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    (CNN)A restaurant owner in Texas is offering free meals to people in need, no questions asked. It is the second time the restaurant has made this offering during the pandemic. Vira Chudasma, owner of Italian restaurant La Riv in Temple, Texas, said that when people started hoarding groceries at the start of the pandemic, she knew she had to do something to help her community."Here I am with all this product on my shelves, our doors are closed and people are hoarding groceries and worrying about their next meal," Chudasma told CNN. "Of course I was going to help."Chudasma, who immigrated from India over two decades ago, posted on the restaurant's Facebook page in early April letting her followers know that if they were struggling to find their next meal, they could place up to two orders at La Riv at no cost. Read MoreChudasma says she was shocked to...
    (CNN)The owners of a local bakery in Austin, Texas, are helping their community dig out from the devastating winter storms that struck last week by donating thousands of dollars' worth of food to those in need. The storms left millions across Texas and the Mississippi Valley without power, water and access to food for days, beleaguered by freezing temperatures that began last Monday and stretched into the weekend. A New Jersey plumber drove to Texas with his family to fix burst pipes and other damage from devastating winter storm"It was devastating. That's really the only word to describe it," Jessica Tomberlin said.Jessica and her wife Janessa run Crema Bakery and they lost their own inventory after the power went out for for three days."When the storm hit last week, it was just chaos and madness for everybody. Grocery stores have been out of all of the staples. Lines are really...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County is teaming up with the financial company Summer and the Joyce Foundation to help the one million student loan borrowers in the county for free. It’s meant to help navigate loan payments and work to increase your savings. READ MORE: Michael Madigans Successor In Illinois House Resigns Just Three Days After Madigan Arranged His Appointment “Far too many people have a tough time figuring out what student repayment plan is best for them. And it’s difficult to get good help in navigating this complex system,” said Sameer Gadkaree, Joyce Foundation Senior Program Officer. “Our team of student loan experts leads every interaction with borrowers, bringing compassion and expertise to ensure that borrowers are lowering monthly payments and successfully qualifying for forgiveness programs,” added Will Sealy, CEO of Summer. READ MORE: Two People Shot While Driving On Stevenson Expressway Click here for more information on the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Today Pittsburgh City Council will discuss a proposal to help protect those facing eviction due to COVID-19. READ MORE: Teachers In Pittsburgh Public Schools Feel Blindsided After District Releases Plan For Return To In-Person Learning The proposal would prevent landlords from evicting tenants or refusing to renew a lease over unpaid rent. READ MORE: Warm-Up Warnings: As Temperatures Rise, So Does The Flood Risk According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, if the ordinance passes, landlords could face fines of up to $10,000 if they violate the ordiance. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: 50 Degree Temperatures Arrive For The First Time In Over 50 Days Council members will likely bring up the ordinance at today’s committee meeting.
    (CBS4) – In an effort to reach those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine but do not have internet access, the Tri-County Health Department has expanded the number of operators in their COVID-19 call center. The goal is to get as many eligible people as possible scheduled for a vaccination. READ MORE: Denver Weather: Blast Of Cold Arrives Late Wednesday, Snow Follows 24 Hours Later Staff in the call center will take basic contact information from callers and put them on a provider wait list. None of the information taken in will be kept by Tri-County Health. The service is free, and it’s aimed at people over 65 who either don’t have internet access or speak English. The additions to the call center is part of TCHD’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine most equitably. The goal of the plan is to distribute the vaccine to underserved communities...
    Instagram is introducing new features to help point those struggling with an eating disorder in the right direction. When someone tries to search for content related to topics like eating disorder recovery, they’ll first see links to resources the company has built with help from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), in addition to links to local helplines in Australia, Canada and the UK. Similarly, when someone tries to share said content or if their friends see them post something concerning, they’ll see the same set of resources. The company will allow people to contact their friends for support from the resource landing page. As before, Instagram will continue to blur out content it thinks may trigger someone with an eating disorder. The features broadly mirror the ones TikTok announced earlier in the day — though in Instagram’s case, it was already nudging users to more general help before...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Scoring a coronavirus vaccine appointment can feel a lot like a competition – as people with internet access and tech savvy can edge out others. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra on Sunday explained the frustration, and what a high schooler is doing to help. READ MORE: Gov. Pritzker Set To Sign Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Into Law Monday “Every morning I sit in front of my computer, then I do it again at night before I go to bed, and then one or two times during the day,” said Delmarie Cobb, a renowned media and political consultant who lives in Bronzeville. Cobb knows her way around Chicago. But like thousands of Chicagoans, she can’t find her way around getting a vaccine appointment online. The message she keeps receiving is, “We don’t have any available appointments coming up within your area.” Cobb has signed up for Walgreens, Walmart,...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been told to 'stay in New York' by critics over her plan to visit storm-hit Texas after she raised $2million to pay for emergency supplies.  The New York congresswoman flew out to Houston on Friday to meet fellow Democratic congresswoman Sylvia Garcia after a whirlwind of fundraising over just 48 hours.  But she did not receive a universal welcome, with Twitter user Karen Jean writing: 'Pure pandering, You have no empathy for anyone but yourself. Stay in New York, don't those people need your ''help'' too?'  However, allies praised AOC and contrasted her behaviour to Texas Senator Ted Cruz's much criticized decision to fly out to Cancun on Wednesday with his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters, rather than stay at home to help his constituents. 'Beth' tweeted: 'AOC doing more for Texans than @SenTedCruz! It seems she understands government of the people, by the people and FOR...
    Beyonce’s foundation has teamed up with Adidas and a disaster relief group in Houston to offer financial aid to those in Texas affected by the shock winter storm. “We send our prayers to those impacted by the winter storm,” said a tweet posted by BeyGOOD, the 39-year-old singer’s foundation. The post was noted by People magazine in a piece published Thursday. (RELATED: Houston Furniture Store Opens Its Doors For Shelter After Deadly Winter Storm)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by People Magazine (@people) “BeyGOOD and Adidas are working with Bread of Life to bring urgent relief to those suffering as a result of the winter storms, the post added. (RELATED: Volunteers Rescue 4,000 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles, Store Them In Texas Town’s Convention Center) Visit @BreadoflifeH for more information on assistance. We send our prayers to those impacted by the winter storm. pic.twitter.com/Tqpf7kxmij — BeyGOOD...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council is considering approving the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. It will provide a grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury for nearly $22 million. (credit: Getty Images) That grant will help people who can’t pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic. The city council is also looking at a $1 million contract to provide legal assistance during eviction proceedings.
    (CNN)At just 9 years old, Ally Tumblin has inspired legislation in Congress that could help thousands of Americans pay for hearing aid devices by mandating insurance companies to cover them. It all started in 2019 with a simple letter to her elected official after the then third-grader was assigned to do something to better her community for class. She decided to write to her congressman, Rep. Joe Neguse, a Colorado Democrat, about her struggle to hear and how important her BAHA was, a bone-anchored hearing aid that's used to treat hearing loss. It's an implantable device that most insurance companies do not cover and can cost up to $10,000.Tumblin's life relies heavily on her BAHA as she suffers from microtia, a rare birth defect where the external ear is small and not properly formed. Many times, as in Tumblin's case, having microtia also means having aural atresia, a missing ear...
    New York : Independent Bernie Sanders is one of the senators who opposes a reduction in the income threshold for the third stimulus check. Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . Reach an agreement on the United States Congress to lower the income level for eligibility third stimulus check for $ 1,400 what the Biden Administration as Part of New $ 1.9 Billion Economic Bailout Package it won’t be that simple. The above responds to the fact that not only Republicans have their own idea about how far the amounts should be limited so that individuals and families are entitled to the full payment. Some Democrats also have their own proposal and it does not go along the lines of what, judging by the reports available at the time, the White House prefers. What the Republicans want Ten Republican senators who met with Biden this week indicated...
    The Biden White House, top officials say, is going to make filling judicial vacancies a top priority. Hallelujah. While a key reason Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell had so many vacancies to fill was the essential blockade Republican senators put on President Obama's nominations, a significant factor was that administration's lack of prioritization of judges in the first term. That's not going to happen this time. "People are approaching this with a different sense of urgency," Senior White House Counsel Paige Herwig told The Washington Post. Herwig is a former Senate staffer who also served as associate counsel to Obama and is now leading Biden's effort. "And they understand. They saw what the Trump administration did for four years." Those opportunities are coming fast and furious as judges who've been ready to retire but didn't want to let Trump fill their seats are either stepping down or taking "senior...
    If we have to put on weight at all, it's best to start adulthood at a normal weight and 'slowly add the pounds', a new study reveals.  Researchers from Ohio State University looked at data on two generations of people from Framingham, a city in Massachusetts from the ages of 31 to 80. People who started adulthood at a normal weight and later became overweight – but never obese – tended to live the longest, they found. Amazingly, adults who fit this definition lived longer than those adults whose weight was in a normal range throughout their life.   Rather less surprisingly, those who started adulthood as obese and continued to add weight had the highest mortality rate.  Worryingly, today's younger generation are becoming overweight and obese sooner in their lives than their parents and are more likely to have deaths linked to increasing obesity, the study also found.  A new study from...
    CEDAR HILL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – On a cool, but sunny afternoon in Cedar Hill, the Alvarado family sorts through a crime scene. “My daughter and I would be excited to look outside and see the cereal was missing or the formula was missing,” explained Franchesca Alvarado. You see, for weeks, their front yard has hosted a neighborhood “blessing box.” “We had a sign that said ‘A Blessing Box – take what you need, leave what you can,'” explained Alvarado. “We’ve all been there, where we’ve struggled. And if we can all come together and just help each other in those difficult moments, people will see God’s love in that and through that.” (Credit: Alvarado Family) The family checked on the box Thursday morning — and it was gone. And not just the food. “Everything was taken! The sign. The cart. The tub,” she said. Franchesca even chased down the garbage...
    More On: hank aaron The astounding numbers behind Hank Aaron’s Hall of Fame career Baseball world reacts to Hank Aaron’s death: ‘Legend, hero’ Legendary slugger Hank Aaron dead at 86 How MLB’s reclassification of the Negro Leagues affects record book Henry “Hank” Aaron passed away Friday at the age of 86, and from all precincts of America came remembrances and odes to the legacy of the sports and civil rights icon. If the baseball legend were to write the first line of his own obituary, he made clear in his later years as he considered his profound effect on society, it would make no mention of his status as MLB’s longtime home-run king, his astounding statistical marks or his All-Star appearances. “I want to be remembered as someone who was able to — forget about baseball, to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played, but...
    TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — At Baltimore County’s primary vaccination clinic, senior citizens are getting a shot to stamp out COVID-19. “Very efficiently run. Nice job, everybody,” one Baltimore County resident said “We have great-grandchildren and we want to be able to hug them,” one couple told WJZ. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines It’s a well-oiled operation once you step inside. More than 700 people move through the line every hour with less than a 15-minute wait from the door to the actual vaccine station. Baltimore County’s Health Director, Dr. Gregory Branch, says the Maryland National Guard is supporting this facility with military precision. “Baltimore County is not only ready to ramp up here, but we can also ramp up in multiple sites,” Dr. Branch said. Healthcare workers, teachers, seniors and government workers are eligible to get their...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Mayors are calling for help. More than 280 are asking Congress to take action on pandemic and local government relief. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw both signed the letter sent to Congress. It calls on Congress to support President Joe Biden’s relief plan. The new relief plan from President Biden provides $350 billion to state and local governments. WATCH: Amy Wadas Provides Morning Update On Shorraw-Peduto Letter In their letter, the mayors say cities and their essential workers have been on the frontlines for almost a year. Cities had to create emergency responses while maintaining their everyday services and it has hit them financially. The group of mayors say one million government jobs have been lost. Mayor Shorraw says his city is doing ok but he wants Congress to act. He said unlike the federal government, states and cities have to have...
    Wednesday on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned the merits of an impeachment effort underway initiated by House Democrats. Graham argued against impeaching a president that has already left office and mentioned the possibility of impeaching former President Barack Obama for the lack of effort during the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. “We’ll play this out,” he explained. “We impeach the president today without any evidence. It’s just sheer hatred. If this becomes the norm, be careful what you wish for today. Under this theory, the radical left — if you can impeach a president after they’re out of office, why don’t we impeach George Washington? He owned slaves. Where does this stop? So, to my Republican colleagues, let’s stand firm for the idea — whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s not above the law.” “If he did something wrong, you know, you...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are teaming up with the Food and Drug Administration to help those with vision loss. The five-year partnership between Pitt School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Department and the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health will focus on “scientific collaborations, educational initiatives and outreach activities designed to address the epidemic of vision loss.” In a press release, Pitt’s Dr. José-Alain Sahel said, “It’s really exciting to see this happening. This will put Pitt in a position where we can work with the FDA on the validation of new technological approaches by developing programs and protocols. There is strong expertise at Pitt that is being recognized at an international level. Patients’ voices will nurture our projects and define the successes we all want to deliver.” Research shows that the number of individuals with visual impairments is expected to triple...
    The Rivera brothers are controversial, controversial, they go head-on … but they have a big heart, nobody can deny that. This weekend Juan and Rosie They organized a car wash for the most commendable reason: to help those in need. The brothers of the deceased Jenni Rivera They promised to help two families who are going through difficult times. Photo: The Grosby Group In addition to the “car wash” in Corona, California, the brothers organized a kermes for those in attendance. Photo: The Grosby Group On the one hand, they collected for Joseph Sarabia, a child who fights cancer and requires funds for his treatment. On the other for the family of Rachel Gomez, who recently passed away and left four children behind. With a lot of effort and support from the community, Juan and Rosie went out and washed cars, asked others to cooperate and inspired to...
    New York : The Rivera brothers are controversial, controversial, they go head-on … but they have a big heart, nobody can deny that. This weekend Juan and Rosie They organized a car wash for the most commendable reason: to help those in need. The brothers of the deceased Jenni Rivera They promised to help two families who are going through difficult times. Photo: The Grosby Group In addition to the “car wash” in Corona, California, the brothers organized a kermes for those in attendance. Photo: The Grosby Group On the one hand, they collected for Joseph Sarabia, a child who fights cancer and requires funds for his treatment. On the other for the family of Rachel Gomez, who recently passed away and left four children behind. With a lot of effort and support from the community, Juan and Rosie went out and washed cars, asked others to cooperate and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BETHEL PARK (KDKA) – Matt, a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethel Park, donated $1,000 in grocery gift cards to help families in need. He presented the gift cards to the Bethel Park Police Department on Thursday night. After he gave the gift cards to the police, they decided to split up the gift cards to donate to two charitable organizations that assist Bethel Park families in need. Police say they gave the cards to Black Hawk Family Relief Fund and Operation Feed a Neighbor.
    The FBI is seeking help from the public to identify individuals involved in a security breach at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  The agency tweeted a statement early Thursday saying it was seeking information that will assist in "identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence." "If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol," the FBI wrote.  COMEY SAYS BIDEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD NOT INVESTIGATE TRUMP During the chaos, these individuals broke windows, entered both the Senate and House chambers and entered into the offices of lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Robert J. Contee III, the city's top cop, said during a press conference late Wednesday there have been at least 52 arrests – 47 because of curfew violations. Police stand guard after holding off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol...
    More from: Nicole Gelinas Christmas memories: What I started to learn at 18 We need to save Manhattan retail to protect jobs for outer-borough dwellers The Federal Reserve emergency-lending program deserved to die Paycheck Protection Program wasnt perfect, but still a huge jobs saver Bill de Blasios rules for the Rock Center tree make absolutely no sense Rather late in the game, President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders have decided they’re on the same team. The goal: send a $2,000 check to most adults, on top of the $600 approved last month. The idea is to help the average American — but there is no average American: Why not use data to target aid where it’s needed?  Just like in the 1940s, when many people had a “good war,” many people are having a good pandemic, financially speaking. The people doing the best? Office workers who...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's a sad truth during the pandemic. More people are dying of drug overdoses, as the disruption to daily life hit people suffering from addiction."The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard," said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., in a December statement. "As we continue the fight to end this pandemic, it's important to not lose sight of different groups being affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from unintended consequences."Now, BRIGHTSIDE in Northern Illinois is expanding. BRIGHTSIDE Recovery is opening Monday, offering virtual help to those who are struggling."At BRIGHTSIDE Recovery, our focus is getting those who are seeking help into recovery within 24 hours, but we realize it is not a one size fits all," says Chris Gleason, Chief Clinical Officer at BRIGHTSIDE Recovery.BRIGHTSIDE can be reached at 224-205-7863.
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Volunteers helped distribute hundreds of meals Tuesday at the Meadowlands Area YMCA. It’s an effort that’s been going on since the pandemic started, but it just got a boost to keep providing until at least January. PSE&G donated $25,000, and the local Shoprite gave 350 turkeys. RELATED STORY — Tri-State Hunger: Cars Line Up Before Dawn For Food From Meadowlands YMCA Volunteers say the need has never been greater and every little bit makes a huge difference for the families. “You just don’t realize, until you work on these lines, how many people need it and appreciate it,” volunteer Lucia Suarez said. “This helps us because we can afford to buy medicine for my husband,” one woman said. “If we could give hugs to them all, we would,” one man said. The YMCA predicts by 2021, it will have handed out 1 million meals since...
    VILLA PARK (CBSLA) — A Villa Park family knows the reason for the season and wastes no time in giving back to the community. A mother-of-five, who made turkey dinners for a giveaway during Thanksgiving, again gave out meals and gift cards on Christmas Day to brighten spirits this holiday season. Anyone in need who saw Elizabeth Frazier’s post on social media about her giveaway was welcome to stop by and pick up the meal and gift card. “Everyone says we are in the same boat and we are not. We are in the same storm. We’ve just got to help each other best we can,” Frazier said. RELATED: Villa Park Family Provides Turkey Meals To Those Who Are Alone, Struggling This Thanksgiving Frazier said complete strangers saw her other donation of 100 home-cooked turkey dinners in front of her home on Thanksgiving and donated to help fund and give...
    KEVIN Spacey has uploaded his annual Christmas video urging those who "feel guilty or shame" to seek help in an anti-suicide message. The former House of Cards star released the festive video on Thursday. 1Spacey uploaded the video on ThursdayCredit: youtube "If you’re standing in a place that you can no longer remain standing, if you’re suffering and need help, if you feel guilt or shame, if you’re struggling with your identity, if your back’s up against the wall or if you feel that there is no path for you. "Whatever your situation, I promise you there is a path and that at this time, during this holiday and beyond, even if you don’t feel it, there are people out there who understand and who can help," he said. The disgraced actor titled the two-minute long video '1-800 XMAS.' Most read in News'HIS LEGACY'CNN’s Cuomo goes on anti-Trump stimulus rant...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey’s largest city has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Many people in Newark are struggling to get food, especially on a holiday. On Christmas Eve, a tradition continues at St. John’s Church to help those in need. (credit: CBS2) As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, Isaiah Carter comes to St. John’s soup kitchen every day for a warm meal. It means more than words could ever express. “Without places like this I would probably have to commit crimes and things like that just to get something to eat, or eat food out of the trash can,” he said. He’s grateful to the church, and the community member who make this happen. “These people give me the ability to enjoy the holiday despite the pandemic and my challenging situation,” he said. ARE YOU RUNNING OUT OF FOOD? Free food for New York City residents...
    Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s (D) office announced a new plan this weekend to help feed thousands of city residents who are being hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As part of the new plan, over $5.3 million will be put toward providing 20,000 food boxes weekly to residents.  “COVID-19 has deepened the inequity of food insecurity, especially in our Latinx and Black and Brown communities,” Scott said in statement announcing the effort on Friday. “As we approach the new year, many Baltimoreans are concerned about losing valuable federal resources that will expire in the new term.  “With this initiative, the City will be able to ensure there is no gap in support to feed our families over the next few months,” he continued.  Scott’s office said the boxes will be distributed to families at 100 sites across the city and include “produce and mixed food.” As part of the new effort,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat has stepped up to help those in need this holiday season. As food insecurity continues to grow in South Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami Heat has donated $1 million to Feeding South Florida. At a time of the year where many families enjoy each other’s company over a big holiday meal, others are still struggling to put the bare minimum on the table. Friday, the Miami HEAT, alongside Feeding South Florida and local politicians held a contactless drive-through food distribution to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. About 1,000 families received food at Friday’s distribution. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Manatee Mystery Solved: What Appeared To Be Decapitated Sea Cow Was Result Of FWC Necropsy Caught On Cam: 3 People Arrested After Fight Over PlayStation 5 Running Out At Walmart Gov. Ron Desantis Says Trump Loss Could Affect Florida Food insecurity is an...
    From trips to the dentist to vaccinations, injections are a mainstay of modern medicine. And, while it's fair to say few of us really like them, the mere thought of a needle is enough to make some pass out. Up to 10 per cent of the UK population has a needle phobia and, with the biggest vaccination programme in Britain's history under way — in which at least 30 million adults are due to be offered two shots of the coronavirus vaccine — millions of trypanophobics, as needle phobia is known, could be struggling with fear over the next few months. Up to 10 per cent of the UK population has the needle phobia trypanophobia. (Stock image) 'If someone does have an extreme needle phobia it could stop them going for their coronavirus vaccine,' says Rose Aghdami, a chartered psychologist in London who specialises in treating anxiety and phobias....
    BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – The latest statewide shutdown is hitting hospitality workers again and during the holiday season. This week thousands of people across the Commonwealth will file for unemployment as families try to put food on the table. “This whole year has pretty much been horrible. Yeah, it’s been pretty bad, I haven’t been able to pay my rent,” said Len Spampinato. Spampinato owns PapaGallo Cucina in Bridgeville and was forced to lay off his employees again. “I have different people from different backgrounds. I have a woman who’s in her 80s that works here. I have a young woman who’s 40 and has a family and this job really means a lot to her,” Spampinato said. The question becomes: how do the out of work provide for their families daily, but also for the holidays? “We know the struggles that servers have typically and they lost their hours...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Food banks have seen demand double since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Illinois Department of Employment Security estimated half a million residents could soon lose unemployment benefits if congress does not pass a new federal relief package.Julie Yurko from the Northern Illinois Food Bank said with federal relief set to expire, more families could need help feeding their families.She said SNAP benefits are available, but navigating the process can be confusing.People seeking help can call the food bank's SNAP Hotline at 844-600-SNAP (7627).The food bank also runs several mobile and pop-up markets for families to receive free groceries.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership, local restaurants, and 412 Food Rescue are teaming up to help Pittsburghers in need. A program that will use $1.5 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to provide thousands of meals to those in need. Local restaurants will make the meals and in exchange will receive $5,000 per week to help cover costs for supplies and employee pay.
    Whether we want to admit it or not, the truth is that our trash and plastic pollution has caused an environmental crisis. Think about it: almost every single time you shop for a product, it comes in tons of heavy plastic packaging. It may be easy to think that once the trash is out of sight, it disappears, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are around 700 marine species currently facing extinction due to entanglement, pollution, and ingestion of plastic. With over 300 million tons of plastic produced and nearly 8.8 million tons getting dumped into the oceans annually, we must take action to curb our trash pollution problem. Thankfully, there are small steps that we as consumers can take to minimize the amount of trash and plastic waste created every day, such as bringing a reusable shopping bag to the grocery store or bringing your own glass containers for bulk items. Every action, no matter how small, is...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- During a time when so many people are struggling to buy the basics, some families may find there's just not enough money for Christmas gifts.As it does every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys For Tots" program is here to help.But as an organization that relies on donations, the people there also need assistance.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1EMBED More News Videos During a time when so many people are struggling to buy the basics some families may find, there's just not enough money for Christmas gifts. Staff Sgt. Trevor Baker, the Toys for Tots coordinator, spoke on "Our Chicago" about the program.RELATED: Jeeps on the Run hosts 8th Annual Toys for Tots driveAnd Betsy Hughes, senior vice president and chief development officer for the United Way of Metro Chicago, spoke about the difficulties of raising money and serving so many people during a pandemic.WATCH: Our Chicago...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Saturday, South Florida mayors called on Congress to bring help to those most affected by the pandemic. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said, “This is not a Republican issue. It’s not a Democratic issue. It is about food insecurity about the most elemental needs of families in our country and we are urging Congress today to get together, put this package together and allow us to continue to help people who right now are confronting the most elemental challenges that a family can confront.” MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Mario Ariza: Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Ordered Public Health Officials Not To Discuss The COVID-19 Virus With The Public’ ‘I Love Him More Than Myself’: 71-Year-Old Homeless Man Heartbroken After His Service Dog ‘Skyp Dim’ Is Stolen Miami PD Alarmed By Child Abuse Case Where 4-Year-Old Boy Needed Surgery After 3rd-Degree Burns To Hand
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina say that some households in the state will be eligible to receive federal money to cover one monthly winter heating bill. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that the money would come from the federal Low-Income Energy Assistance program. North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services said the money is meant to help thousands of eligible seniors and people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic. The payment amounts will be based on the heating source. For instance, $300 will available for coal or wood. People who use natural gas or oil would get $400. For electric, the amount is $500. “More of our neighbors may be facing financial hardships because of COVID-19, and this funding can help eligible households with their heating expenses this winter,” state Health Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in a statement. The payment program begins Tuesday and is...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– This Thanksgiving is a tough one for many families impacted by job loss and insufficient housing during the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers and organizations have stepped up to help this holiday. (credit: CBS) That includes Jeremy Harris, the owner of Harris Funeral Directors. He teamed up with First Total Gospel Outreach and Main Street Ministries to hand out food to those in need. (credit: CBS) They set up a tent at East Colfax Avenue and Laredo Street in Aurora on Thanksgiving. With the help of a local chef who volunteered his time, they were able to give away 600 meals. (credit: CBS) Harris has a history of helping people. Earlier this month he provided rides to voters on Election Day so they could cast their ballots.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The pandemic has taken away a lot this year but it has not taken away people’s generosity. Every year the Light of Life Rescue Mission serves Thanksgiving meals and that will continue during this pandemic. The group of volunteers spent the morning getting meals together to help feed those who may need some help. These meals will be served outside the mission in a heated tent where guests can be physically distant and they will have to-go meals as well. Volunteers have taken safety precautions as well to prevent the spread of the virus. On Monday, the mission filled boxes with food to be delivered to nine local highrise buildings and neighborhoods in need. This year they plan to serve about 1,800 meals. To put into perspective how much this has grown – in 2012 when it started, Light of Life served 76 meals. This...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – It was a day of giving Tuesday, during a time when the need is great. The Fort Lauderdale’s Black Police Officer Association delivered Thanksgiving dinner to 1,700 people, which is twice as many as last year. “A little blessing,” says Quanda Akins, who received one of those turkey meals. “It makes one feel like they mean something, like they matter.” Akins says it has been a challenging year. She gave birth during the pandemic, just as her husband lost his job due to COVID. “There’s so much loss happening: loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of benefits loss of housing,” says Jami Young, a mental health therapist. “For many, many people, their basic needs are threatened or in question.” With money tight, resources strapped, and not being able to see many loved ones in person, it can all take a serious mental toll. “It is...
    The holidays can be a hard time for some in the best of circumstances. Add to that the coronavirus pandemic, and you have more people than ever struggling to get through the winter season. To help its users help each other, Facebook is adding a new Drives feature to the Community Help section that makes it easier for you and your friends to collect food, clothes and other vital goods for those in need. An icon near the top of the main Community Help page allows you to request or offer help. Once a drive is created, you can contribute to it through tapping another easy-to-find icon. Like a crowdfunding campaign, there’s a progress bar at the top that tells you how close the Drive is to accomplishing its goal. Facebook also gives you the option to contact the person who created the drive through Messenger. The company is...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago is relaunching Newsviews with a new name -- "Our Chicago."The new ABC7 segment will reflect the station's long-time commitment to covering a broad range of topics and issues that are important to its diverse audiences in the city and the suburbs.This week, the topic is food insecurity. It's a problem that's only been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1EMBED More News Videos Food insecurity is an even larger issue during the coronavirus pandemic; these organizations are trying to help. Greg Trotter from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Julie Yurko from the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Victor Garcia with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana joined "Our Chicago" to talk about the issue.The three discussed where food insecurity stand in the region, especially at the start of the holiday season. They also talked about how they're...
    Thousands of people have been affected by the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota on the Atlantic coast of Honduras and Nicaragua. That is why the Central American communities of South Florida have mobilized to help the victims in those sister countries. Donations of food, medicine and clothing are received at 1520 NW 79 Ave. in Doral, all week from 7 am to 4 pm. For donations of cash, the American-Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) has made the following accounts available:
    MURRIETA -- Max Khazaeian owns Mitra's cafe in Murrieta... specializing in Persian kabobs. Good food for a good price; and for some - it's completely free.Outside Mitra's you'll find a sign letting people know if you're hungry and don't have money, don't worry. Here, they'll feed you."A mom came with her 3 kids here, and she said she didn't have money, I gave them four plates, they were really happy, yeah," said Khazaeian.Some days nearly a dozen people will take him up on the offer. He's been doing it for nearly a year. It actually began as an idea to help people during the holidays last year. Then, came the coronavirus pandemic. Khazaeian brought back the sign, knowing even more people needed help."They lost their job and they don't have any money, so whoever comes in and say they don't have money we just feed them," said Khazaeian.Max is doing...
    NEW YORK -- Dr. Anthony Fauci has a hopeful message for those suffering from COVID-19 fatigue: "The cavalry is coming" in the form of a vaccine and "help is really on the way."Fauci told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that vaccines being developed "are going to have a major positive impact" once they start being deployed in December and early into next year. He says he hopes by April, May and June "the ordinary citizen should be able to get" a vaccine.In the meantime, Fauci says there are fundamental things Americans can do to stem the spread of the deadly virus. They include "universal and uniform" wearing of masks, avoiding crowds, keeping social distance and washing hands. He says that sounds simple against a very difficult challenge but "it really does make a difference."EMBED More News Videos "Good Morning America" reports on the U.S. coronavirus surge on Thursday, Nov....
    Deutsche Bank unveiled a new report Tuesday that said people who choose to work from home should be taxed 5% of their salary, with the revenue generated going to help people who cannot work from home. The report states a 5% ‘privilege’ tax could benefit workers who don’t have the opportunity to stay home. “Working from home will be part of the ‘new normal’ well after the pandemic has passed,” Jim Reid, research strategist at Deutsche Bank said in the report. “We argue that remote workers should pay a tax for the privilege. Our calculations suggest the amounts raised could fund material income subsidies for low-income earners who are unable to work remotely and thus assume more ‘old economy’ and health risks.” “Remote workers are contributing less to the infrastructure of the economy whilst still receiving its benefits,” the report notes. Deutsche Bank calls for a 5 percent “privilege” tax...
    Press Handout In a year where terrible news is the default, one local rapper gone global set about trying to create some good news for a handful of hungry fans. Tampa rapper KB (born Kevin Burgess) gave away 30 free lunches last week to those in need. KB has been active since 2012 and collaborated with artists like Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and For King & Country (stylized “for KING & Country”). The lyric video for his 2020 single “Armies” has been viewed over 2.2 million times. Last Thursday morning, he asked his Twitter followers to drop their Cash App usernames so he could pay for their lunches. Through a PR rep, KB told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that he ended up sending money to 30 of them. “In an incredibly difficult week, month, year, I just wanted to bless a few folks with something as simple as a meal,” KB...
    Pennsylvania is asking hunters to get fired up for a charitable cause. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity across the nation and is affecting over two million Pennsylvanians, according to the state's secretary of agriculture, which is now asking hunters to donate their prey to help feed those in need this season. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding urged the state's 850,000 licensed hunters to donate their deer to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, a nonprofit which organizes the processing and distribution of venison and wild game to feed the hungry. “A well-stocked freezer is not universal; more than 2 million Pennsylvanians are at risk for hunger," Redding stressed. (iStock) Every donation makes a difference; one average-sized deer can yield enough low-fat, high-protein meat for 200 meals, according to the Hunters Sharing the Harvest. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Hunters eager to give back with their game can bring deer...
    DENVER (CBS4)– A group advocating for rights of those experiencing homelessness is trying to keep them warm as the temperatures dip below freezing in the Denver metro area. The Wall of Moms spent Monday afternoon building soup can heaters. (credit: CBS) The candles are made out of soup or pop cans, or terra cotta pots, and a tea light candle can provide hours of light and warmth. The candles are designed to make the homeless more visible during the dark hours and help keep them warm in their tents. “Because if you’re cold standing here, imagine sleeping in it… it’s impossible,” said one group member. (credit: CBS) The group also claims that the city is wasting taxpayer dollars by conducting homeless camp cleanups rather than funding housing for the homeless. (credit: CBS) They distributed the candles to those near Civic Center Park on Monday afternoon.
    FREELAND, Md. (WJZ) — With Halloween now in the rearview mirror, many people may be looking for somewhere to ditch their used pumpkins. Luckily for those people, Jeff Lambert from the Whispering Rise Farm and Animal Sanctuary in Freeland will take them off their hands. The potbelly pig sanctuary is happy to take the pumpkins. “I guess (the pigs) just like pumpkin,” Lambert said. Each year, the farm gets numerous pumpkins dropped off, which helps Lambert and his team care for the nearly 70 pigs who live at Whispering Rise. “The pigs love the pumpkins; visitors love to come out and smash the pumpkins and watch the pigs eat them so we’re really happy, fall makes us really happy,” he said. Volunteer Deanne Hansen said pumpkin is also a healthy treat for the pigs. Whispering Rise rescues pigs whose owners may not have been up to the task. “We rescue...
    ARLINGTON, Texas — Free of context, Sept. 19, 2011 at Yankee Stadium served as just another day at the office for John Hirschbeck: See the same people, do the same job, go home. “You knew you were going to see strikes,” Hirschbeck said last week, when asked what it was like to umpire home plate for Mariano Rivera. “You knew that the doors were going to be closed. He’s just a class person. “When you’re that good, you don’t have to worry about umpires and what they’re doing. You just go out and do your job. And that’s the way it was behind the plate.” Routine as it might have felt, this was not a routine work shift. When Hirschbeck called a third strike on the Twins’ Chris Parmalee, he secured Rivera’s 602nd career save, which vaulted the Yankees icon ahead of Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. Among...
    Racial minorities are significantly overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness in metro Denver, a new study shows. "We need to address this if we want to make meaningful progress on homelessness," says Matt Meyer, executive director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, which just released its State of Homelessness 2020 Report. The report, which pulls from multiple data sources to help quantify the number of people experiencing homelessness in the metro area, indicates that Black and Native American individuals are represented disproportionately in the groups of those who are homeless or using services related to homelessness.Related Stories Denver Hit by Federal Class-Action Lawsuit Over Homeless Camp Sweeps Denver Safe-Camping Site Model Will Open to Public This Weekend Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver The report also notes that those experiencing homelessness in metro Denver are mostly male, usually have been homeless before, and often have higher rates...
    By CHARLES ROMANS, The Daily Independent ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Judith Little stood outside The Neighborhood in Ashland on Thursday, waiting for a ride back to her apartment. She had come specifically to the Ashland Community Kitchen, with the hope of getting one of the boxes of food it gives out once a month. She was not disappointed, and said that all of the people she has met at The Neighborhood are good people and very helpful. “I get their food boxes every time I can,” Little said. “They are real good about it, and they have a thing going on about seniors. If you are a senior, they have senior boxes with a lot of food in them. They have helped me a lot,” Little said. “And I come over here and eat during the week when they serve food, too,” she said. Little said the food boxes go...
    BREA (KABC) -- For the past seven years, Brea Police Officer Teri Hill has focused on the homeless full time."The big thing about this is making connections with people," she said. "Getting out there, meeting people, so when I call the shelter, they know who I am and they know that I'm there to help people."As the department's only homeless liaison officer, she and two full time volunteers utilize a number of local agencies and organizations."We have Orange County Mental Health, we have the Orange County Health Care Agency that I work with very closely and I can call them right now and they will come out and address the issue that we have with the homeless," said Hill.Most recently, they were able to get an 18-year-old mother into housing with her baby boy."We worked our butts off to get her into this house and she's still there," she said.On...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- La Casa Norte has been providing vital community services for years, services that are needed now more than ever.For 18 years now their mission has been clear and their focus direct."La Casa Norte serves youth and families who are confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and we deliver comprehensive services," said the organization's executive director, Jose Munoz.Their goal is to give a helping hand to those who have nowhere else to turn."The first step is to try and get a roof over their heads, provide a warm meal; from there we start working and looking for ways to stabilize their lives," Munoz said.Not only do they offer emergency shelters on the Southside and Logan Square, but they also have drop-in centers to get young people out of the elements and daily efforts all over town to help folks find apartments.RELATED: North Side runner shares journey...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- For more than 30 years, Ivette Cruz has worked at El Valor in Chicago, helping, supporting and encouraging disabled adults."I learned that there is nothing that they cannot accomplish. Sometimes they feel they can't because of their disabilities. I encourage them and tell them that they can do it," Cruz said.That can-do, will-do spirit keeps her passionate about her job."I feel happy. I feel I am doing something to satisfy their needs, and I get a lot of enjoyment to see the smiles and excitement," she said.El Valor supports 1,000 disabled adults, thanks to 84 workers.They're known as Direct Support Professionals - or DSPs."The DSPs at El Valor mean everything to us. Without them, we literally couldn't operate. Our adults wouldn't have anyone to make sure they are safe, that they are provided with medication, that they are assisted in cooking," said Jillian Gonzalez.And their jobs are...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Lyft on Thursday announced it is expanding its LyftUp Jobs Access Program, offering free or discounted rides to those looking for work. The program first launched in October of last year. It offers free Lyft car rides to and from job training programs, interviews, and the first three weeks of new employment so that the unemployed get a better chance at success. The expansion of the program is intended to support the economic mobility and recovery of tens of millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed – especially among communities of color – amid the unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.   As part of the program, Lyft will grow partnerships with Goodwill and United Way in 20 U.S. cities. In Chicago, Lyft and Goodwill will be distributing ride credits to people in their communities to help them get...
    (CNN) — Wildfires are wreaking havoc on California, forcing tens of thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic. A heat wave and lightning strikes intensified the crisis. California’s governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. Various non-profit organizations are responding to assist displaced residents and help with recovery. To support all of the organizations helping out, click on the button above or click here. United Way of Northern California is providing emergency cash grants to those who lost their homes. Due to the pandemic, long-term needs like rehousing and income recovery may be particularly difficult for fire victims. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is allocating funds to help. The Red Cross is accepting donations and hopes to enlist thousands of volunteers to help during wildfire season. It is accepting applications on its website. The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program accepts donations to help those affected by the fires. The organization provides $250 gift...
    San Antonio – Crews continue to clean up in Lousiana and Texas after Hurricane Laura, a category 4 storm, left many places in shambles. Christy Bormann and her canine partner, Gunny, from Bexar County, were some of several members of the Texas A&M Task Force 1 team sent to help victims just minutes after the storm hit. Gunny is a lifeline dog trained to search for people trapped in collapsed structures. Texas Division for Emergency Management establishes virtual shelter reception center for Hurricane Laura evacuees “We then moved down to Beaumont (Texas) to wait for the storm to make landfall so that we would be in a position to help anybody as quickly as possible after landfall,” Bormann said. Bormann and her partner both waited to see what the first teams found. “We had teams out doing what we call a rapid needs assessment. So they were driving around to...
    DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, officials in one Chicago suburb are working even harder to keep some of the most vulnerable safe.Institutions that typically house the homeless are finding themselves unable to do so because of the ongoing pandemic crisis, forcing organizations to find alternative resources.Stepping up to the task are local hotels offering to help house the homeless and restaurants pitching-in to feed them as community services emphasize that the need is greater now more than ever."There's a lot of need," said April Redzic, CEP of DuPage Pads. "People living close to the edge are having a difficult time right now."DuPage Pads is a client service center that aims to provide basic needs, as well as support for change in Wheaton.With homeless numbers skyrocketing, so is the need for shelter. Because of COVID-19 the county is no longer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A group of young girls selling bracelets to help heal our community ended their summer with a fundraiser Sunday. Kamryn Johnson and her friends were at the Scheels in Eden Prairie. The girls started selling bracelets back in May to raise money for struggling communities after George Floyd’s death. They’ve raised over $130,000 to date. The money is helping people get necessities like food and clothing. Kamryn is the 9-year-old daughter of former Gopher football standout Ron Johnson. He says the bracelets are taking on a new stage in the business. “Scheels is actually gonna carry 150 of these at the front lanes, and during football season during the fall, I think right around October, they’ll be in stores,” Ron Johnson said. There will also be another 500 bracelets for sale online later this fall. Ron Johnson talked with WCCO about the protests that have been happening...
    FARMERS BRANCH (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texans are ready to help their coastal neighbors that have evacuated from Hurricane Laura’s path. The City of Dallas has rented every room at the Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel to provide emergency shelter for hundreds of evacuees from the Beaumont area. Hotels across North Texas, that laid off workers during the COVID-19 crisis, are now scrambling to hire them back. The general manager at the Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel, Zachery Warren, said the industry is struggling to meet the sudden demand, but he is grateful to hire his employees back that have been without a job for six months. “It was the best phone call I’ve ever made,” Warren said. In addition, multiple North Texas fire departments have sent resources to help those impacted by the hurricane. Dallas Fire Rescue, Flower Mound, Richardson, McKinney, Cedar Hill and Sachse Fire Departments all sent crews...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As more Marylanders recover from COVID-19, those who’ve had the virus are now helping those who are still suffering from the shortness of breath, coughing and fever. In coordination with the Blood Bank of Delmarva, the Maryland COVID Plasma Initiative hosted a plasma drive. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The donations will go to the Maryland Blood Bank and then local hospitals to help those who are suffering from COVID-19. Doctors say antibodies in the plasma may help patients recover faster and suffer less. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    DENVER (CBS4)– Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming are getting ready to respond to two major storms, including Hurricane Laura. The hurricane is expected to make landfall in Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday evening. (credit: CBS) The other storm, Tropical Storm Marco, made landfall earlier this week. Some volunteers have already deployed to serve those impacted by the storms. Others will be deploying virtually. (credit: CBS) The coronavirus pandemic has changed the organization’s physical response to these disasters but the volunteers will continue to provide the same comfort and support to those in need.
    Matthew Rozsa August 12, 2020 11:05PM (UTC) President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Saturday that he claimed would help American renters stave off the ongoing threat of eviction — a crucial need, given that economists predict 20 million Americans will face eviction by the end of September 2020. Yet experts agree that Trump's order won't actually do anything.  : While the CARES Act imposed a temporary eviction moratorium under certain conditions, that order has now expired. To remedy this, Trump's executive order, titled "Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners," instructs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine whether possible measures temporarily halting evictions would be reasonably necessary to halt the spread of COVID-19. The order also asks the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This is a tough time for everyone, especially people who are having a difficult time putting food on the table. So the “We Are Philly” T-shirt campaign began. For every shirt sold, a package of fresh produce from Giordano Garden Groceries is given to a Philadelphian in need. So far, 8,300 tees have been sold, which means 8,300 packages of groceries have been delivered. Chefs, athletes and celebrities have been posting pictures wearing the shirts to raise awareness and money to help our neighbors. Philadelphia restauranteur and philanthropist Joe Wasserman came up with the idea. “Anybody who is anybody wants to help out, and that’s what’s so cool about our city. It’s not like to each his own, it’s for each for everyone, and that’s huge. We are a small piece of the fabric of our city,” Wasserman said. The shirts come in the colors of Philly’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A masked-up Minnesota raises challenges for communication, especially for the hearing impaired. But there’s a way we can all understand each other better while wearing masks, hearing loss or not. Paul Neu, of Plymouth, says he lost some of his hearing from working for years in loud kitchens. “I want people to know that I have more difficulty hearing than regular people,” he said. “We have fans and hoods, pots and pans banging around.” Wearing masks has made it extra tough on him to communicate with his coworkers. His hearing aid helps with the volume, but so much else gets lost. “You can’t tell people’s tone or their mood and we rely more on facial expressions than we do voice,” he said. Dr. Dave Fabry, of Starkey Hearing Technologies, has studied and worked in hearing science for decades. He says there are three ways COVID-19 safety measures...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The City of Denver is trying to stop the spread of coronavirus in the streets. Health officials offered testing and other health services to the homeless population in Lincoln Park on Wednesday. (credit: CBS) The hope is to get people who test positive for COVID-19 off the streets and into quarantine in hotel rooms. Denver Health also handed out face masks at the event. (credit: CBS) “We just need to do everything that we can to make sure that the virus is not spreading and protecting this really vulnerable population,” said Denver Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Scott Gilmore. (credit: CBS) The tests are being turned around as quickly as possible so if someone does test positive, he or she will be easy to find.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Photographers from around the country today came together on Wednesday to help people who are out of work due to COVID-19.The goal? Thousands of free headshots for unemployed Americans in one day."I do movies and TV and stage in this town and we've been completely shut down," said actor Donn Harper.Harper has been out of work for months since theater and studio productions closed in Chicago. But now, he has a brand new headshot to use in whatever role he wants, whether on stage or in an office."Right now nobody has any money, and we all need a look, so it makes people feel better. It's really a boost," he said.How you look can impact how you feel, and how you feel during a job search in the COVID-19 era makes a big difference."They say first impressions last forever, so the first impression they give to the...
    Coronavirus comes in six different forms and each has a ‘particular cluster of symptoms’, scientists revealed. Data gathered by King’s College London’s Covid Symptom Study app was used to predict which patients will require hospitalisation based on their early symptoms. Experts said the findings could have important implications for identifying and treating those who are more vulnerable and will suffer from a severe type of Covid ahead of a possible second wave.  Data gathered by King’s College London’s Covid Symptom Study app has identified six different forms of coronavirus A continuous cough, fever and loss of smell are the three main symptoms of the virus but others include headaches and diarrhoea. The researchers studied whether particular symptoms tended to appear together. They used data gathered from 1,600 Covid patients in the UK and US between March and April.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Department...
    HAMPTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — With masks being mandated by Governor Tom Wolf, facial expressions can be lost and some people who are hard at hearing aren’t able to read lips. Several companies are making masks with clear material around mouths so people can see each other’s faces. This includes one in our area. Rose Morris with Abram’s Nation has been making masks since early in the pandemic. “Just happy to help,” she said while sewing a mask. Within the last few weeks, clients asked if her Hampton Township company could make ones with clear material around the mouth. “Sometimes I call it the see my smile mask,” Morris said with a smile that could be seen through her mask. Many of the people Morris works with help people with special needs…including hearing impairments, and others who couldn’t recognize a trusted adult with a mask over their face. “When you’re not...
    SAN ANTONIO – According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, convalescent plasma is urgently needed in Bexar County to help critically ill patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The demand has greatly changed in the last month, which is why they need the help from those who have fully recovered from the respiratory illness. Health experts say there isn’t a proven treatment for COVID-19; however, it’s believed that this form of transfusion can help hospitalized patients recover quicker from the virus. “When they get a unit of convalescent plasma, it has neutralizing antibodies in it,” Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer for STBTC, said. “Those antibodies help fight the COVID-19 virus.” Just a few weeks ago, STBTC said they were shipping out about five to six units of plasma each day. Due to the surge of cases linked to Memorial Day weekend, and with not enough donors, Waltman said now...
    SAN ANTONIO – Alternative baseball is a newer baseball league that gives teens and adults with disabilities and autism the opportunities to play the sport, and learn important life lessons. It is on pause right now because of the pandemic, but recruiting and organizing teams is a 24/7 activity. “Growing up, I still faced a lot of social stigma, what one with autism can and cannot accomplish,” Taylor Duncan said. Duncan started Alternative Baseball in 2016 to help those with disabilities and autism break the stereotype and become more included. “With the positive experiences that I’ve had over the years to America’s pastime, that has both helped me on and off the baseball diamond, I’m able to start this authentic baseball experience for others, just like myself, participate,” Duncan said. The founder said the league is not just about baseball. Yes there is everything that comes with sports, but it...
    Our country’s systemic racism combined with inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 threaten a 15-year trend of improving educational advancements of low income and minority students. Unless we take bold action, we are on the precipice of creating a lost generation of students, without secure pathways to adult success, further increasing racial injustice and economic dislocation. A key, immediate step is to expand AmeriCorps to enable all students to receive the supports they need when schools reopen. We’ve learned that national disasters, when overlaid on existing racial inequities and economic challenges, have negative consequences on education that are long-term and far-reaching. After Hurricane Katrina, it took students in New Orleans nearly two years to recover from the learning disruption and negative consequences stretched on for a decade or more. We can now anticipate a similar “COVID-19” effect with three particularly worrisome impacts: Elementary students will have the largest academic losses; middle and...
    HYDE PARK — After filing more than 40 eviction lawsuits in April, the CEO of a Hyde Park property management company said those in danger of losing their homes hadn’t “clearly” communicated their need for rent relief — despite evidence to the contrary. Though they say they’ve kept their landlord updated on their financial situation for months, two East Hyde Park tenants still are facing an eviction lawsuit, as first reported by the Hyde Park Herald. Hilary Leithauser and Takintayo Akinbiyi were named in one of eight lawsuits filed by TLC Property Management immediately before a statewide evictions ban went into effect. The suit, filed April 22, alleges damages of $1,430 plus court costs to cover April’s rent and fees, according to public records. Emails provided to Block Club show Leithauser first offered documentation of her job situation in late March and continued to update management on her finances,...
    CARMICHAEL (CBS13) – California National Guard members recently answered the state’s call for help with coronavirus testing during the pandemic. These days, they can be seen at senior care homes to help test some of the most vulnerable populations. The unusual sight, guard members in fatigues, could be seen Thursday as they helped test at an assisted-living home in Carmichael. Capt. Serenity Holden and Staff Sgt. Beth Williams are among those called in to help the state, and they’re proud. “Being called to state activation in response to COVID is awesome,” Staff Sgt. Williams said. At AEGIS in Carmichael, guard members help the state give mandatory COVID-19 tests to residents. “We’re trying to make sure this testing gets done for them as quickly as possible to isolate them as quickly as possible,” Capt. Holden said. READ: National Guard Called In To Administer COVID-19 Testing At Senior Care Facilities But for those...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There was a show of love in Philadelphia this Father’s Day, as meals were distributed to those in need. Eyewitness News was at Love Park, where the mission group Chosen 300 Ministries served meals Sunday morning. The group invited the Philadelphia police to participate. (credit: CBS3) Executive Director Brian Jenkins called it a celebration of black, blue and brown. “There’s some good officers on our force in Philadelphia that operate, they follow the law,” he said. UPS also was on hand for the celebration. The company gave the mission $10,000 to continue its work.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Don’s Appliances is partnering with Habitat For Humanity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Until yesterday, Don’s Appliances would deliver new refrigerators for free, that way the old ones could find a new home. Today, Don’s donated the appliances to the ReStore home in Swissvale. “The products that we received from them, the appliances, are very important as one of our highest-selling products in that we have in our ReStore,” said Dr. Howard Slaughter, the president and CEO of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. “We’re excited because these products will be purchased by families who will then put these products in their homes and this is a way for us to help the community. The proceeds will benefit Habitat For Humanity’s homeownership and repair programs.
    ROGERS PARK — A donation drive is letting Rogers Park residents help out a Hyde Park-based organization giving aid to those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis Ave., has teamed with local elected officials to host a donation drive for Brave Space Alliance, a Black-led, trans-led organization that has been aiding protesters and those impacted by coronavirus. Through Sunday, the restaurant is accepting donations that will help those who can’t access food and other needed supplies due to the virus or the property damage that caused the closure of stores throughout the city. Items being accepted include: ice packs, water, general medical supplies, protective face masks, fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly supplies, pop tarts, granola, snack bars and paper towels. If R Public House is not open at the time of arrival, leave the donations at the front door. The donation...
    PETALUMA, Calif. -- The Petaluma People Service Center is an organization that offers 59 human services to the Petaluma community with the sole purpose of helping to make people's lives better."When the pandemic broke out, we had to increase the numbers and we had to increase fast; in fact, it was almost tenfold how many people we had to serve instantly," executive director Elece Hempel revealed.When Heritage Salvage founder and owner Michael Bug Deakin found out Petaluma People Services Center's Meals on Wheels program needed help, he wanted to figure out how to raise the additional dollars needed in order to continue to feed seniors and make sure families have access to food.Deakin had an idea that hearkened back to the days of Victory Gardens. "People will pay $75 for a garden bed. People will give the money directly to Petaluma People Service Center, so we'll fund Meals on Wheels...
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