Executive Director of Project Giving. "Who doesn't want to jump in the lives of those families?"

The Warner-Robins based organization helps these family with a range of expenses, depending upon the need of the family. They have helped families with such big expenses as a mortgage payment to even the smallest expenses like quarters for the vending machines at the hospitals.

During the holidays, they run a Christmas adoption. Project Giving asks local educators which families need help during the holidays. Toni Henson said the teachers really know which of their students are in need.