Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (background, in red) helps distribute some of the 15,000 turkeys and hams he is giving away to the needy this Christmas season. (Credit: CBS)

For 50th Year, Jesse White Gives Out Turkey, Ham To Needy For Christmas

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was spreading some good cheer to thousands of senior citizens and other needy people around the city on Friday.


People look through a Franklin Park home for free items. (Credit: Brian Ragnall)

Man Gives Away House Full Of Possessions In Franklin Park

People who saw an ad on Craigslist thought it was too good to be true: A house full of possessions, free for the taking. But it was true and about fifty people showed up this morning a cleared the place out, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Connie Rogers and her daughter check out the PT Cruiser she was given through the "Wheels To Prosper" program, which provides restored used cars to deserving people. (Credit: YouTube)

Group Gives Away Car To Mother Of Autistic Girl

The owner of a car repair garage in the Edison Park neighborhood has seen a program called “Wheels To Prosper” – which gives cars to deserving people – grow from a couple garages to 25 across the country.


Salvation Army bell-ringer

Even Affluent Suburbs Harbor People Who Need Salvation Army Assistance

The Salvation Community Center in Norridge provides after-school activities for young people, other resources for people struggling financially as well as worship services.


Gas Station

Evanston Shell Station Gives Away Gas For An Hour And A Half

For an hour and a half Wednesday morning, traffic was jam-packed at a Shell station in Evanston, where they were giving away gas for free.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

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Toyota Offers Chance To Win Free Car

Toyota is offering charities a chance to win a free car.

WBBM Newsradio–03/14/2012

Church Gives Away Fares For CTA Green Line Riders

There was a surprise this morning for commuters at the California Avenue Green Line station on the city’s West Side.

WBBM Newsradio–07/01/2011