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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Students, teachers save abandoned dogs

Students, teachers save abandoned dogs

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A stray dog has a wonderful new home after being rescued by students and teachers at Newton College and Career Academy.

Two teachers -- agriculture instructor Marcus Pollard and fashion design instructor Heather Fuller -- and University of Georgia student teacher Kayleigh Plummer spotted three dogs wandering near the school entrance. The faculty members brought the dogs inside to veterinary science teacher Beth Galloway's classroom, where students washed them.

The dogs were then taken to a vet's office, where professionals determined two of them were too injured or ill to save.

"I told the students that they should be happy that the dogs were shown love and care at the end of their lives, because it was apparent that they had been badly mistreated," Galloway said.

A Random Act of Kindness for DIY'ers at Home Depot in Covington

A Random Act of Kindness for DIY'ers at Home Depot in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The weather is warming up and folks are beginning do-it-yourself projects that require more than a few trips to Home Depot.

For today's Random Act of Kindness, Karyn gives DIY'ers a little surprise while they shop.

Do you know someone who deserves a Random Act of Kindness? Nominate them today!

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."

Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

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.

Meet this year's Kids Who Care

Meet this year's Kids Who Care

ATLANTA -- 11Alive has named its six 2013 Kids Who Care winners.

The outstanding Atlanta-area teens were recently honored with $1,100 scholarships and certificates of excellence. A TV special dedicated to their many accomplishments will air on 11Alive Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Kids Who Care:

Tiffani Alexander, Covington
Tiffani is homeschooled and works with abused children in Rockdale County, helping them find ways to channel their feelings into something positive.