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Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta Celebrate the Winter Holiday Season

Post Date:12/15/2010
Mayor Reed, the Atlanta City Council & the City of Atlanta to give away college scholarships, host clothing, food and toy drives and visit seniors throughout the city during December

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed will participate in a series of winter holiday events to celebrate the season, assist Atlantans in need, and thank Atlanta residents for their contributions to their communities and neighbors during this special time of year.

“During the winter holiday season, we celebrate the things that are most important to us and we give back to those who are in need,” Mayor Kasim Reed said. “I appreciate all of the residents, City employees and community volunteers who constantly give of themselves to those who are less fortunate. The City of Atlanta is a better place because of their efforts.”

Throughout the month of December, Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta will participate in annual celebrations across the city that bring together children and families and spread holiday cheer.

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services kicks off this year’s winter holiday season this week with a special salute to Atlanta’s senior citizens. From December 14 through December 22, city staff will visit independent living high-rise buildings throughout the city, sharing in Christmas carols and providing seniors with food and meals for the holidays.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Local 623, the recognized labor union for the Atlanta Police Department, holds its annual Santa Cop Event today. Lead by Police Chief George Turner, the men and women in blue from all departments — REDDOG, the Mounted Patrol and several disabled officers — will provide 40 children from different neighborhoods around the city with a fun-filled day of food and Christmas shopping.

Starting at 8 am, the children will be dropped off at the Target department store located in Atlantic Station, where they will travel by shuttle service to the Hard Rock Café (209 Peachtree St. on the corner of Peachtree St. @ Andrew Young International) to enjoy a breakfast buffet from 9 until 10 am. Following breakfast, the children will enjoy a morning of shopping at Target from 10:30 am until noon. Each child will be armed with $200 and an Atlanta Police Officer to help them select items that will make their Christmas dreams come true.

On December 17, 2010, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, there will be a holiday celebration for Anderson Park Center's Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL) kids. PAL kids from A. D. Williams Recreation Center will also participate in celebration.

Throughout this week, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and Atlanta City Council members will host their annual holiday community food drive campaign, hoping to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, soups and stews, baby food, canned tuna, beans or rice, pasta, cereal, and bottled water and juices. City Council is requesting that those interested in joining the food drive campaign donate their items by 3 pm on Friday, December 17, 2010.

“This year, more than ever, local food banks need help from the community,” President Mitchell said. “The need is great and the Atlanta City Council is pleased to be able to offer some much-needed relief to families not only in the City of Atlanta, but in surrounding communities.”

To join the campaign, call your City Council representative’s office at 404-330-6030. The items will be donated to the Atlanta Food Bank and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless on Wednesday, December 22.

“Two years ago, the Atlanta Food Bank was serving 60,000 people each month. Now each month, we’re serving 130,000 people, one-third of them children,” said Bill Bolling, CEO of the Atlanta Food Bank.”

With the holidays right around the corner, and the cold winter months looming, officials anticipate that even more Atlantans will turn to food pantries for help.

“Once families already struggling to make ends meet begin to receive higher heating bills, they will be faced with the difficult choice of heat or eat,” said Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. “Right now, we’re hoping for the community’s continued generosity to ensure that no one in the City of Atlanta goes hungry this season.”

On Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 11 am to 3 pm, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Fire Station 16 will host its 40th annual Christmas party for disadvantaged children and their families who live in the Washington Park, Vine City, and English Avenue communities. The food drive will take place at the fire station, located at 1048 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard; Atlanta, Georgia 30314.

In addition to toys and school supplies provided to many Atlanta children, at least eight $500 scholarships will be given away to deserving graduating high school seniors entering college. Dinner for the Christmas party will be provided and served by Church’s Chicken.

The City of Atlanta Department of Corrections will join in the holiday events with their 28th Annual Holiday Food Drive at 10 am on December 22, 2010.

Interim Chief of Corrections Patrick Labat will host this event in conjunction with Grady Hospital Social Services and Jackson Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Gregory Sutton at the City of Atlanta Detention Center Auditorium, located at 254 Peachtree Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Together, they will assist more than 150 local families by providing them with food for the holidays.

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