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Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

Eat at Chili's to help Toys for Tots

(WXIA) -- 'Tis the season to give, and Chili's Grill & Bar is allowing customers to do just that.

On Monday, Dec. 9, Chili's diners can make a donation to Marine Toys for Tots by eating at one of the restaurant chain's many locations.

Simply mention the Toys for Tots fundraiser to a Chili's server for 10 percent of the check to be given to the organization.

Learn more and find your nearest Chili's at chilis.com.

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

(WXIA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Chili's is giving customers an easy way to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Chili's diners have the option of donating 10 percent of their checks to the charity, which supports injured military personnel and veterans.

Simply download the flyer from the Chili's website and present it to a server to make a donation.

Vets and military members who eat at Chili's on Veterans Day -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- will be treated to free entrées.

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

Random Acts of Kindness: Mott Family

Random Acts of Kindness: Mott Family

LILBURN, Ga. -- Today's random act of kindness is for the Mott family. 

A year ago, the Motts' lives changed forever. Their daughter Anna's brain tumor diagnosis changed everything, and ever since they've shown faith, strength, and determination to continue throughout their tough journey. 

Recently Anna's mother Melissa mentioned on Facebook about how her family desperately needed a new blender. Anna's medical condition restricts her diet, and having a blender would make it easier for Melissa to cook meals Anna could eat. 

However, because of medical bills and everyday expenses, Melissa couldn't afford to buy one on her own. Thanks to a tip from a family friend, 11Alive reached out to Vitamix, who make high performance blenders. 

Thanks to the generous donation, 11Alive was able to present this family with a special random act of kindness. 

Police department donates bicycles to Goodwill

Police department donates bicycles to Goodwill

LILBURN, Ga. -- The Lilburn Police Department recently donated 11 bicycles to Goodwill for needy families to receive and enjoy.

All 11 bikes were turned in to the police department. They were donated only after their owners could not be located.

"It was an easy decision for me to offer these donations to those who would otherwise miss the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of cycling," Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said in a statement. He added that his other options were to destroy the bikes or sell them for scrap metal.

Where to buy a very affordable home in metro Atlanta

Where to buy a very affordable home in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- CNNMoney has unveiled its 2013 list of the Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Two metro Atlanta towns -- Suwanee in Gwinnett County and Peachtree City in Fayette County -- made the list of 50. But other locations had much lower housing prices.

Two more Atlanta suburbs made another CNNMoney list: the 25 towns where homes are most affordable.

At No. 4, Powder Springs offers homes for a median price of $85,000.

According to CNNMoney:

Families love Powder Springs's charming downtown and pleasant quality of life. They also appreciate its reasonable real estate prices: Three-bedroom homes are on the market here for $75,000 or less.

Lilburn becomes sister cities with Suhareka, Kosovo

Lilburn becomes sister cities with Suhareka, Kosovo

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn has expanded its global connections by becoming the sister city of Suhareka, Kosovo.

More than 20 dignitaries from both Kosovo and Gwinnett County recently came together for a special dinner honoring the partnership.

"I am delighted that the city of Lilburn and Suhareka have joined as sister cities," Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist said in a statement. "Our cities will strengthen each other through the exchange of ideas and the relationships formed through this new bond."

Suhareka Mayor Blerim Kuqi will be in Lilburn through Wednesday with a team of educators, medical professionals and government officials from his country. Crist plans to bring a group of prominent Lilburn citizens with him when he visits Kosovo in September.