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St. Bernard Hospital Workers Save Christmas For Struggling Families

The generosity of some South Side hospital workers is making Christmas a little merrier and bright than it otherwise have been this year.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

Toys For Tots

More Than 8,000 Ride In Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade

Mild temperatures in the 50s over the weekend contributed to one of the largest Toys for Tots annual motorcycle parade in the past several years.

WBBM Newsradio–12/05/2011

Salvation Army bell-ringer

Salvation Army Begins Accepting Credit Cards At Red Kettles

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Salvation Army is moving with the times this holiday season, and you might say that in some places, it’s not your father’s Salvation Army. As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, this […]

CBS Chicago–11/17/2011

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Donations Pour In To Pay For Cremation For Slain Homeless Man

An outpouring of public donations has paid for the cremation of a homeless Vietnam-era veteran who was killed in downtown Elgin.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Urges Donations To Military Families’ Fund For 9/11

Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinoisans to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by giving a helping hand to military families.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2011

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Garbage Blamed For Boystown Fire; Caribou Coffee Collects Donations

Garbage that was exposed to an open flame is being blamed for an extra-alarm fire that ripped through two apartment buildings in Boystown over the weekend, but it remains unclear whether it was an accident or arson.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

Indiana State Fair Victims Fund

The Indiana State Fair has created a fund accepting donations to benefit the families of the people died and the more than 40 other people who were injured.


Damage to the Fern Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Conservatory Seeks Donations For Glass Repair

The June 30 hailstorm that destroyed a portion of the Garfield Park Conservatory has prompted a fundraising drive to sustain the institution until insurance kicks in.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2011

Garfield Park Conservatory Needs Donations

The June 30 hailstorm that destroyed a portion of the Garfield Park Conservatory has prompted a fundraising drive, because insurance will not cover the devastation until an assessment is finished.


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Alderman Asks Chicagoans To Donate Cell Phones For Troops

The City of Chicago wants you to help U.S. troops abroad keep in touch with their families.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Massive damage in Jordan Aubey's neighborhood in Joplin. (Credit: Eryn Fenske)

College Student Organizes Collection For Joplin Tornado Survivors

A young man with a plan will be headed Wednesday with two truckloads of goods for those in need in Joplin, Mo., which has been devastated by tornadoes.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2011

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Charity Navigator Website Helps Donors Avoid Scams

Donations are pouring into Japan as it copes with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, tsunami and now a nuclear crisis.


The Salvation Army

Demand Outstripping Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is having a hard time keeping up with demand in Chicago and elsewhere.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2011

Lincoln Park Zoo

UPDATE: End Of Story For Lincoln Park Zoo Program?

The Lincoln Park Zoo is warning that its popular Wednesday and Friday Story Time will be canceled next month unless funding is found fast.


The Salvation Army

Donations Down, Requests Up At Local Charities

It’s a hallmark of the holiday season: giving to charity. Donations are down and requests are up; even among people who never expect to need a helping hand. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez introduces us to one of them.

CBS 2–12/15/2010

Salvation Army bell-ringer

Salvation Army ‘Red Kettle’ Donations Down

Chicago area donations to the The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign are down 13 percent over last year.