Charity

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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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‘Free Bikes for Kidz’ Holds Several Metro Collection Events

A huge effort to collect used bikes for kids in need took place throughout the metro Saturday. Free Bikes for Kidz held its collection event at various locations, including Allina clinics. All of the bikes will be cleaned, refurbished and given to local kids right before the holidays. C.J. Lunning spent her summer collecting bikes at garage sales. She donated more than a hundred gently used bikes to the event.

10/12/2013

We Day Queen Noor Of Jordan

Queen Noor Empowers Youth At We Day

Some 18,000 were mesmerized by the music at the first ever We Day at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. But they were also transfixed by the message from a 62-year-old American who became the Queen of Jordan.

10/08/2013

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We Day Volunteers Party On Event’s Eve

We Day, a charity-based music event that started in Canada, invades the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday. Eighteen-thousand kids from 400 Minnesota schools are attending, and the only way they could get a ticket is by helping others. Volunteers have been working around the clock to get the event together. According to Dean Phillips, co-chair of We Day Minnesota, the Twin Cities is the first city in the Midwest to host this global event.

10/07/2013

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Bikers Mount Up To Out-Ride Breast Cancer

A sea of pink took over the roads Saturday in the north metro. It was part of a unique, head-turning motorcycle run for charity, where the passion of the riders is just as bright as the color they’re wearing. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist Melissa Martz rode along in the Pink Ribbon Run.

08/24/2013

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