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Send One Suit

Posted on · A Houston non-profit has a S.O.S message — send one suit. Dress for success launches its suit donation drive next week with the goal of collecting enough suits to help thousands of women find jobs. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Helping the Homeless Brace for the Cold

Posted on · The temperature is expected to dip down into the twenties tonight and the lows will remain in the twenties and thirties throughout the week. For many of us that just means turning up the heater, but for people on the streets, staying warm isn't that simple. Bill Stamps has the story.

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Congressman Says Toy Drives Need Help

Posted on · Even though Texas has faired better than many states during the recession, there are still a lot of people hurting economically. Area agencies are seeing an increase in requests for aid and as Christmas approaches there is a greater need for holiday gifts for children. Rod Rice reports the an area congressman spent the day trying to highlight the struggle that agencies are experiencing this time of year.

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Texting for Charity

Posted on · The Salvation Army is bringing its Red Kettle fundraising campaign into the 21st century. You'll still see the bell ringers outside grocery stores and malls. But now your cell phone is the organization's latest fundraising tool. Laurie Johnson explains.

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The La Comida Food Drive Begins this Week

Posted on · The city's largest annual effort to collect food for those in need will be held this week. The Houston Police Department's 24th annual La Comida food drive runs from Thursday through Sunday at 14 area Fiesta Mart locations. Rod Rice reports.

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Local charity takes a hit from Cash For Clunkers

Posted on · It's been a week since the federal "Cash for Clunkers" program came to an end. The program, which gave people up to 45-hundred dollars to trade in their old cars for shiny new rides, boosted sales at car dealerships in Houston and across the country. But it also took a noticeable bite out of groups that rely, in part, on vehicle donations to provide much-needed services. David Pitman tells us how one local non-profit was affected.

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Money for Digital Literacy Training

Posted on · Microsoft Corporation is giving its largest donation ever to the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library. The $4.5 million dollar grant will support digital literacy and job readiness classes for Houstonians young and old who are looking for work. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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Former Basketball Star Applauds Obesity Program

Posted on · Basketball great Magic Johnson was in Houston today, applauding the success of a program aimed at reducing childhood obesity rates. The "Three Point Play" program was a collaboration between Johnson's Foundation, the Houston school district and the Aetna Foundation.

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Homeless Programs Get $20 Million Boost

Posted on · Even with the tough economy there is still money flowing into Houston for non-profit efforts. The city announced a 20-million dollar grant awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help curb chronic homelessness. Laurie Johnson reports.

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HPD Feeds the Hungry

Posted on · A holiday tradition kicks off this week with the start of the 23rd annual Houston Police Department Comida food drive. Rod Rice reports.

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Burbank Middle School Students Donate Dinner

Posted on · Each year many needy families are able to have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to various charities. This year they can also thank the six graders at Burbank Middle school. Bill Stamps tells us how the students got a lesson in something you won't find in textbooks.