Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.
Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the program says it has saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.
A relief fund is now accepting donations to benefit families affected by flooding in one part of southern Missouri.
The fund was established by the Meramec Regional Community Foundation. All donations will be directed toward relief efforts in Pulaski County. The hardest hit area was Waynesville--with a population of around 5,000. The initial donation was made by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
You can donate by clicking here and then typing "Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund" in the field for the fund or program you're donating to.
You can donate by check as well: Mail checks to
Pulaski County Flood Relief fund to Meramec Regional Community Foundation,
4 Industrial Dr.
St. James, Mo. 65559.
An interesting program in Lincoln County that encourages speeders to give back to the community.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sheriff's Department is giving first or second-time offenders a chance to make a donation to charity instead of getting a ticket. The officers are handing out a card that shows how much the traffic citation would have cost and asks the driver to give that amount to their favorite charity.
Officials say one speeder sent a $110 check to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.
After a break-in at one of their building sites, Habitat For Humanity reached out to the public to help recoup their losses. And one company stepped up big time.
Workers here at Home Depot on south Hanley loaded up trucks with over $13,000 dollars worth of tools and construction materials, replacing every item that Habitat for Humanity listed as stolen. The break-ins happened in the Carondelet Neighborhood earlier this week.
Kimberly McKinney, the CEO for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, was overjoyed by the community willing to help, "This is pretty incredible. As they rolled the tools out, I got a little teary, and I don't even know how to use most of this stuff. Really, really an incredible day. The generosity fo Home Depot and the St. Louis community has been incredible."
Now thanks to those donations, a scheduled Habitat for Humanity Mother's Day build is back on track. About 60 women volunteers are coming together on Saturday to build houses for the less fortunate.
Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the St. Louis County-based chain will begin offering one pay-what-you-want dish in each of it's 48 restaurants. The experimental "Meal of Shared Responsibility" is Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl.
The suggested price is $5.89, including tax. When someone pays more than that, the extra amount goes to cover the cost for customers who can't pay full price and to St. Louis-area hunger initiatives.
The new program begins Wednesday.
The legislation sent Wednesday to Gov. Jay Nixon would reinstate tax credits for food pantry donations that expired in 2011 and for donations to pregnancy resource centers and child advocacy centers that expired in 2012.
It also renews tax credits for surviving spouses of deceased public safety officers and for people who improve their homes to be accessible to the disabled.
But the bill halts state tax credits for people who adopt children from other countries or other states. It keeps adoption tax credits in place only for Missouri children with "special needs."
The vote Wednesday by the House puts the legislation just one final step from the governor's desk. The Senate previously passed the bill and must give it another vote.
The legislation would reinstate tax credits for food pantry donations that expired in 2011 and for donations to pregnancy resource centers and child advocacy centers that expired in 2012. All three of those tax credits would be extended to 2019.
The bill also renews tax credits for surviving spouses of deceased public safety officers and for people who improve their homes to be accessible to the disabled.