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Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Department of Aging and Youth will host the “2014 Community Cares” Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature an evening of family fun and distribution of toys. The Metro Family Fun Center is located at 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW.

Community partners supporting the event with entertainment, food, resources and giveaways include Fulton County Aging and Youth Department, Office of Children and Youth, Walmart, Music Education Group, Treasure Chest, Inc., NFL Players Association, local fraternities and sororities and other community sponsors.

Fulton County 4-H Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family

Fulton County 4-H Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County 4-H is hosting a Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Fulton Camp Truitt located at 4300 Herschel Road in College Park. Families will enjoy trick or treating, carnival games and crafts, a pumpkin push contest, a pumpkin ring toss, a bobbing for gummy bears contest, and many more fun activities. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The Fall Festival is a good time to learn about 4-H and how the program positively  affect their lives by assisting them in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

For more information about the Fulton County 4-H Fall Festival, call 404-762-4085. For more information about Fulton County Cooperative Extension call 404-332-2400.

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

ATLANTA -- We all know that humor -- and song lyrics -- help people learn.

The Atlanta Fire Department hopes for a lot of laughs in addition to fire safety preparation with the video its firefighters made for Fire Safety Prevention Month.

The firefighters changed the words to the Doors' "Light My Fire" -- with hilarious results. A spokeswoman for the fire department put it best: "We are well aware that it's a good thing these folks have real jobs."


See more fun Atlanta Alive moments here.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is seeking adults interested in becoming a mentor to make a difference in the life of a child enrolled in 4-H. The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has a long, established history of making a positive impact in the lives of young people,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A lot is expected of our mentors because we believe the mentors receive a lot from helping young people chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world.”

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.

Seniors have the power to stop a fire before it starts

Seniors have the power to stop a fire before it starts

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year, approximately 1,100 Americans ages 65 and older die as a result of a home fire. During National Preparedness Month, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) reminds senior residents they have the power to stop a fire before it starts.

About 3,400 Americans die each year in fires and about 17,500 are injured. According the United State Fire Administration, compared to the rest of the U. S. population, people between 65 and 74 are nearly twice as likely to die in a fire.

The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department believes the best fire prevention is fire education and encourages seniors to learn how to protect themselves and their property from a house fire.

With a few simple steps, older people can dramatically reduce their risk of death and injury from fire.

Stop the fire before it starts:

Over 300 turn out for end of 2014 Fulton Fresh Farmers Market

Over 300 turn out for end of 2014 Fulton Fresh Farmers Market

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market program ended its fourth season on August 27, 2014 with over 300 participants who attended the ceremony to celebrate the program that provided approximately 32 tons of fresh produce to more than 7,000 residents in 24 Fulton County communities.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and courses on how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they received. 

Information about Cooperative Extension and other county services was made available as well as healthy treats and fresh produce from the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market.

For more information on Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market and Fulton County Cooperative Extension, call 404-332-2400.