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Atlantans step forward to help the less fortunate

6:24 PM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA- For those less fortunate, a bountiful Christmas feast and a haul of presents isn't always a sure thing.  That's why groups and organizations all over the metro area are stepping forward to help.  Here's a look at three that sprung into action on Friday:

Hosea Feed the Hungry held their Christmas Children's Party.  1000 volunteers gave out food and toys to 1500 children.  The MARTA Employee Charity Club had a toy giveaway for 6000 kids at their annual Holiday Shop.  It was funded by voluntary contributions from MARTA employees.   Jackson Healthcare also had their Christmas party for Georgia foster Children. 

The event is personal for CEO Rick Jackson.  He now runs the third largest healthcare staffing company in the country.  But he was once a child in foster care.  He said he knows how it feels to spend a Christmas alone.  That's what drives him to partner with Faithbridge Foster Care to help as many kids as he can.

"It's a difficult time of the year when you're not with your biological parents and you don't get anything for Christmas," Jackson said.  "We just want them to know that somebody cares about them."

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