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Minnesota Attorney General Sues Savers Over Charity Claims

The Minnesota attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the Savers thrift store chain, claiming it’s misleading people who donate clothing and household items about how much their donations benefit charities.

05/21/2015

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Local Companies Team Up To Fight Sex Trafficking

Minnesota-based company My Sister is teaming up with a private family foundation in efforts to quell sex trafficking in the state.

05/14/2015

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Tax Tips: What You Need to Know About Write Offs And Donations

Knowing what you can legitimately deduct off your taxes and what receipts you didn’t need to hold on to after all, can help both you and your accountant avoid a lot of headaches.

04/07/2015

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Local Company Helps You Save Dollars And Give Back

But while you’re stocking up on spring items, one company is encouraging you to give back while shopping. Many people know what Small Business Saturday is; well this business is sort of an extension of that.

03/04/2015

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WCCO Viewers Donate Big To Make-A-Wish’s Nat’l Airline Miles Drive

WCCO viewers raised about 12 million total airline miles during during Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive in February.

02/26/2015

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Donations To Salvation Army Red Kettles Down

Donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles are down this year, said a spokesperson for the organization. According to the spokesperson, Salvation Army’s goal for October through December was $11.5 million.

12/26/2014

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Take A Rare Look Inside A Red Kettle

The Salvation Army raises around $3 million every year in the Twin Cities through their red kettle campaign. The campaign started in San Francisco in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee came up with the idea to collect money to feed the poor during the holiday season. He used a single iron kettle for donations.

12/17/2014

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Clothing Donations Way Down At Salvation Army

It’s clothing donations all year long that help support important Salvation Army programs.

12/05/2014

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Rehab Program In Jeopardy Due To Lack Of Clothing Donations

Staff members at the Twin Cities Salvation Army are getting the word out that clothing donations are critically low. As a result, their Adult Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis is in jeopardy.

12/03/2014

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Vikings Among Hundreds Of Volunteers At Mpls. Salvation Army

In the spirit of the holiday, hundreds of volunteers are making the day a little brighter for those in need. About 500 people gathered at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon for a Thanksgiving meal.

11/27/2014

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Minnesota Sets A Record On ‘Give To The Max’ Day

Minnesotans helped break a record on Thursday, Give to the Max Day. The 24-hour campaign of online donations ended at midnight. More than 120,000 people donated money adding up to more than $18 million for charities and non-profit organizations.

11/14/2014

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Give To The Max Day Donations Will Help One Mpls. Nonprofit Give Back

It’s what many Minnesotans love to do, make charitable donations. For the sixth year in a row, ‘Give to the Max Day’ is allowing us to give in a 24-hour online frenzy.

11/13/2014

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Salvation Army Kicks Off Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army kicked off the giving season with its “Rock the Red Kettle” Campaign Saturday. Hundreds of bell ringers set up throughout the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon.

11/08/2014

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Twin Cities Businesses Help To ‘Scare Hunger’

Kids will be trick or treating for more than just candy on Halloween this week. Many will be collecting non-perishable food items for “We Scare Hunger” — a drive to help fill food banks sponsored by Free the Children. But some adults are getting a head start. The doctor’s office can be a scary place, but Entira Family Clinics are helping to scare away hunger.

10/29/2014

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White Bear Lake Firefighter Reaches Goal Of Filling U-Haul With Donations

A White Bear Lake firefighter who vowed to camp out until a U-Haul was completely filled with donations for the area food shelf has reached his goal – all before Sunday football. On Friday, firefighter Jeff Loeks said he wouldn’t leave downtown White Bear Lake until the U-Haul was filled with donations intended for the White Bear Area Food Shelf.

10/19/2014

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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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Twin Cities Takes Part In ‘Stamp Out Hunger Day’

Saturday, May 10 is Stamp Out Hunger Day, the largest single-day food drive in the country. While letter carriers delivered mail Saturday, they also collected bags of food left by people on their regular routes. More than 2,000 mail carriers in the Twin Cities took part.

05/10/2014

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Allina Health Collects 10,000 Shoes For Kids In Need

Some local kids are going to start the spring running. It’s all thanks to the people at Allina Health, who have collected 10,000 shoes for kids in need.

04/23/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Apples, Donations & Escalators

Becca from Sartell asked: Why do we give an apple to a teacher? Some believe the apple is a symbol is knowledge. But others suggest that back in the 1800s, frontier families were responsible for feeding teachers and apples happened to be plentiful. The tradition continues even after families no longer fed teachers.

04/04/2014

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Bridging Hopes Spring Cleaning Will Increase Donations

A Twin Cities nonprofit that calls itself the largest furniture bank in the country is running low on its inventory. So it’s hoping spring cleaning will help.

03/19/2014

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WCCO Viewers Help ‘Cupid’ The Dog Get Needed Surgery

A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he’s received thanks to WCCO’s viewers. On Saturday night, we introduced you to a 3-month-old hound named Cupid. The rescue group Ruff Start took him in, knowing he’d need surgery to fix his deformed front paws.

03/04/2014

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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

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MOA Hosts 6th Annual Walk To End Hunger, Raises $305K

A Thanksgiving tradition returns Thursday with the sixth annual Walk to End Hunger inside the Mall of America. This year’s event has been expanded beyond its 5K family-fun walk to raise money for 12 Twin Cities area hunger-related charities.

11/28/2013

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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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