Meet Sloan and Lilian

Sloan Lanham and Lilian Sanford are third graders and live in Buckhead.

“We’re Sloan and Lillian, two friends who met in first grade. We started with a lemonade stand to benefit guide dogs and the race. We have had a great year planning this event together. We invite our community to come out and enjoy a fun run while supporting an organization we felt could use more support. They are supported 100% by donations and recipients do not pay for the dogs.”

These young entreprenuers planned a 5K race to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind, raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a disability and empower children to do the event planning. When Sloan lost her dog (a retired guide dog), around the time the family moved to Atlanta, she decided to start to fill that void by working to help others who depended on their dogs. Paws on the Pavement benefits Guide Dogs for the Blind, the largest provider of free, fully trained service dogs to those in need–serving the United States and Canada. The run took place last month and we couldn’t be more proud of these two superstars!

Lend a hand:

Go to and support the girls, start training for next year’s event or go to to see how their hard work is making a difference.

Meet Jack

Jack Ellenburg is 11 years old and lives in Buckhead.

“When I was 10 years old, I began to realize there are people in the world who do not have basic items like clothes, food, a bed, and a place to live.  My heart was saddened for them.  I couldn’t believe that some of these people were children and they live right here in Atlanta. I knew that I wanted to do something to help. I spent some time researching the needs of homeless children in my city.  One of the items the shelter needed most was clean, new socks. It was with this in mind that I started to gather donations of clean, new socks for the homeless children in Atlanta. I started this project in 2015 and have gathered over 1,280 pairs of clean new socks for the Atlanta Mission. I want to thank hundreds of donors who have donated and who continue to support these children in need.  Even something small can turn into something big if we all work together for good.” 

Jack attends The Schenck School. He plays Buckhead Baseball, soccer and basketball but we think what makes him so special is his big heart and willingness to spend his time helping others much less fortunate. Three cheers for Jack! 

Lend a hand:

Go to and click on “donate now” to link up with a JaxSox wish list of socks for the homeless. 



Meet Renesha

Renesha Ragin, Brookhaven

Renesha is a real estate specialist with Northside Hospital Property Management and Northside employee volunteer

“Volunteering is my passion and it uplifts my spirit to give back to my community. A smile and a helping hand goes a long way. My motivation is to spread awareness and make it contagious to the people you surround yourself with.”

Renesha leads Northside’s MS Walk team, is a March for Babies team captain, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Community Food Bank and Northside’s annual Day of Giving. Called “a star volunteer” by her peers, she often recruits her coworkers for volunteer projects. 


Meet Rebecca Guinn

Rebecca Guinn founded Lifeline and Lifeline runs the shelters for Fulton and Dekalb Counties.

“I am passionate about providing humane and affordable methods for people to help reduce the cat population and save cats from being neglected and starving on the streets.”

Lend a hand:

1) Volunteer at the Chamblee or Avondale locations and interact with animals that need to build trust with humans.  Animals cannot be adopted unless they are able to overcome past abuse and fear and experience a positive, gentle and loving experience with a human.

2) Foster a senior pet or a pet that is black in color. It is heartbreaking that senior pets are abandoned at the shelter because the current owners no longer want the daily work or maintenance of caring for a loyal companion. Pets that are black in color are the least adopted.  

3) Donate to the Amazon wish list that Lifeline has posted with products desperately needed to assist the massive volume of kittens and puppies that have inundated the shelter during 2018.