Author: Atlanta Senior Life Staff

Cathedral Thrift House in Buckhead

Offers Deals and community care for 70 Years The Cathedral of St. Philip Thrift House, which began in 1947 in a church basement, has grown into a 6,600-square-foot warehouse, but its mission to serve the community by selling quality goods at affordable prices remains the same. So does giving 100 percent of the profits back to local charities. Most of the donations to the Cathedral Thrift House come from parishioners of the church on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. As a result, the Thrift House and its customers see a wide range of high-quality inventory, from Baccarat crystal and collectible...

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Cops Share Holiday Safety Tips

Law enforcement officials are spreading the word to help keep shoppers safe this holiday, offering several safety tips to keep the season bright. Sandy Springs Officer Forrest Bohannon reminded everyone to “stay alert and be aware of everybody around you.” Dunwoody Traffic Enforcement Officer Christopher Irwin said people should think ahead and place valuables in their car trunk before getting to the mall or even throughout the year when heading to the gym. “People go shopping and they’ll come out and put stuff in their trunk, but what people don’t realize is that the criminals are actually out in...

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Tips for Selecting Medicare Coverage before Dec. 7 Deadline

Submitted by Bill White – Georgia Medicare Vice President, Humana If you have Medicare but haven’t selected a 2017 Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan, the Dec. 7 annual enrollment deadline is quickly approaching. Here are five simple steps to help you make the best decision: Review your current Medicare health plan.  Analyze how much you’ve spent on health care during the past year, including hospital expenses, prescriptions and doctor bills. This helps you benchmark your 2017 health care expenses and determine if your current Medicare plan still meets your needs. Select the type of Medicare plan that best fits...

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Nonprofits can use your help this holiday season

Thanksgiving and Christmas are for family gatherings, but can also be times to give back. There are plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area that can use your help during the holiday season. Here are some nonprofits where you can donate your time and money. Atlanta Community Food Bank The Atlanta Community Food Bank has gathered nonperishable foods for decades, but is starting to get creative. From Nov. 7-18, teams of architects and engineers will design giant sculptures of donated canned goods and boxes that nearly reach the ceiling. Add to the Canstruction at 171 and 201 17th Street...

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Legendary Volunteer

Tom Umstead is the type of person who can turn a newspaper’s photo op into an opportunity for charitable giving. That’s exactly what he did one recent morning. Umstead visited the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite to have his portrait made to run with this article. He appeared with his car’s trunk full of food, flowers and baby-care items he’d collected for the charity. Umstead, or “Mr. Tom” to those that know him, isn’t your typical part-time community volunteer. At age 82, he gives his time to several local charities and says he’s involved in one volunteer job...

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