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Random Acts of Kindness: Kayla Griffith

Random Acts of Kindness: Kayla Griffith

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Every morning, we try to brighten your day with a Random Act of Kindness. Today's Random Act is for Kayla from Covington. 

Kayla's mother-in-law Sharon thinks of Kayla as her own daughter. Kayla recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, but is struggling to afford all the necessary baby items every new mom needs. 

Thanks to a tip from Sharon and an anonymous donation, 11Alive was able to provide Kayla and her baby with a wonderful gift.

Random Acts of Kindness: Linda Slater

Random Acts of Kindness: Linda Slater

COVINGTON, Ga. -- As we continue this week honoring special moms, today's Random Act of Kindness is for Linda Slater from Covington. 

For over 30 years, Linda has been a devoted caretaker for her 98-year-old mother and loving husband who suffers from diabetes. 

Between taking both of them to doctor appointments, Linda has a hard time maintaining her own health. Just 3 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and today is proud to be cancer-free. 

With the help of her daughter Monique, 11Alive was able to recognize Linda for the wonderful mother and giving person she truly is. 

R.E.A.C.H. Covington Neighborhood Meeting set for Saturday

R.E.A.C.H. Covington Neighborhood Meeting set for Saturday

COVINGTON, Ga. -- the R.E.A.C.H. Covington Neighborhood Meeting is being held on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to attend the meeting, scheduled for the Nelson Heights Community Center at 7200 Laseter Street. Hot dogs, soft drinks and cookies will be served. 

According to the City of Covington, the meeting is a chance for locals to visit with Covington's elected officials and department heads.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Shop with a Hero returns for Christmas

Shop with a Hero returns for Christmas

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Newton County will host its annual Shop with a Hero program Thursday.

The holiday event pairs members of the Covington Police Department, Fire Department and Newton County 911 Center with disadvantaged children for a shopping spree at Walmart.

Each child receives $100 to spend as he or she pleases, according to Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom. The money comes from a Walmart grant and the Covington Police Who Care campaign.

This year, 33 Newton County kids will benefit from Shop with a Hero. They will go shopping Thursday at 4 p.m.

Newton County Can-a-Thon a huge success

Newton County Can-a-Thon a huge success

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Newton County School System Can-a-Thon was enormously successful, with students across the county donating more than 16,000 canned goods for families in need.

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Oak Hill Elementary School was the big winner with 2,800 cans collected. Mansfield Elementary School placed second with 2,000 cans collected.

The food will go to the Salvation Army and a local food pantry.

"We are proud of the students and employees who participated in the Can-a-Thon," superintendent Gary Mathews said in a statement. "Our school district has always been very supportive of community needs. To collect over 16,000 cans of food is a tremendous accomplishment."

Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history

Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The city of Covington, better know as the Hollywood of the South, is about to unveil a project similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Covington Walk of Stars will feature concrete pavers with the names of actors and productions filmed in Newton County. Over the years, the town and its picturesque square have been transformed into Hazzard County for the popular TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard"; Sparta, Miss., for "In the Heat of the Night"; and, most recently, Mystic Falls, Va., for "The Vampire Diaries."

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Dozens of major films also feature scenes shot in Covington, including My Cousin Vinny, Sweet Home Alabama, Remember the Titans, Madea's Family Reunion, the 2011 remake of Footloose and the new blockbuster Flight.