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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- On this Giving Tuesday, ABC 7 Chicago kicks off our Feed the Love campaign.The need for food for families this holiday season is greater than ever.There has been double the demand for food this year at three local food banks.Many families are out of work, dealing with medical bills or just scraping to get by.ABC 7 and the Walt Disney Company presented separate checks to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.You can donate to these organizations by texting "ABC 7 Feed" to 50155 or by clicking HERE.
    President Donald Trump has raised approximately $170 million since Election Day, as he continues to attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Most of the money came in the week after the election, according to The New York Times. In the past month, Trump and his legal team have repeatedly alleged widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In multiple emails asking for money, Trump’s campaign has told supporters that donations go to an “Election Defense Fund.” Seventy-five percent of donations go to Trump’s Save America PAC, the emails say. The remaining quarter of donations go to the Republican National Committee. (RELATED: Trump May Already Be The 2024 Frontrunner, Poll Shows) Additionally, a donor must give $5,000 to the Save America Pact before any funds go to the RNC or Trump’s election recount efforts, the Times reported. If supporters first donate money online, they are also automatically opted into...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A new campaign this holiday season is encouraging New Yorkers to give the gift of life.Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday joined the New York Blood Center (NYBC) to unveil GiveBloodNYC. Their goal is to collect 25,000 blood, plasma, and platelet donations throughout the season of giving.From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, officials say New Yorkers will be eligible for one of 50 prizes after they donate blood.Donors are encouraged to post photos of themselves to spread the word at donor centers and blood drive locations with the hashtag #GiveBloodNYC."Giving blood makes a difference," de Blasio said. "It's an easy, meaningful way to give back to your community this holiday season, and I urge New Yorkers to join the fight this month to keep New York City healthy."The COVID-19 pandemic has created a chronic deficit in blood donations needed for patients in the hospitals served by the...
    VIDEO1:4501:45Warren Buffett donates $2.9 billion to several different philanthropic foundationsSquawk Box Many charities have seen a surge in donations since the coronavirus crisis began. Now, on Giving Tuesday, pandemic-related nonprofits could get an unprecedented extra bump. Charitable donations generally get a big boost on "Giving Tuesday," a single day specifically focused on charity in the shopping-heavy week after Thanksgiving. Last year, the #GivingTuesday effort raised nearly $2 billion in the U.S. alone. This year, "people are stepping up to take care of their communities," said Woodrow Rosenbaum, chief data officer at GivingTuesday, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the event. "The more people are concerned about Covid, the more likely they are to be generous." More from Personal Finance:Here's what to do before making a charitable donation Anti-spending movement gains speed ahead of the holidaysPandemic sends most young adults home to mom and dad Even as the coronavirus outbreak caused unemployment...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- "Giving Tuesday" has raised millions for charities over the years, but if you're donating, you want to make sure your money is going to a reputable organization.Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau: First, double-check the charity's name. Groups that support the same cause, often have similar names. Also, carefully review the charity's website. The Better Business Bureau says responsible charities will list information about their goals, achievements, and finances. RELATED: Marines continue Toys for Tots donation drive amid coronavirus pandemicAvoid making on-the-spot donations to groups you're not familiar with. Don't give in to pressure. Take your time and do some research. And finally, don't assume your donation will be tax-deductible. The IRS has a tool on their website for checking a charity's tax status. ALSO SEE: Salvation Army receives 1st Red Kettle gold donations of 2020 holiday season
    The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division said it received its first gold donations of the 2020 Christmas season.A pair of generous donations were dropped in two of their Red Kettles over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.A 1-ounce 2005 $50 American Gold Eagle coin was dropped into a kettle outside a Jewel-Osco in Bartlett on Saturday.The Salvation Army Tri-Corps Center in St. Charles will receive the anonymous donation which is worth an estimated $1,900, according to a release.Later that day, a 1-ounce fine gold bar was dropped into a kettle outside a Jewel-Osco in Mundelein.The donation, also worth an estimated $1,900 will help fund programs and services at the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps, officials said.The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign dates back to 1891 in San Francisco.The Salvation Army said it launched the Rescue Christmas campaign nearly two months early in 2020 to meet the unprecedented need.Some area locations have seen as much...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The Chicagoland Toys For Tots has been canceled this year, but the organization is still in need of donations. The group usually collects more than 30,000 toys each holiday season. This year, the organizers are seeing an increase in people reaching out in need of help. They have already received more than 6,000 letters from families and the donation goal has not been reached. If you would like to help out, donations can be made online. Money donated will be used to purchase gifts for families in need this holiday season. Also From CBS Chicago: At Least 42 Shot, 11 Killed In Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Violence Lake Shore Drive Crash Almost Becomes Hit-And-Run; Police Catch Driver Rev. David Ryan Removed From St. Francis De Sales Parish In Lake Zurich After Allegations Of Sexual Abuse When He Was At Maryville Academy
    If you’re fortunate enough to be able to donate money this year, plenty of causes need your attention. In a year like 2020, choosing where to direct your dollars is like picking your favorite child. Should your money go toward nonprofits providing basic needs, organizations fighting for social justice or a campaign to help local small businesses stay afloat? If you prefer donating your time, how do you give back when volunteer events are limited by the pandemic? Here’s a guide to prioritizing your donations, taking advantage of special tax deductions for 2020 giving and using your holiday spending to make a difference. TAX BENEFITS OF GIVING DURING THE PANDEMIC Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday, a day earmarked for generosity during the holiday season. This year, in addition to helping those in need, you may be eligible to receive added tax benefits for your donations. As part...
    COVID-19 vaccine makers are aiming for swift government approvals in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, but the pandemic’s finish line remains far away. The vaccine’s distribution and administration on a global scale looms ahead — and that’s where individual donors can make an impact this Giving Tuesday and beyond. To be clear, the coronavirus vaccination effort is anything but a crowd-sourced donation effort. For example, United Kingdom government officials are paying for access to more than 350 million doses across seven developers. And America’s Operation Warp Speed is planning to have 300 million doses ready to go by January alone after investing billions in the initiative. But there are still ways for people to put their money toward the unprecedented vaccination effort — especially with the federal government adding special 2020 tax incentives for people who make up to $300 in charitable contributions. The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- You might be gloating over how much you're saving on Cyber Monday deals, but you might be overlooking a great deal.It's a tax break for giving to charitable organizations. It could give a much need boost to those in need in our pandemic ravaged economy, which is part of Building A Better Bay Area.As you add up how much you've saved, the best deal of all could be a special tax break Congress included in its pandemic relief bill.RELATED: Some Americans facing uncertain future as federal COVID-19 unemployment assistance programs run out"The CARES Act actually enacts a new provision that is going to allow individual taxpayers to deduct up to $300 on cash contributions made by check or credit card or debit card to a qualifying charity," explained Caroline Chen, asst. professor of accounting at San Jose State University.After tax reform three years ago, nine out...
    A top donor for both Republicans and Democrats allegedly sold access to key politicians for millions in foreign cash, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.  Imaad Zuberi, who pleaded guilty to making illegal donations to U.S. candidates on behalf of foreign nationals, reportedly set up meetings between foreign and U.S. politicians while running an unsophisticated straw donor plot.  “Everyone wants to come to Washington to meet people,” Zuberi said in a 2015 email obtained by the AP in which he sought to schedule a meeting between the president of Guinea and a congressman. “We get request(s) for meeting(s) from all scumbag of the world, warlords, kings, queens, presidents for life, military dictators, clan chiefs, tribal chiefs and etc.” The Justice Department’s investigation of Zuberi reportedly only led to charges against a minor associate and did not publicly name the politicians who received donations.  The AP conducted its own investigation, in...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee will accept donations from corporate entities during transition proceedings in the coming weeks, according to disclosures on its online platform. “The Biden Inaugural Committee accepts contributions only from U.S. citizens, lawfully admitted permanent residents, and American corporate entities and associations,” the inaugural committee’s page on donation platform ActBlue says. GSA CHIEF INFORMS BIDEN THAT TRANSITION CAN PROCEED The committee will not accept contributions from lobbyists, political action committees, fossil fuel companies or their executives. The ActBlue page allows a maximum individual donation of $100,000. Incoming presidential administrations regularly accept outside funding to aid with the costs of the transition and inauguration ceremony. Former President Barack Obama was an exception, banning contributions from corporate interests and limited individual donations to $50,000 ahead of his inauguration. The Obama administration accepted corporate donations ahead of his second term. Biden served as vice president in the Obama administration....
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden dance during the Comander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball at the Walter Washington Convention Center January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden's newly formed inaugural committee will accept donations from both individuals and corporations up to $100,000, but will bar contributions from registered lobbyists and the fossil fuel industry. The donation rules were published Monday on the new inauguration website, and they reflect a continuation of the Biden presidential campaign's ban on donations from registered lobbyists and fossil fuel companies, their executives and PACs organized by them. But by green-lighting corporate contributions up to $100,000, the committee offers American businesses and trade associations their first real opportunity to visibly, and monetarily, show support for the incoming administration. Also on Monday, the Biden transition announced the leadership team for the inaugural committee. Tony Allen, the president of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imaad Zuberi once had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But the one-time elite political fundraiser Zuberi has pleaded guilty to campaign finance and foreign lobbying violations and now faces several years in prison. The Associated Press investigated Zuberi’s rise and fall in politics using court records, private emails and interviews with dozens of Zuberi associates. Key takeaways from the AP’s investigation: — Zuberi used an unsophisticated straw donor scheme in which he paid for others’ donations with his credit cards and used cutouts that included a dead person and names of people prosecutors say he made up. At the same time, prosecutors say Zuberi worked for years as an unregistered foreign agent for at least a half dozen countries and officials, including Turkey and...
    By ALAN SUDERMAN and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imaad Zuberi once had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But the one-time elite political fundraiser Zuberi has pleaded guilty to campaign finance and foreign lobbying violations and now faces several years in prison. The Associated Press investigated Zuberi's rise and fall in politics using court records, private emails and interviews with dozens of Zuberi associates. Key takeaways from the AP’s investigation: — Zuberi used an unsophisticated straw donor scheme in which he paid for others’ donations with his credit cards and used cutouts that included a dead person and names of people prosecutors say he made up. At the same time, prosecutors say Zuberi worked for years as an unregistered foreign agent for at least a...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imaad Zuberi once had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But the one-time elite political fundraiser Zuberi has pleaded guilty to campaign finance and foreign lobbying violations and now faces several years in prison. The Associated Press investigated Zuberi’s rise and fall in politics using court records, private emails and interviews with dozens of Zuberi associates. Key takeaways from the AP’s investigation: — Zuberi used an unsophisticated straw donor scheme in which he paid for others’ donations with his credit cards and used cutouts that included a dead person and names of people prosecutors say he made up. At the same time, prosecutors say Zuberi worked for years as an unregistered foreign agent for at least a half dozen countries and officials,...
    As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike – a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. A CIA officer called him the “best connected person I know,” marveling at the depth of his Rolodex. He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump’s then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee. FILE -...
    LOS ANGELES - As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump's inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump's then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi's life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative...
    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — One of the largest outdoor displays of holiday lights in northern Illinois has opened for its 14th year. The Aurora Festival of Lights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday to Sunday. It's a drive-thru event of more than a mile in Phillips Park and will run through Dec. 27. Organizers promise “more dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children.” The event is free, but donations are needed and can be offered online. Because of the pandemic, there will be no volunteers collecting donations at the end of the route. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    By ALAN SUDERMAN and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump’s then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built...
    As the pandemic plows into the holiday season, more than 50 million people are going hungry, according to one estimate. A growing share of Americans say it’s tough to make ends meet and millions are behind on their rent as an eviction moratorium nears its Dec. 31 end. People have plenty of compelling reasons to donate money this Giving Tuesday if they can afford it, but a handy tax code tweak enacted earlier this year provides one more incentive. The so-called “universal charitable deduction” allows non-itemizers to claim a tax break of up to $300 when they file their taxes in 2021. Let’s break that down. Charitable donations are tax deductible, but taxpayers can only claim the deduction on their federal income taxes if they’re itemize the expenses that are eligible for deductions. Along with charitable donations, these expenses include medical expenses, mortgage interest and state and local...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of Colorado nonprofits hope Coloradans will feel generous on Colorado Gives Day. This year it falls on Dec. 8. It’s a day when people can give back and donate to charities of their choice. Community First Foundation and FirstBank are behind the movement to help create a more whole community. “Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $257 million since it began in 2010,” according to the Colorado Gives website. Donations are being accepted. Each charity is recognized and listed as in good standing by the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of State. Donations are tax deductible.
    Getty Deshaun Watson celebrates a touchdown against Detroit. It’s not often an NFL fanbase is actually satisfied with a team for blowing their squad out, but at this point, there’s not much conventional about the Detroit Lions fanbase. No doubt Lions fans were livid and fed up with a 41-25 blowout loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day, but a few days later, the ringing defeat actually ushered in change, with the dramatic firings of Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia. As a result, Lions fans were overjoyed, and have been looking for folks to thank. They’ve identified one such person in Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson had an amazing afternoon at quarterback for Houston, and was a big reason the Texans were able to slaughter the Lions. Now, Lions fans are donating to Watson’s favorite charity to help thank him for...
    Getty Deshaun Watson celebrates a touchdown against Detroit. It’s not often an NFL fanbase is actually satisfied with a team for blowing their squad out, but at this point, there’s not much conventional about the Detroit Lions fanbase. No doubt Lions fans were livid and fed up with a 41-25 blowout loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day, but a few days later, the ringing defeat actually ushered in change, with the dramatic firings of Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia. As a result, Lions fans were overjoyed, and have been looking for folks to thank. They’ve identified one such person in Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson had an amazing afternoon at quarterback for Houston, and was a big reason the Texans were able to slaughter the Lions. Now, Lions fans are donating to Watson’s favorite charity to help thank him for the loss. It’s happening again: This...
    An anonymous donor is matching Salvation Army donations in Alabama through the organization’s Red Kettle Campaign. The donor had agreed to match all red kettle donations made in the Shoals section of Alabama, including Franklin, Lauderdale, and Colbert Counties, WAFF reported. The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraisers of the year. However, potential donors will not see as many red kettles as usual as the campaign has gone virtual due to the pandemic, according to the Salvation Army website. Money that is raised through the Red Kettle Campaign goes toward many of the Salvation Army’s programs, such as feeding the homeless, providing financial assistance, and helping with the upkeep of the Center of Hope Shelter. “I know there are a lot of people out shopping today, but make a special trip tomorrow. If you have been waiting to give, come out tomorrow and give, because...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The day after Thanksgiving is known as "Giving Tuesday," a time to give back.ABC 7 Chicago is partnering with One Simple Wish, an online wish granting site for children and youths in the foster care system or those who have recently aged out, as part of its Feed The Love holiday campaign.JCFS is a part of the One Simple Wish organization.Sally Herschman, director of Child Welfare at JCFS, joined ABC7 Saturday to talk about the organization.JCFS Chicago, a nonprofit social service agency, offers expert, individualized help to support people of all ages and abilities as they strive to live successfully in their community, Herschman said.JCFS Chicago has been working continuously throughout the pandemic to provide critical services to those who depend on them, she said.Visit JCFS.org to make a donation, inquire about becoming a foster parent or learn more about JCFS Chicago and their family of services....
    Q.: I have given shares of securities to my church in past years to fulfill my pledge and gift away the capital gains. As soon as I turn 72 and the RMD kicks in, I can do donations from my IRA too. Is that a better way to go? — Harry A.: Harry, your ability to make charitable donations directly from your IRA is based on age and not dependent... Get the retirement you deserve Retirement Weekly is the only weekly online resource that specializes exclusively in the financial, lifestyle, and health care issues of retirement. Learn More 30-day free trial. Already a subscriber? Log in Prepare for unpredictable life events Get the most benefit from tax laws Build the best portfolio for long-term income Discover estate-planning strategies Advanced Search Submit entry for keyword results Listings Columns Authors Topics Private No results found
    An Austin, Texas, man created an accidental Thanksgiving donation drive using social media.  Gus Cantu, 28, and his girlfriend posted a message on Nextdoor.com, a social networking platform for neighbors, saying he was looking for a few people in need he and his girlfriend could help out.  "Every year, we've wanted to help out a family, and we realized this was the year to do it," Cantu told Fox News. He and his girlfriend were able to keep their jobs during the pandemic, but Cantu said some of their friends and family members haven't been so fortunate.  The response to his message was overwhelming -- in the best way. "Next thing I know, my phone just started blowing up," he said. "I started getting private messages from families who needed a little help, such as food and ... basic necessities." AMERICA TOGETHER: TEEN FIXES AMERICAN FLAGS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES In total, Cantu...
    (CNN)The eldest daughter of the late Jerry Rawlings, a former president of Ghana, has warned against scammers using fake social media accounts that claim to be raising funds for her father's funeral. In a statement posted on Facebook, Zanetor Rawlings said the culprits are purporting to be her or a representative and urging individuals to make donations to funeral arrangements. "The modus operandi of these criminals is to first engage the attention of unsuspecting people who genuinely wish to express their condolence to the MP, then they proceed to solicit for donations for the funeral arrangements," Rawlings, who represents the Klottey Korle constituency in Ghana's parliament, said on Friday.Her office asked the public to be on the lookout and report anyone to the police who engages with them on social media claiming to be her. One example that she posted shows an impersonator sending bank account information to a victim...
    Billionaire Charles Koch told an interviewer that he was “horrified” when political donations failed to buy politicians’ votes on immigration and other issues. “Some of the politicians that we had helped get elected, I would see them on TV, and they would be talking about policies that were antithetical [to our goals] — against immigration, against criminal justice reform, against a more peaceful foreign policy. I was horrified,” he told Axios for a November 24 interview. Koch, whose personal wealth is roughly $50 billion, continued: We had vetted them all and they all seem aligned with our major issues, and on empowering people. And then once they got elected, but — I didn’t expect them to fully agree with us on everything, but to be at least be champions on some of the major ones we were working on and that they said they were — and then do the...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are asking hunters to consider donating their venison to charity this season. The state natural resources division on Wednesday said they are encouraging hunters to give to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides meat to families in need and charitable organizations. Officials said hunters who want to contribute can take their deer to one of 13 certified meat processing centers affiliated with the program. A full list of processing centers can be found on the Division of Natural Resources website. “The average deer will yield about 40 pounds of meat or 100 meals,” said Scott Warner, the division's assistant chief for wildlife diversity. “That amount of food goes a long way to helping those who are less fortunate and addressing food insecurity in our state." Hunters have donated more than 1 million pounds of meat since the program started in 1992,...
    SAN ANTONIO – Next time you ask yourself whether you should donate blood, Kevin and Julie Barton said they hope you think of their family and so many others like them. Last summer, two weeks after their first-born, Logan Cooper Barton, came into their lives, Julie Barton suffered a serious complication. The placenta had gone into her uterine wall. “Knowing that the blood supply was low, I was very fearful,” Julie Barton said. She said she’d heard news reports about the chronic blood shortages at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center due to the pandemic. Despite that, Barton said she received the blood transfusions and plasma she needed because of someone being generous enough to give blood. “To whoever donated blood, you’re my superhero. I will probably never meet you to thank you personally, but right here, right now, I’m saying thank you so much,” Kevin Barton said. “You...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More families than ever before need help this year putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table. For years, we have been asking you to donate to the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund, and each year you give generously to other Pittsburghers in need. This year, you have really outdone yourselves. This year’s Turkey Fund donation drive has shattered the record. People have donated more than $855,000 amid a global pandemic that has left so many hungry and without help. This new record total exceeds the previous one set in 2014 by more than $200,000. The biggest contribution comes from a local school that has been a long-time contributor. The kids at Wexford Elementary raised more than $47,000 this year. Contributions are still being accepted through the end of the year. Stop by any PNC Bank branch. They’ll match donations of $50 or more. You can also...
    Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler announced donations of her fourth-quarter Senate salary this week, noting 10 organizations that are helping those in need across the state of Georgia. Loeffler has donated her salary for all four quarters this year in keeping with her pledge to donate her Senate pay to charitable organizations and nonprofits. From the press release: “Charitable organizations and nonprofits embody the best of Georgia and the best of America, and they play a critical role in fostering thriving communities across our state,” Loeffler said. “This quarter, I’m proud to donate my salary to 10 Georgia-based organizations that are on the frontlines lifting Georgians up and providing life-changing resources and support to so many. As we enter the holiday season, it’s important to give thanks for the selfless sacrifices that so many across our state make for others, and I look...
    Feeding South Florida is a non-profit organization that provides food to 25 percent of the food insecure population in South Florida, a work that was exacerbated by the pandemic and even more this week on the eve of Thanksgiving Day. Thank you. But now the food bank needs everyone’s help. In the midst of the pandemic, last June, this organization received up to 160 cargo trucks a week with food donations. This month there have been only 14 trucks, that’s how serious the situation is. About 4 million pounds of food is stored in a South Florida warehouse, which is the equivalent of a week of food distribution by Feeding South Florida. Today its president fears that they will soon be unable to replace supplies at this capacity. “It is a critical situation. We do not know where we are going to find this food...
    Over the last few weeks, President-elect Joe Biden has been busily naming cabinet members and planning for his upcoming administration. Meanwhile, lame duck President Donald Trump has continued vain efforts to overturn the election results, lied about his loss, and attempted to stymie Biden’s transition at every turn. Hide One of Trump’s petty means of frustrating the process has been refusing to release the millions of dollars earmarked for the transition. On Friday, Biden solicited donations to help cover these costs, which was met with significant blowback. Hide People called the solicitation “the biggest grift I’ve seen all year,” pointed out that taxpayers already paid for the transition, and told Biden to get the money from some of his wealthy donors. Some even suggested the incoming administration try to raise money on OnlyFans. Translation: Aye man I’m gonna start this new job in January. Let me hold something till then...
    Blood centers across the country are entering dire straits amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic as closed schools, colleges, and other locations contribute to a shortage of blood donations. America's Blood Centers reported that more than half of its centers across the country have a two days' supply or less. Nearly 20% have a one-day supply remaining, and only 7% could last three days or more. At the same time last year, only 8% of ABC locations had a one-day supply remaining. Nearly one-quarter had more than three days' worth of blood. The ABC has been sounding the alarm for months now. In October, the ABC and the American Red Cross released a joint statement warning that "the blood supply in the United States is critically low and the majority of the country's blood centers are reporting significant declines in their blood collections." "The impact of COVID-19 as flu...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This holiday season is sure to be a tough one for many, so Mario Lemieux will be giving back through something new from his foundation, the “Mario Match.” So how does it work? The Mario Lemieux Foundation says when you give through Dec. 31, Mario and his wife, Nathalie, will personally match all donations to the foundation, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. In a news release, Lemieux said, “I established the Lemieux Foundation to provide hope to those who need extra strength in their darkest moments. In the days of COVID-19, Nathalie and I recognize the responsibility to do our part, which is why we will match donations to the Lemieux Foundation during this holiday season.” This year, our holiday donation goals will be assisted by MARIO LEMIEUX! All of your holiday contributions to the Lemieux Foundation will be personally matched, dollar...
    Facebook has launched a new feature to help users find the giving spirit during the holiday season. Available in the US through Facebook's Community Help hub, 'Drives' allows you to collect clothing, food and other necessities for those in need around your location.  After you set a goal for how many items you're collecting, a goal tracker indicates how far you still need to go. Your Drive appears in your News Feed and Timeline, as well as in the main Community Help section.  The feature debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said.  All Drives are also set to be reviewed to make sure they don't violate company policies. Scroll down for video Available in the US through Facebook's Community Help hub, 'Drives' allows users to start collecting clothing, food and other necessities for those in need To start a Drive, type 'Community...
    UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — A group of independent restauranteurs from Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and Bucktown are teaming up Wednesday to provide nearly 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, meals will be given away at Bucktown sports bar Jack & Ginger’s, 2048 W. Armitage Ave. Robert Magiet, owner of TaKorea Cocina, 1022 N. Western Ave., is spearheading the grassroots effort and is still accepting meal requests. To reserve a meal for pickup Wednesday, email takoreacocina@gmail.com. Put “Thanksgiving Meals” in the subject line. Meal packages will include turkey, smoked ham, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetable salad, creamy mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and cookies. Meals were funded by neighbors, cooked by neighborhood restaurants and packaged and distributed by neighborhood volunteers. Magiet said he was partially inspired by his partnership with the Love Fridge, a nonprofit giving away free food through refrigerators placed...
    Some of Americas leading universities have financial partnerships with or have received large donations from countries that lead the world in human rights abuses, National Review Reports. According to the outlet, about one-third of foreign funds donated to American colleges come from countries that commit large amounts of human rights violations. According to the U.S. Department of Education, several universities reported receiving $6.6 billion in recent years from countries including Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The Education Department said it “believes this amount is a fraction of the true total,” and that these funds could be considered a “national security risk.” One example noted by the National Review came in March 2018 when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. During the visits, he talked up multi-million-dollar partnerships between the Saudi government and the schools. Diplomatic official Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb...
    Homestead High School is helping its families in need Dec. 2 with a food drive on campus at 21370 Homestead Road in Cupertino. The Associated Student Body and the PTSA at Homestead, which enrolls Cupertino and Sunnyvale residents, are looking to aid 120 families through their food pantry program. The pantry is intended to supplement the Fremont Union High School District’s food services program, which provides pre-packed breakfast and lunch for a week at a time for those ages 18 and younger. The Food Pantry launched earlier this fall in response to the pandemic’s economic impact on some Homestead famllies. In its first few weeks of operation, the pantry collected more than 1,500 items, along with $7,000 in donations to purchase more food and basic items. “We created this program since we had students not show up to online classes because they had to work in places like KFC, where they...
    A FAMILY has collected over £50,000 worth of Christmas presents for those in need, and they're hoping to double what they've raised by December 7. Nick Smith and his partner Jess have been overwhelmed by the donations after Nick started out trying to fill 60 stockings with gifts for charity. 3Nick revealed the family had filled up 60 stockings with over 5000 presentsCredit: Instagram @thesmithyfamily_ On their TikTok account The Smithy Family, they share videos from their family life at home with their kids to 1.4m followers. Nick explained that now they have a large number of followers on TikTok, he began by trying to collect some donations of presents and it soon snowballed. He said that he's been really blown away by how people have come together to help others, collecting over 5,000 Christmas presents for those struggling this year. Nick said, "Someone donated 2,000 gifts, from a storage...
    The U.S. is experiencing a dramatic shortage of blood donations as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month. According to America’s Blood Centers, a national organization for independent blood centers, 21 of its 59 centers have only a one-to-two-day supply of blood, and 10 community centers have a one-day supply or less. Hospitals count on blood transfusions for many purposes. Platelet products support cancer patients. Red cells are used in surgery and trauma. There is a huge demand for convalescent plasma, the blood from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies.   WOMAN SAYS BLOOD DONATIONS CENTER EMPLOYEE OF HER 'HERO' FOR SAVING HER LIFE “We need all blood products and we need donors to come out,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president at the American Red Cross. “Because in every aspect of our operation, we're seeing hospitals seeking our products to make sure they can deliver the good care to our patients across our communities. It's a critical time.” The...
    Those who have fully recovered from coronavirus have a chance to help others. There is an urgent plea for plasma donations from COVID-19 survivors because it may contain antibodies that can attack the virus.Mare Johnson became sick with COVID-19 at the onset of the pandemic. She recovered and almost immediately jumped at the opportunity to help others who would later have their own battle with the virus, by donating convalescent plasma."We ultimately feel very helpless in how we move past this or how we can help the most urgent of needs," Johnson said.She is now a regular at her local LifeStream Blood Bank."It's truly a way of helping your neighbors when you don't have a whole lot of other options and ways to do that right now that are COVID-specific," she said.COVID-19 survivor, plasma donor unite after experimental treatment at Pomona Valley HospitalEMBED More News Videos Weeks after recovering from...
    YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — As the pandemic pushes on, the need for food in the community only continues to grow. It’s why CBS13 and CW31 are working with the Rivercats to help close the hunger gap with our Feed the Valley food bank fundraiser. In Yolo County, a little goes a long way for people like Ysabel Flores. “I get social security,” Flores said. “My husband works but it’s hard. It’s hard making ends meet.” Food from the Yolo Food Bank helps her family when it comes to finances, and she says hunger doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone. “You see all the people,” Flores said while waiting in her car in line for food distribution at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. “Even nice cars, but you don’t know their story.” There are thousands of others just like her, like Jose Orozco. He’s a single dad, trying to...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Several cats were rescued from a hoarding situation in Aurora. Aurora Animals Services is treating the cats for ringworm until they are ready for adoption. (credit: Aurora Animal Services) The shelter is asking for donations to help make the animals’ stay more enjoyable until they can be adopted into loving homes. Those donations include scratching posts and cat beds. LINK: Aurora Animal Services Amazon Wish List
    A MUM who faked cancer to swindle £45,000 from well-wishers was today found guilty of fraud. Nicole Elkabbas 42, is now facing jail after claiming she needed to pay for life-saving ovarian cancer treatment - then splurging donations on her lavish lifestyle. 7The mum, 42, is facing jailCredit: PA:Press Association 7She splurged on football tickets and gambling and took six trips to Spain for 'treatment'Credit: INS News 7Elkabbas pictured outside court todayCredit: PA:Press Association The mum, from Broadstairs, Kent, set up a GoFundMe page where she garnered more than £45,000 in donations before draining the funds into her own account. But she was never diagnosed and instead used huge sums of cash to fund her gambling addiction, pay off mounting debts and splash out on Spurs tickets. Speaking today at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Mark Weekes told Elkabbas: "You have been convicted on what I regard as compelling evidence...
    In a Twitter message posted on Friday, Democrat Joe Biden asked his supporters to help fund the presidential transition. Biden was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election earlier this month, but President Donald Trump has not yet conceded, which has slowed down the entire procedure. Biden explicitly blamed Trump for the delay in the process and wrote that “we have to fund it ourselves and need your help.” The former vice president then asked his supporters to “chip in” if they can and ended the message with a link to an ActBlue donation page. Journalists, commentators and political activists were quick to take note of Biden’s post, with many slamming and ridiculing the Democrat for soliciting donations during a global pandemic and as tens of millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet. Assistant editor of The Grayzone News Ben Norton tweeted that the former vice president should...
    The Georgia Democratic Party and the American Democracy Legal Fund filed complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee against Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerAtlanta mayor: Trump would 'eat his own children' if it helped him Koch Latino group plays for Hispanic voters in Georgia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans MORE (R-Ga.) after she solicited campaign contributions during a television interview taped at the U.S. Capitol.  The complaints, filed separately on Thursday, accuse Loeffler of violating federal law and ethics rules barring senators from soliciting campaign contributions in federal buildings. The complaints center around an appearance by Loeffler on Fox News this week, in which she asked viewers to donate to her campaign ahead of her Jan. 5 runoff election against Democrat Raphael Warnock.  “We know that hundreds of millions of dark, liberal money is pouring...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On Friday, Amazon made a very special delivery to help people in need and help put food on their tables. Employees from Amazon’s IT operations helped out Friday morning at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. It’s donating 400 emergency boxes of food to five community pantries. There are 400 cases of canned and other goods, all to make the holidays happier for more than 2,000 families. “One of the reasons why we’re doing the donations today is that it’s really important to support communities we service, ” said Amazon’s Domonic Wilkerson. “Whether it’s companies like Amazon or individuals helping their neighbors, it’s a beautiful thing,” added Megan Barrett of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Amazon is also donating $50,000 as well as five holiday-decorated vans and drivers services to help  the Greater Chicago Food Depository with deliveries. Also From CBS Chicago: With PlayStation 5 In High...
    ALBANY PARK — Tutors with Asian Youth Services are trying to raise money to help the organization continue serving the Albany Park community.  The nonprofit was founded in 1992 by Shari Fenton to help refugee families from Southeast Asia who fled from genocide, war and oppression in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. But it’s been harder to do that during the coronavirus crisis. To help, one of the tutors launched an online fundraiser for the organization. Before the pandemic, Fenton’s organization offered students homework help, music lessons, hot meals, educational scholarships and more.  “We normally have an art program and a science program during the summer,” Fenton said. “We gave free music lessons for piano, guitar, violin and drum. But we can’t do anything that we normally do, obviously, because of this pandemic.” Since March, Fenton has shifted her focus to addressing food insecurity by offering free food to families in...
    PayPal announced a new fundraising service called “Generosity Network” that seems poised to take on GoFundMe, part of PayPal’s continued expansion into financial services it’s been missing until now. The service allows you to set up a fundraising page and process donations through PayPal’s payment platform. Transaction fees are waived on donations made with credit and debit cards, but according to TechCrunch, PayPal does intend to charge eventually. Generosity Network seems as easy to use as GoFundMe, but unlike the popular platform, it limits the length of campaigns to 30 days and caps the total amount of donations you’re able to collect at $20,000. The service can be used by individuals, businesses, and organizations, provided they abide by PayPal’s rules around misleading claims, incitement of hatred, and other guidelines. PayPal had a fundraising feature prior to Generosity Network called Money Pools, but it was designed for use between friends and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Major relief efforts are underway in Central America following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Iota and Eta, on top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CBS4’s Hank Tester looked at one relief organization’s efforts and why most relief operations prefer cash contributions. Recent Hurricanes Eta and Iota killed at least 40 people and left thousands homeless in Central America. Linda Coello, President and Founder of Cepudo, a longtime Food For The Poor partner, says, “We were with COVID. That situation was real bad and now with Eta and Iota, things are getting real, real bad.” Coello’s organization is an in-country partner with Coconut Creek-based Food for the Poor, which has a track record in the Caribbean and Latin America with ongoing relief efforts. Ed Raine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Food For The Poor, says, “We have been in those countries for two decades or more.”...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been a rough year for so many, and on Thursday nonprofits and schools are getting some help. That’s because it’s Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. One of the unique opportunities this year is a car smash in Plymouth. People are literally paying money to pick up a baseball bat or sledgehammer and take some of the frustration out of 2020 and take it out on this car. All of the proceeds will benefit Mini-Hops, a nonprofit that helps give the community access to to gymnastics and youth fitness activities. It’s just one of so many organizations in the Twin Cities that has had a rough year. Donations are down for nonprofits. The animal rescue group Secondhand Hounds has been making a difference for cats and dogs for over a decade. They had to cancel their annual Bon Appetite gala, which is their biggest fundraiser,...
    ATLANTA — Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler on Thursday was slapped with a pair of ethics complaints after she solicited campaign contributions for her high-stakes runoff during an interview with Fox News at the United States Capitol. The Democratic Party of Georgia and the American Democracy Legal Fund filed complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee and pointed to Loeffler's interview with Fox News's Sandra Smith. In the interview, Loeffler told the audience to visit her campaign website to "chip in $5 or $10 to get involved, volunteer." Democrats have also asked the Justice Department to investigate, and they accused Loeffler of abusing her power "as an elected official to support her own campaign" in violation of rules that prohibit lawmakers from asking for money to fill their coffers in federal buildings. Loeffler's campaign dismissed the complaints as an attempt to pull focus from Democratic rival Raphael Warnock. “We’re only...
    Coronavirus quarantine: Are American adults capable of isolating for two weeks? Election 2020 updates: Georgia nears recount completion; no more uncounted ballots found Crowdfunding Donations Pour In to Save a Halal Grill in D.C. Famous for Feeding Homeless People Sakina Halal Grill owner Kazi Mannan has a lot to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches this year. Just last week, the South Asian restaurant in downtown D.C. was on the ropes, and Mannan was prepared to lock up for good. In a last ditch effort, Mannan launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe on Thursday, November 12. Over its first six days, the fund raised more than $237,000 toward a $250,000 goal. © Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. Sakina Halal Grill owner Kazi Mannan  “I was so overwhelmed by the love and support,” Mannan says. “A few days ago, I had tears [because I was afraid] of losing everything, and today,...
    A Nebraska woman was fired this week after posting video that showed Gov. Pete Ricketts maskless amid the coronavirus pandemic, celebrating on Election Night at the bar where the woman worked. Now, she’s seeking donations on the internet to help pay her bills. “Since I just got fired for posting this tweet, if anyone would like to donate to this lovely single mama, I’ll be posting my venmo and cashapp shortly,” the woman, using the Twittle handle Keezyoko, wrote Tuesday, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Both Venmo and Cashapp are mobile payment sites. The woman was later identified as Karina Montanez, 25, a former employee of DJ’s Dugout, a sports bar near Omaha, according to The Daily Beast. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (Associated Press) Montanez told the outlet she saw Ricketts, the state’s Republican governor, celebrating at...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Medical staff at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center made an urgent plea Wednesday morning for personal protective equipment (PPE) and funds as they prepare to weather the third wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations."We are not done and we need you badly right now," said Chris Wilder, Executive Director of the Valley Medical Foundation during a news conference.RELATED: How would a California curfew work? Are they effective? UCSF doctor weighs inThe VMC Foundation is the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center."This third wave is uniquely different. We're in the winter, we have non-COVID patients in the hospital and we're getting to historical norms in terms of the census. And now we have this 'X' factor we don't know how many COVID patients we're going to have," said Sanjay Kurani, M.D., Medical Director of Valley Medical Center.The medical staff brings through supplies...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Hurricane Iota slammed Central America Tuesday after making landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm — unloading heavy rain and packing winds of 155 miles per hour. Hurricane Iota slammed Central America Tuesday after making landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm. Now donations are being collected to help those affected. (Maria Rivera Fiallos photo) The United Nations warned of catastrophic mudslides and floods in areas still recovering from Hurricane Eta almost two weeks ago. “We have more than 3 million people affected in total,” Maria Rivera Fiallos, consul general of Honduras in Los Angeles, said. “That is between people who have lost their houses or people that had to be taken to a shelter.” Rivera Fiallos said Honduras is one of the countries hardest hit by the storms. For the past week, she has been coordinating local relief efforts to send aid and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida is coming together to send relief to Central America including a Miami non-profit which is actively collecting donations for hard-hit Honduras. “Amor y Fuerza Honduras”, which means “Love & Strength Honduras”, plans to send much-needed supplies to the area hit first by Eta and now facing the aftermath from Hurricane Iota. “It’s very sad. Everything that they’re going through, I just felt that we had to do something,” said Martha Hernandez. Hernandez was born in Honduras and is an employee at Extreme Wood Works, one of the local shops behind the non-profit. “The city where I was born was one of the most devastated cities,” said Hernandez. “I’ve seen all the news. Everyone has stayed without a home. Children and entire families. It’s just devastating.” You can drop off donations at Extreme Wood Works at 1520 Northwest 79th Avenue through the end of the week....
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For children who have witnessed or experienced abuse, the holidays are always hard. For years, North Texas advocacy centers have held clothing and toy drives to make sure children know they’re not forgotten. This year, these organizations say the need for donations is even greater given the pandemic. “I think this year stands out more than ever,” Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Director of Support Services Mindy Jackson said. “Our families are also facing those tough times, but then they’re also learning that their child has been victimized, their child has been sexually abused by someone we know, trust and love. Typically these crimes don’t come from a stranger and so the impact is so real.” Alliance for Children, a Tarrant County based nonprofit that specializes in child abuse investigations, is seeing this as well. “What we know is that child abuse does not just impact the child...
    Amazon officially marked the two-year anniversary of its decision to open a second headquarters, HQ2, in Arlington Monday, and it announced several donations to Washington-area organizations totaling $9 million. The latest donations by Amazon focus on housing affordability, racial equality, health care and the arts. The donations are as follows: $3 million to four legal service providers to help support families, including Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic and Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. $1 million to organizations advancing racial equality, including Bridges to Independence, Offender Aid and Restoration and the Arlington branch of NAACP Scholarship Program. $1 million to community health facilities, including the Arlington Free Clinic, Alexandria Neighborhood Health, Children’s National Hospital and the Virginia Hospital Center. $500,000 to economic opportunity, job training and literacy organizations, including La Cocina VA, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job...
    Several towns in Tabasco continue under water, before the imminent formation of a new storm. (Photo by ANGEL HERNANDEZ / .) Visibly tired and in a hurry, Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrived again in Tabasco, a state that remains in emergency after the floods caused by the rains and the venting of the Peñitas dam, which took place last weekend. “The best thing is that we are adding wills, efforts, resources to support the governor of the state of Tabasco … this is one, well, what can we call it? A dispensary, right? A medical kit for those who are housed here. Also to thank the people very much because they are donating medicines, and they are donating food … ”, explains the Tabasco, then asking someone else to explain what is being done in the place where he is. The shelter, a primary school,...
    A body was discovered inside a clothing donation bin in Riverdale Park, Maryland, on Friday, police said. A “foul odor” coming from an outdoor donation bin for clothes donations near the intersection of Jefferson Street and Kenilworth Avenue was reported to police at about 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Riverdale Park Police Department. Death Investigation: At approximately 12:30pm, Riverdale Park Police received a call from a concerned member from the community about a foul odor coming from a large outdoor donation bin designated for clothes donations. — Riverdale Park Police (@RiverdaleParkPD) November 13, 2020 Police said they opened the bin to find a body inside. No other information was provided by police in Riverdale Park. Prince George’s County police are investigating the death. A map of the scene is below.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Those red kettles you see every holiday season need a little more love this year, with the pandemic pushing needs to new heights and reduced foot traffic. The Salvation Army says the requests for food boxes are up tenfold since the start of the pandemic and needs across the country are up 15%, and at the same time their revenue from kettle donations could be cut in half. And the Salvation Army is not alone; many organizations need help right now, and there are COVID-friendly ways you can give back this holiday season. “With covid with the civil unrest and everything else that our community has gone through its more important than ever that we dig deep and take care of those in need,” Cub Foods CEO Mike Stigers said. On top of masked bell ringers, you’ll also find new text and QR code payment options that...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Miami is collecting donations for people in Honduras following the destruction from Eta. Needed supplies include canned foods and soups, clothes, medicine, and protective gear to help during the coronavirus pandemic. “Two million people have been dislocated from their homes, tens of thousands without electricity, and another looming storm on the horizon,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Friday. More from CBSMiami.com Republican Ileana Garcia Declared Winner In Race For State Senate District 37 After Hand Recount Bad News For Home Buyers In South Florida & Across The Nation: Prices Are Going Up Everywhere Abandoned At Miami International Airport, Learjet Finds New Home At Miami Aviation School Donations can be dropped off the following fire stations in Miami: Fire station #4, 1111 SW 2nd Avenue Fire station #7, 314 Beacon Blvd Fire station #2, 1901 North Miami Avenue Fire station #5,...
    Billionaire Mark Cuban has called out left-wing pop star John Legend for urging people to prioritize political donations over charitable giving to food banks and shelters ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff elections. “Come on John,” Cuban tweeted. “There is a point of diminishing returns on political ad spend, there are no diminished returns when it comes to feeding the hungry.” Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and a supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016, tweeted Thursday that people who are considering donating to candidates in the Georgia Senate runoff elections ought to re-consider and donate to local food banks and other charities helping those in need. “Let’s put Americans in need above Politics,” he wrote. John Legend disagreed, saying that “Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation.” The pop star is a major Democrat activist who initially supported Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign...
    Singer John Legend tweeted Thursday that a donation to Democratic Senate campaigns in Georgia would be “far more impactful” than donating to a food bank. “I get that politics is annoying and contentious, but the bottom line is that the Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation,” Legend said in response to a tweet from billionaire businessman Mark Cuban calling for donations to feed the hungry. “We need massive stimulus and aid to individuals and small businesses. Government needs to do this. Charity isn’t sufficient” I get that politics is annoying and contentious, but the bottom line is that the Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation. We need massive stimulus and aid to individuals and small businesses. Government needs to do this. Charity isn’t sufficient— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 12, 2020 It is estimated that more than 35 million...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- South Side community leaders say contributions helped seal the deal to move General Irons scrap metal recycling plant to the their neighborhood.The recycling plant, which is currently located in Lincoln Park, has drawn criticism for allegedly sending potentially hazardous pollutants into the air. Lincoln Park residents were eventually successful in their calls to for the plant to move. Now, General Iron is looking to open a facility on the Southeast Side, which several residents oppose.RELATED: Illinois EPA approves General Iron construction permit for Chicago's Southeast SideRich Martinez is one of the plaintiffs who have filed for a temporary restraining order hoping to keep the city from granting General Iron a permit to open in South Chicago. They claim owners and lobbyists have donated heavily to key aldermen in order to gain a permit to open on the South Side.The aldermen named say that's simply not true, and...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump solicited his supporters to help pay for the legal fight against alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election. But some are questioning why the funds are being allocated to other causes. Read More: Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud His team requested the funds from supporters with text messages like, “The Left will try to STEAL this election!” per Reuters. The outlet reviewed the fine print and small donations made by his supporters will be paid to Save America, a new Trump political action committee or to the Republican National Committee, not the “Official Election Defense Fund,” as advertised. “It’s important to be upfront with people – especially those who are digging deep into their pockets to come up with $25,” said Michael DuHaime, former political director at the RNC, “If you tell them it’s going for...
    Savannah Rychcik November 12, 2020 0 Comments Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban is garnering passionate reactions from several Twitter users after suggesting voters donate to charities instead of candidates in Georgia’s runoff elections. “For those considering donating to Reps or Dems in the Georgia Senate run-offs, can you please re-consider and donate that money to your local foodbank and organizations that can help those without food or shelter? Lets put Americans in need above Politics,” Cuban wrote on Thursday. For those considering donating to Reps or Dems in the Georgia Senate run-offs, can you please re-consider and donate that money to your local foodbank and organizations that can help those without food or shelter? Lets put Americans in need above Politics— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 12, 2020 Singer John Legend criticized Cuban for underestimating the power of the government over charities. “I get that politics is annoying...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The prosecutor in Vermont’s largest county is collecting items to help the homeless ahead of the winter season. Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George is working to create “emergency kits” to help the homeless. They're looking for donations of travel-sized products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitizing wipes, and other hygiene items. They are also looking for individually packed snacks, hats and gloves. “Even if for a week, they have this particular bag available to them and that week is easier for them,” George told Mychamplainvalley.com. “We’re going into perhaps one of the hardest winters Vermont has ever seen and we want to make sure the community members we can help can be taken care of.” George said that when basic needs are met, people are less likely to commit crimes. George says that once the kits are assembled they they will be distributed to a number...
    PILSEN — A group of Pilsen residents are seeking donations to make Christmas baskets for seniors at Casa Maravilla. Lifelong Pilsen resident Cristina Puzio decided she wanted to direct her attention to seniors for the holidays instead of hosting a toy drive for children, which she typically does. “Seniors are often overlooked,” said Puzio, who has led mediation classes at the Casa Maravilla Senior Center, 2021 S. Morgan St., for three years. “Seniors are going through everything we are experiencing.” Older residents have been among the hardest hit throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Under the circumstances, they have been largely “isolated” and “feel lonely,” Puzio said. “We want to make them feel they are being thought of and brighten up their day,” she said. Puzio is working alongside Lauren Angeles, Selena Sandoval, Paulina Roe, Mayra Ramirez and Rosa Esquivel to get donations for the baskets.  The group wants to put together...
    Supporters giving money to the Trump campaign’s election legal battles might be surprised to find out where exactly their donations — especially those less than $8,000 — are reportedly going. A report published Wednesday by Reuters alleges that donations, many solicited by the campaign’s expansive text message fundraising apparatus, are being split unevenly between the campaign’s “recount account,” the Republican National Convention itself, and “Save America,” a new super PAC launched by President Donald Trump after the election. WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look on as Vice President Mike Pence (not pictured) speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours of November 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump spoke shortly after 2am with the presidential race against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden still too close to call. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)...
    By Jarrett Renshaw and Joseph Tanfani (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump seeks to discredit last week's election with baseless claims of voter fraud, his team has bombarded his supporters with requests for money to help pay for legal challenges to the results: “The Left will try to STEAL this election!” reads one text. But any small-dollar donations from Trump's grassroots donors won't be going to legal expenses at all, according to a Reuters review of the legal language in the solicitations. A donor would have to give more than $8,000 before any money goes to the "recount account" established to finance election challenges, including recounts and lawsuits over alleged improprieties, the fundraising disclosures show. The emailed solicitations send supporters to an “Official Election Defense Fund” website that asks them to sign up for recurring donations to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.” The fine print...
    ALAMEDA (KPIX 5) — The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum in Alameda held ceremonies Wednesday in honor of Veterans’ Day, at the same time the museum is asking for the public’s help. The Hornet has survived South Pacific sea battles, a typhoon, and narrowly escaped the scrap yard. But now it faces a very different kind of crisis. The historic aircraft carrier at the former Naval Air Station Alameda, has fallen on hard times. Closed for five months and opened with limited accessibility due to COVID restrictions, it’s lost out on 80% of its revenue. So on a day meant to honor veterans, the museum is asking for more than your appreciation. It’s asking for your money. “The startup costs are just going to be, when we get through to April, are going to be astronomical, if we can even get through to that,” said museum spokesman Mark...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it, curbing interactions with family and friends, canceling travel plans, shifting work locations and adjusting our health priorities. But as the novel coronavirus continues to sweep across the nation, it's having another serious side effect many may not have thought of: a drastic decrease in blood donations. The national blood supply is at a critical low, and health systems around the country are sending out the SOS for help. [ READ: Organ Transplants Plummet During Coronavirus Pandemic ]Blood transfusions help everyone from car crash victims and cancer patients to new mothers and their newborn babies. They are among the most common procedures in hospitalized patients, young and old. And though the amount of transfusion varies from patient to patient, the need is always there. It's important to stress that we as doctors know the supply is limited and when a transfusion is...
    CANDACE Owens called Black Lives Matter a "Democrat scam" from the beginning and accused the grassroots organization of secretly funneling money to Joe Biden. The conservative pundit took to Twitter to decry the election results and claim BLM was part of a larger democratic plot on Wednesday. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 2Candace Owens questions where 'all of the billions that Black Lives Matter' raised went 2Owens claimed BLM was funneling donations to Democrats Her more comments came after Biden beat Donald Trump in the presidential battle with 290 electoral votes to 214, per the Associated Press. "Where did all of the billions that Black Lives Matter raise go?" Owens demanded. "I STILL believe it went to Joe Biden’s campaign. I believe BLM has been a Democrat scam from its inception. "They use the faces of dead black men to...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Rescue Mission is asking for help to collect 15,000 frozen turkeys for their annual Turkey Drive. Officials with the rescue mission say the drive is even more essential this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019 Turkey Drive (credit: Denver Rescue Mission) “It’s no secret that this year has been hard for our country, city and local communities, but it’s also proven that when we come together, we can provide true change and restoration for the most vulnerable among us,” stated Rescue Mission officials. The Denver Rescue Mission partners with 100 different churches, schools and non-profits for the Turkey Drive. In addition to making Thanksgiving meals for guests, the Mission plans to distribute 3,000 Thanksgiving Banquets-in-a Box to families and people in need. The Denver Rescue Mission is asking for the following donations: Frozen turkeys weighing 12 pounds or more Canned fruit and vegetables Canned...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida organizations dedicated to feeding those in need during the coronavirus pandemic are facing new challenges as donations are slowing down. Even though the South Florida economy is slowly opening up, the needy still depend on food distributions to make it from week to week, and food distribution organizations like “Feeding Fouth Florida” are facing a challenge to meet those needs. Donations are down because usual contributors are sending their cash elsewhere. Paco Vélez, President & CEO of Feeding South Florida, says, “We continue to see about a thousand at our smaller distributions and 1,800 to 2,000 at larger distributions.” MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Tropical Storm Eta Causes Widespread Flooding, Closures Across Miami-Dade Eta Makes Landfall In Lower Matecumbe Key Semi-Truck Dangles Off Palmetto Expressway The distributions are conducted weekly and bi-weekly at local parks stretching from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The boxes, which contain...
    Donald Trump has already formed a political action committee in an attempt to retain control of the Republican party even after losing the election. The leadership PAC is heavily geared toward squeezing donations from low-dollar donors, accepting no more than $5,000 per donor annually but from an unlimited number of people, according to the New York Times. It can also accept transfers from other PACs. The Trump campaign's fundraising asks now note that 60% of the donations raised will go to his new Save America PAC. “The president always planned to do this, win or lose so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud," campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told the Times.  And no one cares more about helping other candidates than Trump, as he recently proved when he threatened Georgia's two Republican senators unless they threw a GOP state election official under the...
    A MUM faked ovarian cancer to swindle more than £45,000 from well-wishers to splurge on Spurs tickets and lavish holidays, a court heard. Nicole Elkabbass, 42, is accused of using ill-gotten gains to splash out on jaunts abroad, restaurants and "heavy gambling". 4Nicole Elkabbass is accused of using this photo from a previous operation to convince well-wishers she was dying 4The 42-year-old mum-of-one denies one count of fraud and possession of criminal propertyCredit: SWNS:South West News Service The mum-of-one, of Broadstairs, Kent, claimed she needed to pay for life-saving cancer treatment transferring thousands from a GoFundMe page into her personal bank account, a court heard. Prosecutor Ben Irwin today described how the page - titled Nicole needs our help treatments - was seemingly written by her mum, describing Elkabbass as a "beautiful daughter". The page said the "loving mum" who was "recently diagnosed" needed cash for life-saving treatment. It came...
    The governor can give a maximum of $2,800 to Donald Trump's campaign under federal law. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has enthusiastically taken up Donald Trump's efforts to contest the results of the presidential election, asking for online donations to "help us bring it home for the president," but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own reelection account. The Republican governor, a close Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign soon after the election was called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday. The website soliciting donations has "Kristi Noem for Governor" in large letters at the top, but below that, the message is all about Trump, saying that he "needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted." It urges donors to "Please help us bring it...
    The GOP senator is complaining that her challenger, Raphael Warnock, received donations from California. She did too. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler on Monday slammed the Rev. Raphael Warnock, her Democratic opponent in the race for her Georgia U.S. Senate seat, for raising money from California donors ahead of the upcoming January runoff in the race. But Loeffler has already raised nearly $150,000 from California donors during the 2020 campaign. "While @ReverendWarnock courts California liberal elites & Silicon Valley to flip Georgia for the radical left, we're counting on every day Americans to fuel our effort," she tweeted along with a link to a right-wing news site's report that Warnock was set to participate in a fundraising event Monday evening with "Silicon Valley" donors.
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bills fans have rallied to support quarterback Josh Allen following his grandmother’s death by donating more than $200,000 to a Buffalo children’s hospital in her honor. The Oishei Children’s Hospital announced the latest total on its Twitter account Tuesday, two days after coach Sean McDermott revealed the news of Patricia Allen’s death following Buffalo’s 44-34 win over Seattle. The donations come as the hospital celebrates its third anniversary at its downtown home. A number of the donations have come in at $17 each in honor of the quarterback’s jersey number. Allen acknowledged the outpouring of support on Twitter, writing: “At a loss for words. Buffalo, I love you.” Allen has been a big supporter of the hospital and has made regular trips to visit patients during his three seasons in Buffalo. McDermott revealed that Allen elected to play Sunday after learning of his 80-year-old grandmother’s death...
    Fans of the Buffalo Bills have donated a ton of money to a children’s hospital in honor of Josh Allen’s grandmother. Allen’s grandmother Patricia passed away this past weekend, and he made the decision to play against the Seahawks. The Bills ended up winning the game in convincing fashion. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) on Nov 8, 2020 at 1:17pm PST Ever since, fans have been donating to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo in honor of his grandmother. The hospital announced late Monday afternoon that donations have now gone north of $100,000. #BillsMafia you do not cease to amaze us. You have surpassed $100,000 in donations in less than 24 hours. On behalf of our patients and staff, thank you for your support. We are planning a special...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has enthusiastically taken up President Donald Trump's efforts to contest the results of the presidential election, asking for online donations to “help us bring it home for the president,” but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own reelection account. The Republican governor, a close Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign soon after the election was called for Biden on Saturday. The website soliciting donations has “Kristi Noem for Governor” in large letters at the top, but below that, the message is all about Trump, saying that he “needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted.” It urges donors to "Please help us bring it home for the president!” The site allows contributors to check the amount of their donation and includes...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has enthusiastically taken up President Donald Trump's efforts to contest the results of the presidential election, asking for online donations to “help us bring it home for the president,” but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own reelection account. The Republican governor, a close Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign soon after the election was called for Biden on Saturday. The website soliciting donations has “Kristi Noem for Governor” in large letters at the top, but below that, the message is all about Trump, saying that he “needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted.” It urges donors to "Please help us bring it home for the president!” The site allows contributors to check the amount of their donation and includes a box to cover a processing...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has enthusiastically taken up President Donald Trump’s efforts to contest the results of the presidential election, asking for online donations to “help us bring it home for the president,” but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own reelection account. The Republican governor, a close Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign soon after the election was called for Biden on Saturday. The website soliciting donations has “Kristi Noem for Governor” in large letters at the top, but below that, the message is all about Trump, saying that he “needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted.” It urges donors to “Please help us bring it home for the president!” The site allows contributors to check the amount of their donation and includes a box to cover a...
    Getty Josh Allen points to the sky after scoring a touchdown. Josh Allen did something special on Sunday for the Buffalo Bills and their fanbase. Now, Bills fans are doing something special for him. As of 3 p.m on Monday, the Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, one that Allen has been known to work with throughout his time in Buffalo, reported they had received over $63,000 in donations in honor of Allen’s late grandmother, who died Saturday evening. On Sunday, Allen went out and threw for 415 yards, three touchdowns, and ran for a fourth. #BillsMafia isn't slowing down! We've received over 3,400 donations totalling $63,100 as of 3 p.m. today honoring @JoshAllenQB grandmother. You're making a huge impact on our hospital in her memory so thank you! For those who want to donate in her honor: https://t.co/pS4gCIRfEE — Oishei Children's Hospital (@OCHBuffalo) November 9, 2020 “That...
    U.S. coronavirus cases top 10 million Beyond Meat reverses losses, jumps 9% after it says it co-created McDonalds new plant-based burger Childrens hospital honors Josh Allens grandmother with Bills-themed donate button after $34K pours in Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen delivered a statement win in Week 9, but it was with a heavy heart. Allen’s grandmother, Patricia, died Saturday night at the age of 80, the team and head coach Sean McDermott said after a 44-43 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Allen opted to play and became the sixth quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards against Seattle. Bills fans back Allen after loss of grandmotherAfter learning of their quarterback’s loss, Bills fans began donating $17 to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Allen, 24, has supported the hospital during his time in Western New York and two weeks ago met with patients virtually to brighten their day....
    (CNN)As people stay home and skip the salon or barbershop, some hair-focused non-profits are seeing one bright spot in the pandemic: more donated hair going to those who need it. "Listen, there's never enough hair," said stylist Martino Cartier, founder of the New Jersey-based Wigs & Wishes, which makes free wigs for people with cancer. "We get donations every day and it's never enough, so this is definitely a silver lining for us."Maggie Varney, founder of Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, says the extra ponytails and braids have been "one of the rainbows in the storm." This year set a new record amount of donations -- 487 -- for her charity's annual hair donation drive, many coming from first-time donors in new demographics such as boys and adults. "I've had many of them say to me, 'I would never have thought of this if it wasn't for Covid,'" Varney...
    SKID ROW -- A viral Twitter post is helping many people facing food insecurity in Skid Row.The LA Mission is an organization that provides clothes and social services to those experiencing homelessness and also gives out three meals a day to those in need.The tweet was a call for help saying LA Mission is running out of food."We had already been giving food boxes out to the residents of Skid Row and when COVID-19 hit, we saw a 200% spike in the need," said CEO Troy VaughnVolunteers Steve Nass and Eli Graham teamed up to get the word out this month. The LA Mission in DTLA feeds the homeless 3 hot meals a day and is getting very low on canned food items. They’re asking for donations & have set up a drive thru drop off at 351 S Anderson St, Los Angeles CA 90033.— people you follow (@isstevetaken) November...
    PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena is in dire need of food to feed thousands of people over that holiday weekend.This is the 50th year the charity will feed the homeless and those in need this Thanksgiving. But of course this year is different. The suppliers they've relied on can't deliver this year because of the pandemic. So Union Station Homeless Services is reaching out and asking for your help.The need is greater this year because some agencies that normally help provide meals, won't be able to do so."They just don't have the volunteers or they can't provide it so we're finding from a lot of our fellow agencies that they're not doing Thanksgiving, so the need then for us becomes even greater because we are continuing to serve people," said Anne Miskey of Union Station Homeless Services.When you go...
    After a record-breaking election in terms of fundraising, if you thought the emails and text message appeals for donations would end on Election Day, think again! CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice says with the presidential race too close to call in several battleground states, both campaigns are working to squeeze out just few more dollars from supporters to help with the ongoing battle over ballot counting. In a text from "Joe" the Biden campaign stated, "it's clear we're on the right track to win this," but noted it isn't over. They've launched a Biden Fight Fund to raise money for the DNC and Biden for President Recount Account. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has sent out multiple emails asking supporters to donate to their "Official Election Defense Fund" which directs funds to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee according to their webpage. While neither candidate stated how much they're...