Kroger effort raises money for Salvation Army

Customers and associates of Kroger's Atlanta Division raised more than $470,000 to support The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign, during the 2009 holiday season.

The kettles were placed in front of stores in 13 metro-Atlanta counties from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, and were staffed by Salvation Army volunteers, including many Kroger associates. The Salvation Army estimates that 25,000 bell ringers participate in the Red Kettle campaign annually.

About 83 cents of every dollar from the Red Kettle fund-raiser is used on direct social services to help people in need. The Salvation Army uses the funds to provide assistance to more than 29 million people in 5,000 communities across the country. In the metro-Atlanta area, The Salvation Army assisted more than 361,000 people this past year by providing food for the hungry, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, disaster relief and assistance to the disabled.

New associates join real estate agency

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers has announced that 147 new sales associates have joined the company this month, seven of which will work out of the McDonough and Clayton County offices.

Michelle Bagby, Tamra Blanchard, Michelle Ferguson, Wanda Mondy and Ghais Shakir will work out of the agency's McDonough office, at 1401 Ga. Highway 20 West. Ahmed Rajahn and Pandora Swint will work out of the Clayton County office, at 1500 Mount Zion Road, Suite 207, Morrow.

Bringing several years of real estate, sales and marketing experience to the company, the new sales associates will focus on residential home buying and selling needs. To contact Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, call (404) 843-2500, or visit www.metrobrokers.com.

Food Lion Foundation donates to food pantry

The Helping In His Name Ministries, Inc., food pantry recently received $1,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation, Inc., a subsidiary of the Brussels-based Delhaize Group. The food pantry plans to use the gift to purchase food for the hungry and needy in Henry County, according to Nola Love, president of Helping In His Name Ministries.

"I am so grateful to Food Lion Charitable Foundation for their heart of giving," Love said. She said Food Lion stores in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, and College Park have contributed to the food pantry's efforts over the past several months.

"Because of their generosity, we have been able to give more food to our clients," Love said. "It is our desire to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting and encourage them that there are better days ahead."

To learn more about the food pantry, call (678) 565-6135 or visit www.helpinginhisname.org.

-- From Staff Reports