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Hall County celebrates victims' rights

Hall County celebrates victims' rights

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County will recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week this Apr. 19-25. The annual event honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Throughout April, Hall County officials will celebrate local agencies that support crime victims, such as Children's Center for Hope and Healing, New Hope Counseling, Family Connection, and Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates.

"Hall County is incredibly fortunate to have these outstanding agencies which serve as valuable resources for crime victims," county solicitor Stephanie Woodard said in a statement. "By engaging these agencies, we are able to better serve all victims of crime and provide the necessary support they need to heal."

Children's patient's Super Bowl dream comes true

Children's patient's Super Bowl dream comes true

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tariq Jalil is a standout football player at Flowery Branch High School. He has also had to fight hard to stay on the field.

Jalil suffered two torn ACLs. He rehabbed his injuries at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, losing more than a year of play time in the sport that is his passion.

Just days before he was set to take the field again, the home Jalil shared with his mother burned to the ground. They lost everything. But the teen persevered, returning to play at the top of his game.

Last Wednesday, Jalil thought he was returning to Children's for a regular checkup. Instead, he was greeted by a large group from RE/MAX, who had heard his amazing story. To Jalil's amazement, they told him that he and his mom were going to the Super Bowl. Everything was paid for -- airfare, hotel and tickets to the big game.

Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- People aren't the only ones who will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this week.

The Hall County Animal Shelter will serve a special meal to its pets. The animals will eat chicken and rice on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"(The pets) usually only get dry kibble, and we thought they'd really enjoy something special," shelter volunteer coordinator Susan Allen said.

Members of the community are invited to help too.

"If you can donate $5 or if you can cook up a pot of chicken and rice yourself and deliver it to the shelter, we can make this happen," shelter program coordinator Cindy Langman said.

The Hall County Animal Shelter is located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Visit kohlskids.com for more information

Georgia's Safest Cities: 11-20

Georgia's Safest Cities: 11-20

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 11 through 20 include:

11. Canton
12. Hampton
13. Roswell
14. Acworth
15. Alpharetta
16. Commerce
17. Duluth
18. Flowery Branch
19. Suwanee
20. Grovetown