Charity

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MPD Officer Wins 5th Consecutive Charity Eating Contest

The Twin Cities finest stretched their stomachs Tuesday afternoon — all in the name of charity. Officers from St. Paul, Minneapolis and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department took part in the third annual “Wiener Take All” hot dog eating contest.

07/22/2014

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Jeter Bids Twins Farewell, Gets Metrodome’s 2nd Base

This weekend likely isn’t Derek Jeter’s last time playing in Minnesota — he’s nearly a lock to make his 14th All-Star team here in a little more than a week. But it will be his last time playing against the Twins, with the future Hall of Famer announcing that this will be his final season.

07/05/2014

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Give Back While Working Out At New Mpls. Fitness Store

If you like to look good while working out, you’ll love a brand new fitness shop that just opened in downtown Minneapolis. Lole has a great store front on Washington Avenue. But it’s what takes place on the roof, and what they do for charity, that caught our attention.

06/28/2014

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‘Operation Walk’ Helps Provide Free Hip, Knee Replacements

Michelle Williams’ energy is ever-present. And so is her limp. The online auction manager never stops moving around her 4,000 square-foot warehouse. But when running her forklift became more than just a pain, Williams realized she needed help. “I like to have fun,” Williams said.

06/17/2014

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Minnesota Teen Finishes Year Spent Sleeping Outside

Seventeen-year-old Rudy Hummel hasn’t let one of the coldest winters in decades, drenching rain or clouds of mosquitoes prevent him from sleeping outside every night for a full year. Hummel was preparing Friday to spend one last night in his treehouse at his family’s home in Hermantown.

06/06/2014

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WCCO Viewers Dominate Make-A-Wish’s Nat’l Airline Miles Drive

WCCO viewers raised over 85 percent of the total airline miles donated nationwide during Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive in April. According to Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s development director, the organization raised 21 million miles nationally during the drive, and 18 million of those came directly from viewers of WCCO.

05/16/2014

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Postal Workers Picking Up Food For ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Mail carriers will be doing more than just delivering letters on Saturday. They’ll also be picking up groceries. Their efforts are going to be taken in conjunction with “Stamp Out Hunger” Day.

05/08/2014

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With ‘Chad’s Locker,’ Vikings’ Greenway Helps Sick Kids & Their Families

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has made a name for himself by making big plays on the field. Off the field, he’s making a big impact with families who find themselves in the Twin Cities for medical treatment. His “Lead the Way Foundation” focuses on helping support chronically-ill children and their families.

04/13/2014

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Hope Chest Helps Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients

Saving money while trying to save your own life. It’s a concept that seems unfair when your life should be seen as priceless. But for many low-income people, it’s a reality. The founder of a local charity aimed to help women fighting breast cancer is doing something to change that. All proceeds from “Hope Chest for Breast Cancer” go to help local women who struggle to meet their immediate needs of food, transportation and medical costs.

02/05/2014

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Dancing With The Twin Cities Celebrities — Hope Chest Phone Bank

WCCO-TV and Aristea Brady are fundraising for Hope Chest as part of her participation in Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities. Each dancer in the competition competes for a charity of his or her choice. Aristea chose Hope Chest.

02/03/2014

Food Shelf

Pastor Vows To Help Pack 2 Million Meals

A Detroit-area pastor is looking to help the hungry in a big way. The Rev. Brad Powell wants 10,000 volunteers to assist him in packing 2 million meals over a three-day period next month.

01/27/2014

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WCCO Plays Pond Hockey With ‘Wild’ Ringer

Team WCCO braved the elements Saturday for a pair of charity pond hockey games on Lake Minnetonka. The team ranged in age from 14 to 62, and happily accepted the help of former Wild player Mark Parrish as a ringer. “This is awesome,” Parrish said. “It takes you right back. This is where it all began for all of us.” The wind chill on Lake Minnetonka was minus 15, but it was all for a good cause.

01/25/2014

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Minn. Teen To Sleep Outside For A Year For Charity

A northern Minnesota teen who is vowing to sleep outside for a year is planning to help two charities.

01/23/2014

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1-1-14 The Polar Plunge On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Are these people courageous or nuts? Listen to Dave Lee and Bill Wenmark by clicking the link.

01/01/2014

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Bereaved Families Pay Forward Holiday Acts Of Kindness

This Christmas Eve, WCCO brings you the story of two Minnesota mothers with an unbelievable strength dedicated to brightening the holidays for other families. It all started with a connection they wish they never made, but one that’s led to Christmases filled with hope for hundreds of others.

12/24/2013

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‘St. Grand’ Makes 1st $1K Gift To Red Kettles This Season

Just as the charity was announcing a downturn in donations, the mysterious “St. Grand” is once again leaving generous donations in the Salvation Army’s red kettles. A donation of $1,000 — in the form of a bundle of 10 $100 bills — showed up in a red kettle in Roseville on Black Friday.

11/30/2013

Lakeville Schools

13 Schools Sent Mystery Gift Cards To ‘Pay It Forward’

The season of giving is upon us, and some Lakeville schools recently got a lesson in giving back. On Monday, schools across the district received an anonymous gift in the mail: a $100 Cub Foods gift card. The only instruction was to forward it to a family in need.

11/21/2013

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Anxious Buyers Camp Out For Cities 97 Sampler CD

This holiday season, you can help Minnesota charities while enjoying music from some of the industry’s most popular names. A local staple of the holidays for several years has been the release of the Cities 97 Sampler CD.

11/21/2013

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Radiothon Raises Enough For 100,000 Thanksgiving Meals

In its 11th year staging the annual Hunger Mission Radiothon, NewsRadio 830 WCCO managed to raise nearly $200,000 to benefit the Union Gospel Mission. The Radiothon was held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Tuesday from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

11/20/2013

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Local Charity Helps Job Seekers Dress For Success

As Billy Crystal’s Saturday Night Live character Fernando Lamas said: It is better to look good than to feel good. That was a joke, obviously, but there’s some truth to the idea that when you look good, you feel good. And the one place that might be most true is during a job interview.

11/15/2013

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Tips To Make Sure Your Donation Goes To Charity

There are so many charities out there, it’s sometimes hard to know which ones you should donate to, where you’re reassured your money going directly to the cause. Last year alone, Americans donated more than $300 billion to charities.

11/12/2013

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Halloween Display Scares Up Costumes For Kids

Ryan Ridgley makes no secret of his love of Halloween. “I’d say this year the favorite is the guillotine,” Ridgley said. In his Richfield yard, the scary and supernatural come to life. His layout is planned months in advance, and he makes most of the eerie items by hand. His Halloween perfection takes time and money. “I can’t say the exact amount because my girlfriend will get upset,” he said. “There was a comma in it a long time ago.” But for Ridgley, the bigger the display, the bigger the turnout. And the bigger turnouts provide more opportunity to help others.

10/26/2013

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Gov. Dayton Declares Tuesday ‘Love Your Melon Day’

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Tuesday to officially be “Love Your Melon Day.” The event is meant to honor thousands of local children battling cancer and their families that have been there to support them.

10/22/2013

Christine and Juanita have been a part of each others' lives through the Big Brother Big Sister organization for over six years. (credit: Robb Long/Minnesota Parent)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Faces Big Cuts

Hundreds of Minnesota kids in need will be affected as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities says they’ll be stopping services in eight counties.
he move will affect about 600 kids and their mentors.

10/16/2013

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