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Here's the 'Good News' happening across Central Georgia (January 16-22)

A look back on the week that was!

MACON, Ga. — 1. Griffin leaders see outpouring of help from volunteers after tornado

Recovery efforts continue in parts of Georgia after a deadly tornado ripped through the area last week. Over 1,000 people are still without power and hundreds are homeless, according to city officials. Church members from The Factory in Woodstock grilled out food on Monday for volunteers and residents, as dozens of people went door to door with water, food and their chainsaws. “We got a team together about 50 people… we’re in three different locations right now – just to help out," explained James Robinson, a member of The Factory.

2. Alligator farmer, pastor travels seven hours to bless Griffin storm victims

Alligator farmer and pastor Nathan Wells said he drove seven hours from his hometown in Louisiana Tuesday morning with $20,000 in his hand. Never visiting Griffin before, Wells said he called a reptile taxidermist to see what areas were hit the hardest. “I called them this morning to pinpoint some areas to go to," Wells said. The alligator farmer said after hearing the news about those impacted by recent storms, he felt called to "bless them." “You cannot describe the number of blessings you get from giving," Wells added.

3. 'I'm the luckiest man in the world' | Georgia man with terminal cancer gets wheelchair for his furry best friend

A Georgia man with terminal cancer is raising money, but not for himself.  Andrew Kuzyk said his final wish is to get a wheelchair for his dog, Champ, who was born with no front legs. Kuzyk contacted 11Alive as he was attempting to raise money for the wheelchair. He said he and his wife were unable to afford one, as they'd spent nearly everything they had on his numerous medical bills.

4. Downtown businesses raise money for Macon restaurant employee suffering from liver failure

Daron Kline is described as a hard worker, caring, and unique. It was no surprise that the care and love he showed would return to him. "We're doing a benefit's show for Daron Kline," Brandon Lawler, owner of JBA Macon said. In October, Kline was diagnosed with late-stage liver failure. Kline worked at Kudzu Seafood Company on Poplar Street. He had to stop working to focus on his health. His friends and family put together a show at JBA to raise money for him. Lawler says helping Kline is exciting. 

5. With outdated gym equipment, Roswell first responders receive generous donation from Orangetheory

Thanks to a donation from the Roswell Orangetheory Fitness, every police and fire station in Roswell is getting new fitness equipment. "It's a high stress environment, a high stress job," said Deputy fire chief Shane Dobson. “Physical exercise gives us an outlet for that stress, and it's something that's important to us, too. There's not enough importance that could be put on the physical aspect of this job. But as far as like a large commercial treadmill, we don't typically have that kind of equipment.”

6. 'Love, peace, & joy': Macon celebrates Martin Luther King Jr's legacy

A civil-rights activist and a Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. is an important figure in Georgia's history. Monday is the day Macon celebrates him. From breakfasts to a march, the 16th is chock full of events honoring Dr. King's legacy. City Hall was the center of what Mayor Lester Miller says was the gathering place of over a thousand people for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. It all started with a march. "Love, peace and joy. Those are the things MLK stood for," says Erin Jones. 

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