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Cops Stake Out Dunkin’ Donuts Rooftops For Charity

All over the Chicago area today, police officers are spending some time on top of Dunkin’ Donuts shops. It’s part of an annual push to get you to donate to Special Olympics.

05/31/2013

Kwagala Project founder Kristen Hendricks poses with women from Uganda who were victims of human trafficking. (Supplied to CBS)

Chicago Woman Helps Human Trafficking Victims Start Fresh

A Chicago area businesswoman is proving all it takes to make a difference is a big heart. She’s helped hundreds of women start their lives over again in the U.S., after they were victims of human trafficking halfway around the world.

CBS 2–05/15/2013

All of the food at the Emmanuel Faith Food Pantry was ruined when the building flooded during last week's heavy rains. Twelve freezers also have to be replaced. (Photo courtesy: Pastor Trudy Griffins)

North Chicago Food Pantry’s Supplies Ruined By Floods

Pastor Trudy Griffins showed off the basement where all of Emmanuel Faith Food Pantry’s food was stored, until flood waters soaked the basement and everything in it.

CBS 2–04/26/2013

Make-A-Wish America recipient Hanna Waters talks some shop with the CSO horn section. (L-R) Susanna Gaunt, David Griffin, Oto Carrillo, Waters, Dan Gingrich, Jim Smelser and Dale Clevenger. (Photo: Brian Kersey/Facebook)

Teen’s Wish Comes True With Chicago Symphony Orchestra

A Texas teenager who’s battling cancer lived her dream this week when she was able to perform with some of the musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

WBBM Newsradio–03/15/2013

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American Diabetes Association Expo

Visit the the American Diabetes Association EXPO/Chicago and Join the Millions℠ in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

03/14/2013

About 500 people received a free meal at an annual New Year's Day luncheon at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse on Jan. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gibsons Steakhouse Treats 500 To Free New Year’s Luncheon

Some people in Chicago started the New Year with a lavish dinner at a famous Chicago steakhouse, but they weren’t ordinary diners. Many are homeless, some battling drug addiction or mental illness.

CBS 2–01/01/2013

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White helped organize his 48th annual holiday food giveaway, distributing hams and turkeys to the elderly and families in need. (Credit: CBS)

Jesse White Helps Distribute Holiday Food To Needy, Elderly

It has been an annual tradition for White, who at one time was on the other end of the receiving line.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2012

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Names Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq, Afghanistan To Be Read At Thompson Center

A daylong memorial for the 6,600 Americans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was scheduled for 9:11 a.m. Friday at the plaza outside the Thompson Center.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2012

Students with Cary-Grove High School's Interact community service club organize some of the 750 presents they're donating to students at Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy in Chicago. (Photo courtesy Twitter/@CaryGroveHS)

Suburban Students Playing Santa For Daley Academy Kids

Students at Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, will get an early Christmas present from Santa on Thursday.

WBBM Newsradio–12/12/2012

One of the thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus every day during the holiday season. The Post Office opens and sorts through those letters to find children and families in need, and offers those letters to volunteers to buy gifts. (Credit: CBS)

Letters To Santa Program Kicks Off At Main Post Office

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, so is one holiday tradition that brings cheer to families in need: the U.S. Post Office’s annual “Operation Letters To Santa” program.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2012

The Salvation Army center in Little Village helped provide 10 needy families with artificial Christmas trees this year. The families will also get Christmas meals on Christmas Day, as well as gifts for their children. The Salvation Army is providing the donations for hundreds of families across the Chicago area. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

Salvation Army Helping Brighten Holidays For Needy Families

Some needy Chicago families found reason for a little excitement Tuesday at a Salvation Army Center in the Little Village neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2012

(Credit: Lawyers Feeding Illinois)

State Bar Seeking To Raise Money For 1 Million Meals For Needy

The Illinois State Bar Association is raising money for food banks around the state – aimed at helping hundreds of thousands of people.

WBBM Newsradio–11/14/2012

Wells Fargo volunteer Devi Sith (kneeling, in red) helps a student at Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School put on one of the 750 winter coats donated to kids at the school on Nov. 8, 2012. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Wells Fargo Donates Hundreds Of Free Coats To Little Village Students

Hundreds of students at a Little Village school had big smiles on their faces on Thursday, after they all received a brand new winter coat.

WBBM Newsradio–11/08/2012

Maggie Daley discusses her breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. (Credit: CBS)

Maggie Daley Remembered At After School Matters Gala

Mrs. Daley, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died last November.

10/01/2012

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2 Girls With Spina Bifida Get Gift Of Trip To Disney World

A pair of 5-year old best friends who both suffer from spina bifida are seeing their dreams come true, and will be heading to Disney World, thanks to a foundation that helps children with chronic illness or physical disabilities.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

The new 15-story, 86-room Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville is the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. (Credit: CBS)

New Ronald McDonald House To Open In Streeterville

Officials will cut the ribbon on Tuesday for a new 15-story Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville, the largest of its kind.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2012

Volunteers with the Shedd Aquarium clean up trash and debris from the nearby 12th Street Beach on April 18, 2012, after the aquarium adopted the beach for Earth Day. The aquarium will sweep the beach once a month through October to clean up trash and debris left in the sand. (Credit: CBS)

Shedd Aquarium To Help Clean Up 12th Street Beach

The Shedd Aquarium has adopted a beach near the aquarium for Earth Day, and will help remove trash and debris from the sand for the next several months.

04/18/2012

Wheelchair file photo (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Hammond Group Seeking Volunteers To ‘Adopt’ Seniors, Disabled

An organization in Hammond, Ind., called “We Care From The Heart,” is looking for volunteers to “adopt” seniors and disabled people, to help improve their quality of life.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2012

Cancer patients shave the head of pediatric oncologist Dr. Paul Kent as part of a St. Baldrick's Foundation event at the University of Illinois Hospital. (Credit: CBS)

Chicagoans Go Bald In Solidarity With Cancer Patients For St. Baldrick’s

It’s time once again for people all across the Chicago area to help raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads for St. Baldrick’s.

CBS 2–02/23/2012

Butch Walker and the Black Widows perform at the 3rd annual Pablove Benefit Concert in Milwaukee on Jan. 28, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Benefit Concert Raises Funds For Cancer Foundation

Jeff Castelaz, co-founder of Dangerbird Records, started an online blog when his 4-year-old son Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Butch Walker and the Black Widows and several other artists performed at a recent benefit for Pablove, the charity named in Pablo’s memory.

CBS 2–01/30/2012