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    L.A. CityOrganizations Only:Please send an email to LAFDtoys@gmail.com for directions on submitting the toy request form the day after Thanksgiving - 12/24/21.L.A. CountyGo to fire.lacounty.gov and follow the directions on the website.All inquiries via email: sparkoflove@fire.lacounty.gov BurbankAll toy requests should be made to:Pat SmolaFamily Service Agency of Burbank2721 W. Burbank Blvd.Burbank, CA 91505patsmola@aol.com(818) 845-7671Only Burbank residents requests accepted. El SegundoOnly organizations serving the city of El Segundo and the surrounding South Bay cities will be accepted, and they must submit a copy of their non-profit status (501(C) 3).To print out an application, go to: elsegundo.orgPlease email questions and/or comments to sparkoflove@elsegundo.org GlendaleToys can be dropped off at any one of Glendale's nine fire stations or Subaru Glendale. If there are questions, please call Dusty Arroyo (818) 548-4814 or via email at darroyo@glendaleca.gov . Long BeachGo to sparkoflove.org Click "Forms" then "Toy Request Form".For questions regarding the Spark of Love Toy Drive contact Firefighter Will Nash at (562) 977-TOYS (8697) MonroviaMonrovia residents can call to find out how to receive a toy request form at...
    The holiday season is a time for having fun and celebrating with the entire family, including your companion animals. We know the holiday season can be stressful and we hope your companion animals are able to keep you entertained and merry with unconditional love. The holidays simply wouldn’t be the same without dogs decorating Christmas trees or cats being … well, cat-tastic! However … we realize that having pets around the holidays isn’t always completely stress-free. Even a nice pet might turn naughty with the added excitement of lots of company and food. They want to have fun too! (Be aware animals might get nervous as well) If your holiday caroling has ever sounded like this: “Tis the…NO! Off the table!… season…NO! Get off the tree!…to be jolly…NO! Not on the rug! Falalala…NO! Don’t jump on her! Lalalalala NO! Drop the tofurkey!!” well, perhaps you should check out some tips to keep your pets behaving, so the whole family can enjoy celebrating together! 1. Play With Your Pet Before Company Arrives Okay, so we understand you are probably busy preparing...
    Depending on your age and where you live, multilevel marketing schemes (also known as MLMs) might be ubiquitous in your life. Or you might be thinking: Wait, those still exist? They do exist, although companies get away with not being pyramid schemes largely thanks to legal technicalities. Some of the older brands in the MLM game include companies like Amway and Tupperware (yes, really), and those fancy knives people used to sell at parties out of their living rooms (Cutco). But between the pandemic and social media, MLMs have gotten a fresh hayday—and that’s fundamentally dangerous for absolutely everyone involved. Picture this: You log onto your Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or even YouTube. You see a person—probably a woman, white, young—who is talking about making an income working from home. Specifically, from their phone. Specifically, in small pockets of time. They may even call themselves a stay-at-home mom and feature their little ones in the background of videos and photos where they’re talking about this miraculous essential oil, or a protein shake, or leggings, or a deep conditioner. Maybe she really does love...
    Everyone’s singing the “Supply Chain Blues” this year, worried their holiday gifts won’t make it home in time. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution that avoids shipping woes and might actually help small businesses in Silicon Valley: Shop local. And if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry because I’ve got a few suggestions that could cover everybody on your list — especially if they live in the Bay Area. GAME NIGHT: Believe it or not, there’s a knock-off version of Monopoly based on San Jose called — you guessed it — San Jose-Opoly. You might remember there was a Silicon Valley board game called In the Chips back in the early ’80s and a SiliconValleyOpoly later in the decade, and both were so-so at best. This one is spot-on, with Santana Row and San Pedro Square Market occupying the traditional Boardwalk and Park Place spots and references to Falafel’s Drive-In, Cinequest, San Jose Jazz and Shoe Palace. My only complaint is that the game tokens are generic and it really needs an Electric Light Tower and a Quetzalcoatl for...
    Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin, said the non-profit group serving the homeless population is currently seeing more demand than it has ever seen.Source: Code Tenderloin Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit group serving the homeless in San Francisco, said it has about $7,000 worth of gift cards to hand out to those who need the extra financial assistance over the holidays. In recent weeks, requests from members of the community have poured in for food, clothing and gifts. Others are merely seeking Code Tenderloin's help to put a roof over their heads on a rainy evening. And those solicitations will likely only mount as the holiday season drags on, said Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin. "While everybody is going through their day-to-day, super excited about this holiday season, we have a whole community of folks who are stressed out," said Hilliard in a phone interview. "We're seeing more demand this year than we've ever seen." The dynamic that Code Tenderloin witnesses playing out in San Francisco speaks to a bigger wealth gap that has only accelerated during the...
    With concern about climate change growing, this holiday season is a chance to try celebrating in more planet-friendly ways. Simple changes to the way we gift wrap, send cards, decorate and entertain can cut out a lot of waste. (And often save money in the process.) “This is the year to approach the holidays with sustainability foremost in mind. It’s a great way to feel good as you enter the giving season,” says Liz Vaccariello, editor in chief of Real Simple. Think carefully about what you’re buying, says Melissa Ozawa, features and garden editor of Martha Stewart Living, “and focus on things that are meaningful and last.” That often means natural and recyclable materials. “Now more than ever, it’s good to ask yourself, ’Do I really want this? Will I use it? What’s the impact on the planet?” Ozawa says. Some activities to look at: GIFT WRAP Unease over paper waste has many people turning to reusable bags and other options. Some companies that make wrapping paper have launched recyclable lines, or removed glitter, which is not recyclable, from...
    BLACK Friday shoppers have been warned about getting scammed this holiday season — but luckily there are ways to spot a fake scheme. Americans are being urged to avoid phishing schemes, look out for credit card skimming attacks, and research charities' authenticity before giving donations. 2Americans are being urged to avoid phishing schemes and look out for credit card skimming attacks.Credit: Getty 2Shoppers are being warned ahead of Black FridayCredit: Getty When shopping online, it's also important to double-check product prices and avoid "too good to be true" deals from unknown websites. Black Friday, which occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving annually, will take place on November 26, 2021, so online shoppers still have some time to learn about scams to avoid. PHISHING EMAILS & TEXTS According to CNET, hackers will try to obtain personal information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or account passwords by sending out emails and texts linking to non-legitimate websites. Fake websites trick shoppers into thinking they are getting contacted by a company, ultimately leading them to provide their card information. Shoppers may be fooled...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Toy shopping for the holiday this year is a challenge this year. Supply chain issues and rising prices are creating a cauldron of trouble for parents looking to answer their wishes. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Sunshine Starts Off The Weekend Before A Rainy And Possibly Snowy Weekend“I think the theme this year is not what is the hot viral toy is what can I get my hands on at a reasonable price,” says Uniontown native Amanda Mushro, mother of three, and national Parenting blogger. She says to start with not getting sucked into the “hot toy” lists coming from retailers. “Now more than ever, their hotlist has to reflect what they actually have in stock so they’re not going to create a list of this really cool wow item that you can’t get at their stores,” Mushro says. With the promoted hotlist varying from store to store Mushro says to use those lists as a general guide and break out of your normal shopping routine. “So if you are always shopping at Amazon or...
    SAN FRANCSICO (KGO) -- We've heard about supply chain problems leading to shortages of many products. That includes children's toys, and as we head to the holidays, there's concern it could bring more counterfeits to the marketplace.A consumer group offered some ways to spot a fake in its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report Thursday.The California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) says toys are much safer these days -- but you can never relax.RELATED: Toy shortages among reasons to start holiday shopping now, experts sayOne of this year's issues is fake versions of out-of-stock items.We've seen the ships stuck at the ports, the empty shelves at the store.Now toymakers say shop early, because many toys will be out of stock... which could open the way for more fakes.VIDEO: 'Shop early, shop now': Businesses brace for holidays during global supply chain nightmareEMBED More News Videos South Bay businesses are bracing for the holidays, explaining that goods are taking weeks, if not months, longer to arrive to their stores. CALPIRG's Sander Kusher says counterfeiters typically take advantage of parents during holiday shopping seasons."As...
    Pedestrians carry Nike shopping bags in San Francisco on Sept. 16, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Nearly 1 in 3 Americans expect to take on debt this holiday shopping season, a survey from Credit Karma found. The Covid-19 pandemic took a toll on many people's finances, leaving them financially unprepared for the coming holiday season, according to the survey, which polled 1,020 U.S. adults in October. On top of that, concerns about low inventory this year has shoppers starting early, and potentially missing out on deals. "With supply chain shortages and shipping delays increasing prices for all shoppers this season, it will be important for consumers to be thoughtful about their spending to ensure they don't start the new year in the red," Colleen McCreary, consumer financial advocate and chief people officer at Credit Karma, said in a statement. Here are steps to take to help you set a budget for holiday shopping.Talk to family and friendsYou may not be the only one facing a budget crunch. Instead of buying gifts for everyone on your list, have...
    In this article UPS FDX Two workers load boxes into an Amazon truckThe looming holiday season will likely exacerbate a global supply chain calamity that's already underway, as shoppers rush into stores and onto websites to secure presents for loved ones. Experts warn shoppers can expect to find record out-of-stocks as they scan retail websites and may face prolonged shipping delays. Fortunately for retailers, customers are more likely to cast blame for late packages on delivery carriers, one survey found. Out-of-stock messages on the internet are expected to be up 172% this holiday season compared with 2020 levels, and up 360% on a two-year basis, according to new data from Adobe Analytics. The apparel category is forecast to have the highest out-of-stock levels, Adobe said, followed by sporting goods, baby products and electronics. "We've never seen levels like this before," said Vivek Pandya, lead analyst at Adobe Digital Insights. "This is very much not the norm." To compile its holiday expectations, Adobe tracks more than 1 trillion visits to retailers' websites in the United States and monitors over 100 million...
    In this article TGTVIDEO5:4005:40Target CEO on earnings, delta impact and supply chain crunchSquawk BoxTarget CEO Brian Cornell is confident the big-box retailer will have plenty of merchandise this holiday season, despite industry-wide supply chain complications that have sparked worries that items could quickly sell out of stock. Target's inventories were up $2.5 billion in its latest quarter compared with a year earlier, Cornell said in an interview with CNBC's Becky Quick on "Squawk Box" Wednesday morning. The company has been buying goods early in preparation for a blowout holiday season and cognizant of port delays, heightened transportation costs and other shipping constraints. "We're getting access to that inventory, and our stores are at this point ready for the school season, the college season ... and we'll be ready for the holidays," Cornell said. "We have a lot of inventory flowing our way right now." Home Depot has already signaled how hot consumer demand will be for Halloween decorations this year. The home improvement chain, which memorably sold out of a 12-foot skeleton last year, is bringing it back again this...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci turns 80 on Thursday, but don’t expect him to get philosophical on his big birthday. “I’m afraid if you sort of start dropping back and philosophizing about things, you could take your attention away from the job that we have,” he told CNN. “So, I will leave the philosophizing to another day.” Fauci’s job right now is formidable. Nearly 120,000 Americans woke up Thursday in the hospital with Covid-19, a record for the pandemic. On Wednesday, more than 3,000 people died from the virus. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a very clear message to the country: “Curtail travel to the extent possible [and] don’t congregate in large dinners and celebrations.” He’ll be heeding his own advice on his birthday and Christmas. “I really feel strongly that I need to practice what I preach to the country,” he said. “Although I would love very much to have my children, who live in different parts of the country, [to] come in together and have a celebration for my birthday and Christmas,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- ABC7 is celebrating the 28th year of the Spark of Love toy drive - the largest community toy drive in the nation.To help raise money this year, we have teamed up with local muralists to design t-shirts.Muck Rock's shirt is a reproduction of a Santa Monica mural that calls for peace after two men were killed in late August in Kenosha, Wisconsin."I think it's a really difficult holiday season this year because of what's been going on," said local graffiti artist and muralist Jules Muck, otherwise known as Muck Rock.Jules Muck began painting graffiti as a teen in Europe and England in the 1990s."I think that art is brining a lot of light to people, and especially street art is very important right now because museums and galleries are closed," she added.ABC7 partnered with Smile South Central to identify muralists willing to donate their time and talent for the project."The financial situation which has compounded down into an emotional situation, and you know people are just going through it so much. A lot of people don't...
    SEVEN in 10 Americans are secretly relieved they won’t have to host holiday parties this year, according to new research. The study asked 2,000 nationally representative Americans who celebrate a winter holiday about how they’ll be celebrating the holidays this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 1Many Americans are happy to make it a virtual party in 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty With 56 per cent of respondents being disappointed to miss out on their go-to holiday parties, it’s a bit surprising to find a further 52 per cent admitted to getting cozy with someone during the holiday season just so they can score their favorite holiday treats. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Velveeta, the survey found the top people Americans befriend before the holiday season solely for their secret holiday recipes included their neighbors (38%) and their co-workers (36%). A third of respondents even admitted to talking more to a distant relative ahead of the holidays to snag some goodies. Some of the top holiday snacks respondents enjoy during the season include classics like cookies (55%) and biscuits...
    Fauci predicts herd immunity for US by late spring or early summer Juvenile charged with murder after 2 kids, 2 adults found dead in West Virginia home 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft This Is the Present Everyone's Talking About Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Cheapism TIPS THE SEASON While tipping is always thoughtful gesture, the holiday season is an especially important time to give generously to those who help make our lives easier. That said, the number of people you plan to tip can add up quickly, so it's a good idea to make a list and budget accordingly. To help you figure out who to tip and how much...
    Coronavirus updates: Daily deaths hit new high the same day FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine; 1 in 8 hospitals are out of ICU beds Coronavirus vaccine, pro-Trump DC rally, Army-Navy game: 5 things to know this weekend 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft This Is the Present Everyone's Talking About Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/31 SLIDES © US Weekly Looking for the perfect gifts for everyone your list? We’ve got you covered! Stylish rounded up some of our favorite picks from hot sauce sets to customized jewelry to stylish frocks, we guarantee there’s something...
    Study finds Boston conference led to 300K global coronavirus cases Police promise safe, peaceful marches after Ohio shooting 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft This Is the Present Everyone's Talking About Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/41 SLIDES © Hearst Owned Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s holiday season won’t look like any we’ve experienced before. Face masks, social distancing, and thorough hand-washing are just as important now as they have been...
    Jacksepticeye will host his "Thankmas" livestream on December 13. Jacksepticeye Seán McLoughlin, also known as Jacksepticeye on YouTube, has just announced his annual livestreaming event "Thankmas," in which he hopes to raise over half a million dollars for Red Nose Day.  McLoughlin is one of the biggest gaming YouTubers in the world with 25 million subscribers, and has partnered with the fundraising platform Tiltify to bring awareness to world hunger this year. He told Insider he wants to raise money for children and families that are going hungry because of the economic impacts of COVID-19. McLoughlin's goal highlights just how massive livestreaming has become this year, with Twitch seeing record numbers and Tiltify's platform seeing a 1000% increase in fundraising from last year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jacksepticeye, one of the biggest gaming YouTubers in the world with 25 million subscribers, has major plans for his upcoming "Thankmas" livestream on December 13. The streamer, whose real name is Seán McLoughlin, hosted the annual charity event over the holiday season for the past several years, but 2020 has...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The owner of a Baltimore restaurant is spreading some holiday cheer by helping those in need this holiday season. Patrick Russell owns Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point. He’s feeding the homeless with his food truck under the I-83 bridge where the farmer’s market normally is. If you’d like to help out, he’s taking monetary donations to buy and cook food. If you need food, he will be handing it out from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    The holidays are almost upon us, and with them, all the preparations, decorations, gatherings, and food! While these festive months are full of fun and family, they can also put us off our normal routines–and fitness is often the first thing we lose sight of. Here are a few tips to keep you moving this holiday season. 1. Get in Some Pre-Holiday Training Let’s face it; the holidays can be physically exhausting with all the food preparation, house cleaning, and decoration hanging. Prime yourself for all the pre-holiday activity with some focused training. Get ready to hang those lights by incorporating step-ups with an overhead reach into your workout. Stretch your hamstrings and strengthen your quads with squats to get you prepared to pull decorations out of boxes. You can even do some “rowing” at home if you have an exercise band to loop around your feet when you sit with your legs outstretched. Pull back on the band and squeeze your shoulder blades together to get those arm and chest muscles ready to roll out cookies and pie crusts...
    SAN ANTONIO – For 17 years, Home Instead Senior Care has put together the “Be a Santa to a Senior,” program which allows community members to buy a Christmas gift for someone living in an assisted living facility. While in years past, community members were allowed to go inside a nursing home and pick a list, this year because of the pandemic things are different. “The best way is to go to beasantatoasenior.com and enter your ZIP code and it will take you right to the Amazon business sit,” Home Instead Senior Care general manager Jackie Robb said. A partnership with Amazon allowed for easy and safe ways to give gifts to the seniors. Once you buy the gifts they will also be delivered for you. If you can’t afford a gift, Home Instead will also be taking in Christmas cards. “Whatever you want to do and it makes a difference in that person’s day,” Robb said. This year the program is looking to give gets to over 450 seniors in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Related:USPS to post letters...
    As hospitals start to max out, medical workers beg officials for new Covid-19 mandates Meet Joe Bidens crisis manager, Ron Klain, who will be in the trenches with Dr. Anthony Fauci fighting COVID-19 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © gpointstudio / iStock 21 best holiday side hustles out there With the holidays right around the corner, kids are writing up lengthy letters to Santa, and Christmas trees and reindeer throw pillows are calling your name from the aisles of Target. You might be wondering just how you’ll afford it all this year. If you need to earn...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As we enter the holiday season, it may be tempting to throw our coronavirus fears out the window. But not so fast -- the threat of COVID-19 is still ever-present.How should you navigate the holidays this year? We asked three medical experts to assess the risk of common holiday activities, from visiting a pumpkin patch to hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Click or tap the scenarios below to quiz yourself or check out the full interactive experience here. The kids have been cooped up at home doing distance learning and you don't want to let coronavirus ruin all your holiday traditions. You head to an outdoor pumpkin patch or Christmas tree farm and let the kids run around to pick out their favorite ones. You're all wearing masks, except when you get together to pose for a family picture.What is the risk? None, low, medium, high or extreme? Tap here to find out. Your place of worship has been allowed to reopen and you'd like to attend a holiday service. The service is indoors at...
    This month is the month of major Oscar nominees on Netflix, and with the widespread closure of cinemas, Streamer has become the biggest distributor of star-studded awards believers by 2020. Must-see includes Black bottom of Ma Rainey, Which has a late final performance Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman, as well as David Pincher Monk. At the TV end of Spectrum, both Big mouth And Sabrina’s Shilling Adventures The eagerly awaited Netflix launch of the Shonda Rhymes, Bridgeton, Will take subscribers by 2021.read moreBelow is the full list of every movie and TV show coming out on Netflix this month. Original content Movies Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman in ‘Monk’ (Netflix) Black bottom of Ma Rainey Chadwick Boseman in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (YouTube / Netflix) Your name is engraved here TV Selena: Series Part One Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: ChristmasSee alsoThe mess you leave behind How to destroy Christmas: Wedding Home for Christmas Season two ‘Bridgeton’ will be a great Christmas clock for families (NICK BRIGGS / NETFLIX) Sabrina’s Shilling Adventures Season four Documentary Holiday movies...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at Contra Costa County organizations below.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.CONTRA COSTA COUNTY Monument Crisis Center - ConcordDonate Here East Bay SanctuaryDonate Here Bay Area Rescue Mission - RichmondDonate Here GRIP - RichmondDonate Here West Contra Costa Youth Services BureauDonate Here Richmond Neighborhood Housing ServicesDonate Here Richmond Main StreetDonate Here...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations by county that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at Sonoma County organizations below.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.SONOMA COUNTY Community Foundation SonomaDonate Here Teen Services SonomaDonate Here NAMI Sonoma CountyDonate Here Go here to go back to the main page.If you don't see your favorite charity, please let us know by filling out the form below:Click here for a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at Solano County organizations below.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.SOLANO COUNTY Solano Community FoundationDonate Here Sunrise Youth ServicesDonate Here Florence Douglass Senior CenterDonate Here NAMI Solano CountyDonate Here Go here to go back to the main page.If you don't see your favorite charity, please let us know by filling out the form...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at San Francisco organizations below.These list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.SAN FRANCISCO Boys and Girls Clubs of SF - Giving Tuesday Trivia Night: Contact Carter Ashforth atcashforth@kidsclub.orgor 415-445-5482Donate Here GLIDEDonate Here The Transgender DistrictDonate Here Raphael HouseDonate Here SF Neighborhood Housing Development CorporationDonate Here Foundation of City College of SFDonate Here ...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at Santa Clara County organizations below.These list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.SANTA CLARA COUNTY African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)Donate Here Wender Weis Foundation for Children: Holiday HeroesDonate Here Rebuilding Together Silicon ValleyDonate Here Heart of the Valley Senior ServicesDonate Here NAMI Silicon ValleyDonate Here Go here to go back to the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at Napa County organizations below.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.NAPA COUNTY Community Health Initiative Napa CountyDonate Here Napa Valley Education FoundationDonate Here OLE HealthDonate Here Voices Youth ServicesDonate Here Go here to go back to the main page.If you don't see your favorite charity, please let us know by filling out the form below:Click...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlike any other. So many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities.GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Full list of organizations across San Francisco Bay Area to donate toIf you need ideas, we've created a list of vetted organizations that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. You'll find the full list here and a look at San Mateo County organizations below.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.SAN MATEO COUNTY: Samaritan House San MateoDonate Here San Mateo Community College FoundationDonate Here Youth Leadership InstituteDonate Here San Mateo County HealthContact Them Here NAMI San Mateo CountyDonate Here Nuestra Casa de East Palo AltoDonate Here Go here to go...
    Christmas tree-related fires are rare -- but when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than other types of fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Follow these tips from AccuWeather to keep your family safe from Christmas tree fires this holiday season: Make sure you choose a tree with green needles. If the needles look brown, that means the tree is dry and likely more flammable. Also give the tree a good shake -- if it loses a lot of needles, it's likely too dry. Trees don't burst into flames on their own, but when they are dry, it's a lot easier for them to catch fire. Real trees need to be kept moist and watered at all times. Make sure the water isn't too cold, which could shock the tree. Add nutrients to the water, like a fully dissolved tablespoon of sugar, to keep the tree healthy. Try using a humidifier to create extra humidity in the room where your tree is located to prevent the tree and its needles...
    Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman opts out, will prepare for 2021 NFL draft Natalie Keyssars photos capture a small-town Native American beauty pageant Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/10 SLIDES © AlexRaths / iStock The holidays are approaching I’m a sucker for holiday shopping. As much as I hate to admit it, I look forward to walking into a warm store festooned with pinecones, ribbons and snowflakes and shopping to my heart’s content. But over the years I realized I was overspending on gifts my loved ones didn’t actually use. And I’m not alone. More than half of Americans planned on going into debt for holiday spending last year, according to a Finder study. I certainly get giddy when I pull out a credit card to buy books my family will never read...
    Erin AndrewsCourtesy of WEAR by Erin Andrews Health and wellness remain at the top of Erin Andrews’ holiday wish list this year. “Because this year has been so crazy for everyone, I love the idea of giving the gift of calming down and chilling out,” the WEAR by Erin Andrews designer, 42, recently told Page Six. see also Erin Andrews reveals her favorite fall piece for NFL game days Plus, the candles she's always got burning at home. “I’ve been doing the 21 Days of Calm on the Calm app and it’s been really great,” she continued. “I love to listen to meditation and sleep music while getting ready for bed.” An integral part of Fox’s lead NFL broadcasting team, Andrews has not slowed down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And with cases continuing to rise throughout the country, Andrews has found a way to way to make the socially distant holidays special. “It’ll be the first year of my life not being physically together with my family, so I guess the new tradition this year is that...
    Clemsons Swinney still frustrated with FSU postponement The Beanie Is My Winter Essential, and Its Going to Become Yours, Too Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/10 SLIDES © Geber86 / Getty Images With the holiday shopping season already well underway, it’s a particularly critical time for the country’s small businesses. Many have closed permanently during the pandemic and others are still struggling to survive in the face of increased competition from the convenience and contact-free lure of large online retailers like Amazon. According to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail survey, 43% of shoppers prefer shopping at local retailers rather than national retail chains. At the same time, nearly 51% feel anxious about in-store shopping, with an increased demand for delivery and curbside pickup options. So small businesses in communities across the country...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakland Zoo is lit up for the holidays. The zoo is debuting a new, socially-distanced experience called Glowfari.Towering, lit-up animal lanterns will be spread across the zoo. People can check it out on a mile-long stroll.LIST: Check out these COVID-safe Bay Area holiday light shows, activities, eventsIt costs $20 for adults and $18 for kids. You do need to purchase tickets in advance.Dinner, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available for purchase. There is also a gondola available that will be festively lit up to guide people by the dinosaur lanterns.RELATED: San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to transform into winter wonderland light exhibit for 150th anniversaryProceeds support Oakland Zoo's operating expenses, animal care, education and conservation programs.It is a replacement of years past Zoolights. This year will include more dates, times, and larger displays.It runs through mid-January.
    As we enter the holiday season, it may be tempting to throw our coronavirus fears out the window. But not so fast -- the threat of COVID-19 is still ever-present.How should you navigate the holidays this year? We asked three medical experts to assess the risk of common holiday activities, from visiting a pumpkin patch to hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Click or tap the scenarios below to quiz yourself or check out the full interactive experience here. The kids have been cooped up at home doing distance learning and you don't want to let coronavirus ruin all your holiday traditions. You head to an outdoor pumpkin patch or Christmas tree farm and let the kids run around to pick out their favorite ones. You're all wearing masks, except when you get together to pose for a family picture.What is the risk? None, low, medium, high or extreme? Tap here to find out. Your place of worship has been allowed to reopen and you'd like to attend a holiday service. The service is indoors at 50% capacity. Congregants are...
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