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An Evening with Santa

An Evening with Santa

Take photos with Santa at the Byron City Complex in downtown Byron on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands.

Fort Valley Parade Scheduled for Saturday

Fort Valley Parade Scheduled for Saturday

on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m., the Fort Valley Parade will begin in front of the Blue Bird parking lot and will proceed downtown.

The parade will end at the intersection of Camillia and College St.

For a listing of community holiday parades, click here.

13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters

13 Days of Giving: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia serves children in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson Counties.  

They have been providing help for community kids since 1953.   Children who have mentors go to school more often, get higher grades, get along with others better, and have higher levels of self esteem.

To help with this project you can volunteer to be a mentor, or donate holiday items for families.

For more information on how you can help with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, call 478-745-3984, e-mail agency@bbbsheartga.org or visit www.bbbsheartga.org

We'll have more on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

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.


Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

Operation Christmas Child to Gather Gifts

Christmas is arriving early in Byron, as Byron United Methodist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

According to Operation Christmas Child Media Relations Specialist Joy Ugi, organizers hope to raise 53,000 shoe box donations in the Byron area and will be collecting the shoe box donations Nov. 15-22.

Last year, Byron United Methodist Church contributed 48,338 shoe box donations to Operation Christmas Child.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Byron residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

From Byron, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children worldwide.

Holiday Bazaar to Benefit Crawford Counseling Center

Where: David Bailey Park on the square in Roberta

When: Saturday, Nov. 20 starting at 2 p.m.

Live entertainment from 2-5 p.m.

Chuck Wagon will have hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and rib plates for sale. Ribs and Bost butts will be on sale from 2-6 p.m.

Attendees will also be able to visit the Sugar Plum Bake Shoppe, Kris Kringle's Casseroles, Gifts and Decorations at Mrs. Santa's Gifts & Goodies Shoppe.

Supper and photo with Santa, Rudolph's Hayride and Santa's Express Train ride will be available for children.

Tree Lighting to include Christmas caroling and a reading of  "A Christmas Story", sponsored by Robert Crawford County Chamber of Commerce begins at 6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Crawford Counseling Center.