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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Salvation Army kicked off the holiday season with its “Rock the Red Kettle” Campaign on Saturday as hundreds of bell ringers set up at Cub Food Stores throughout the Twin Cities. The Salvation Army is looking to raise more than $10 million this season, and in order to reach that goal, Commander Jeff Strickler said they will need a lot more volunteers. “We have 120,000 hours to fill with volunteer bell ringers, so we can use all the help we can get from people,” Strickler said. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a few dollars donated, Strickler said it all adds up.
A restaurant that tries to bring fine dining to the masses got a lot of help from those masses on Tuesday night. Travail in Robbinsdale closed down in April to change locations to a bigger space. On Tuesday it started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to help build it with the goal of $75,000 in the next 30 days.
In the wake of the gravel slide incident that rocked Peter Hobart Elementary School, many Minnesotans are looking for a way to help the students and their families, including parents of classmates. One of those parents also happens to own a cheesecake shop, with plenty of room for donations.
He died in the line of duty, serving as a Cold Spring police officer. Now, there is a court fight over all of the money people donated after his death.