WORTH TOWNSHIP, IL — The "Stuff the Batmobile Toy Drive" had a great first turnout Saturday as area residents dropped off toys for Worth Township Youth Commission's Christmas Cares program. Santa and the Grinch were on hand to adults and kids alike who dropped off unwrapped toys and posed for pictures in front of the Oak Lawn Batmobile. At the end of the day, the toy drive collected around 200 toys. Worth Township Tr. Kelly Sexton-Kelly, who chairs the youth commission, said the toys will be distributed to families experiencing financial hardship. "We try to get as much as we can to those families at Christmas," Sexton-Kelly said. "This is an amazing thing for us to display this wonderful Batmobile and to have families come out and visit Santa." Demand has been high this holiday season, and Worth Township is still accepting toy donations for children ages 0-14. Especially needed are gifts for children in the 10 to 14 age range. Drop new, unwrapped toys off at Worth Township … [Read more...] about ‘Stuff the Batmobile Toy Drive’ Has Good First Turnout
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The Maren Sanchez Home Foundation (MSHF), recently launched a Giving Tuesday campaign to raise money so it can expand its unique workshops and self-defense programs for girls and young women. "The mission of our foundation is to educate and empower girls and young women to defend themselves against emotional, psychological and verbal manipulation and physical violence," says Donna Cimarelli, founder and CEO of MSHF. "Our goal is to raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday to help bring our training to more places in Connecticut, New England, and across the country. Our lectures and workshops help girls, young women, and parents learn to recognize concerning behavior. And we offer a life-changing HER-Self Defense class led by Milford-based MMA fighter "Notorious" Nick Newell." The foundation's noble mission has a tragic beginning. Maren Victoria Sanchez, Cimarelli's daughter, died in 2014. She was the victim of a violent attack while in her school in Milford, CT. "What we often hear after … [Read more...] about Maren Sanchez Home Foundation looks to expand its lifesaving work
FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, filephoto Robin Hazal shops at a Kohl's ahead of Black Friday in Las Vegas. New data on U.S. retail sales will provide another view of how the holiday shopping season is going. Economists predict the Commerce Department will report Friday that retail sales rose 0.4% in November. less FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, filephoto Robin Hazal shops at a Kohl's ahead of Black Friday in Las Vegas. New data on U.S. retail sales will provide another view of how the holiday shopping season is going. ... more Photo: John Locher, AP Photo: John Locher, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, filephoto Robin Hazal shops at a Kohl's ahead of Black Friday in Las Vegas. New data on U.S. retail sales will provide another view of how the holiday … [Read more...] about This Week: GameStop earns, Fed meeting, retail sales
CHICAGO — The good news for kids this Halloween: They’ll likely come home with a bigger pile of candy than of healthy snacks while out trick-or-treating. Americans have a wide variety of plans to celebrate the spooky holiday this year, from carving pumpkins to watching scary movies. Some even plan to make their dogs and cats suffer the fate of being forced into goblin or Spiderman outfits. Those are just some of the findings of a poll conducted ahead of Halloween by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. A majority of Americans think it’s unsafe for kids to trick-or-treat alone, including about a third who say it’s very unsafe. Perhaps not surprisingly, city residents and people with younger children at home are especially likely to say it’s very unsafe.“There’s all these kidnappings and stuff going on,” said Lamar Walker, of Huntsville, Alabama, in explaining why this year he is taking his sons, 12 and 6, to a … [Read more...] about Halloween plans across the country, from candy to costumed pets
The winter holidays are right around the corner. Soon, many Americans will gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for abundant blessings and freedoms as they indulge in a surfeit of delicious traditional foods. Leftovers will last for days. In December, people of different faiths and traditions will celebrate religious or cultural holidays – enjoying more festive and plentiful food and the added indulgence of gift-giving. This season can leave many of us feeling stuffed and uncomfortable – in more ways than one. As you plan for this “season of excess,” consider a few eye-opening facts: Over Halloween, Americans spent $490 million on costumes for pets, $3.2 billion on costumes for people, and $2.6 billion on candy treats. Billions more were spent on decorations. In November and December, Americans are expected to spend $730 billion on holiday buying of gifts (often unneeded or unwanted), food, greeting cards and wrapping paper. The 2.65 … [Read more...] about On Philanthropy: Suffering from seasonal gluttony syndrome? Here’s a cure.