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Tuesday 12/23/2014
How Veterans Help Other Veterans
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A look at one man’s story may inspire many people, veterans or not, to help others overcome difficulties such as blindness.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Ten Tips From Survivors to Inspire Giving Back
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) The motivation to give back can come from many places: from within, from seeing someone else struggle or maybe from fighting a personal battle.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Top 5 reasons people donate to charity
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - In our current economy, when many live paycheck to paycheck, why do so many choose to give some of it away to charity? The fact is helping others is part of what makes us human. It doesn’t matter the age or background of the donor – it feels good to make a difference, and that starts by donating to a worthy cause close to your heart. But making a difference isn’t the only reason for donating. There are additional drivers for giving that go beyond funding a particular cause, and understanding these reasons will help you get the most out of your annual donations this year.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year? Safety Tips for the Holidays
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are here, and while you're admiring all of the beautiful presents wrapped and sitting under your tree, or getting excited about travel plans, it's also the perfect time for burglars and muggers to steal some seasonal cheer. (Remember the movie Home Alone?) It's enough to cast a Scrooge-like pall over what is traditionally "the most wonderful time of the year."

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Monday 12/01/2014
Women Veterans And Their Long Journey Home
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many Americans don’t realize it, but one out of every five new military recruits in the United States is a woman—and 2.5 million veterans are women.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Lifestyle Apparel Brand Recognizes The Contributions Of Everyday Heroes
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A company that manufactures outerwear has created a campaign to honor everyday heroes.

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Don't Misplace Your Trust—Or Your Money
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Do you research a charity before you donate? Chances are you don’t, and you’re not alone. According to Hope Consulting, 65 percent of Americans fail to research before donating their time and money—but they’re donating a lot. In 2013, Americans gave a staggering $335 billion to charities, notes Giving USA Foundation.

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Kids Can Learn Life Skills
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There could be good news for parents who want their children to grow up to be independent, fiscally responsible adults. A digital curriculum that offers students a chance to explore personal finance topics through interactive learning has been updated and improved.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Many Parents Are Unhappy With Standardized Tests
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
First Above-The-Elbow Amputee To Return To Active Duty Swims, Cycles To Medals
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student Population
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.

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Supporting The Army
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a soldier, Army veteran or proud Army supporter, you can now be part of the future home to Army history. You can inscribe a personal message on a brick that will be permanently laid in the outdoor pathways and plazas of the future National Museum of the United States Army.

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Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Program Helps Kids Prepare For 21st Century Careers
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(NAPSI)—Recently, a program that helps put young people on a path to careers in science put one young man on a path that led to the White House.

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Doing Good With Wood
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(NAPSI)—The next time you watch a home improvement show on TV and think “I can do that,” consider this: Through the Do Good With Wood Award program, you may earn national recognition for your creativity with wood combined with your community spirit.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
3 Pescadores Rescatados en el Mar gracias a Dispositivo GPS
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - El uso efectivo del dispositivo GPS VehSmart probablemente salvó a tres pescadores de Ecuador cuando su bote fue atacado por ladrones. Los pescadores navegaban en su pequeño bote, el Luis Miguel, al suroeste de la penísula de Santa Elena cuando fueron alcanzados por atracadores que les robaron sus pertenencias y el motor del bote y luego los encerraron en un compartimiento de almacén, según la Armada Ecuatoriana (DIRNEA).

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How You Can Help Improve Your Community’s Spaces
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community? 

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Friday 09/26/2014
3 Fishermen Rescued at Sea Thanks to GPS Device
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - The effective use of the VehSmart GPS device likely saved a trio of fishermen from Ecuador after their boat was attacked by robbers. The fishermen were sailing their small boat, Luis Miguel, southwest of the Santa Elena peninsula, when they were overtaken by robbers who stole their personal belongings and the boat's motor before locking them in a storage compartment, according to the Ecuadorean Navy (DIRNEA).

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Ways to Keep Your Community Safer
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

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Friday 09/05/2014
New Ways to Volunteer in Your Community and Beyond
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you want to help a local non-profit organization, but are strapped for time, making a difference is easier than ever.  In fact, there are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community even from your computer or mobile device, as a “virtual volunteer.”

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Warrior-Athletes Competition Inspires International Imitation
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
Posted: August 26, 2014

(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you’re thirsty, it’s used to produce the energy and oil we use to produce goods.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Organization Serving Today's Girls Needs Volunteers
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you think the Girl Scouts of today are just about camping and cookies, you’re in for a big surprise; fun, new experiences are the main focus.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Arts And Crafts Can Help Children Learn Important Skills
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it is with finger paint, chalk, crayons or construction paper, children love crafting and creating their own special works of art. Not only are crafts an enjoyable activity for children, simple crafting can also help children learn important skills that affect their overall development and is a way through which parents can observe their children’s developmental progress to make sure they are school ready. It’s important for parents to be in tune with their child’s development during their early years because the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term success.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Brawny Brand Extends Partnership With Wounded Warrior Project To Help Support Our Nation's Heroes
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—After soldiers return home from demanding tours of duty, they’re eager to resume the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with family, enjoying abandoned hobbies or reconnecting with friends. But the warriors—as well as their caregivers—often learn that resuming “normal” life can be a challenge.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
A Moving Way To Honor A Fallen Hero
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.

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Moroccans Celebrate Leadership And Reforms
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Citizens of Morocco are marking a period of significant change and progressive developments. July 30th marks the 15th anniversary of King Mohammed VI ascending to the throne.

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Help Send Girls To Summer Camp
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—This summer, enjoying a sweet treat can be more than an indulgence, it can also be an opportunity to contribute to the future success of hundreds of girls. That’s the word from Nestlé Crunch, which is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on a new campaign to help send girls to summer camp.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime. It's the time of year to put your feet up, relax and have a little fun. So, why not make it a little safer for the whole family?

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Showing A Love Of Science Can Pay Off
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Statistics indicate that the U.S. is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With that in mind, National 4-H Council and HughesNet® have partnered to introduce more American youths to hands-on, community-based STEM learning.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
Teaching Kids to Be More Caring
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) In today’s hectic world, simple acts of care can often be overlooked. However, more parents are taking steps to help kids become more caring.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Giving back to the everyday heroes who inspire you
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When you think of public servants or people who do heroic jobs, do you picture police officers, firefighters and soldiers? While all those people selflessly serve the public, they’re not the only everyday heroes whose jobs contribute to the greater good. The field of public service is broad, encompassing teachers, health care workers, law enforcement professionals and social workers.

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Thursday 01/02/2014
Anyone Can Make a Difference: Ways You Can Give Back
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) In today’s connected world, we are flooded with global news 24/7. As a result, many suffer from what experts refer to as “compassion fatigue.” But simple acts of kindness can make your community and world a better place to live. And research says it could even be beneficial to your health.

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Wednesday 09/05/2012
Making The Most Of Boomer Volunteers
Posted: September 05, 2012

(NAPSI)—While the number of older volunteers who want to contribute their time and talent is increasing, not all organizations are prepared to take advantage of this growing resource.

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Tuesday 09/04/2012
Tradesmen's Work Makes Our Lives Work
Posted: September 04, 2012

(NewsUSA) - If you've ever experienced a flooded home from a busted hose on a washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator, you know the indescribable feeling of relief when a tradesman shows up at your door.

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Monday 09/03/2012
KISS Star Gets Surprise Visit to ChildFund Sponsored Children
Posted: September 03, 2012

(NewsUSA) - The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart -; more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member - who stars in his own reality TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," that airs Monday nights on A&E - recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.

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Thursday 08/30/2012
Sweet Deeds For Your Community
Posted: August 30, 2012

(NAPSI)—Every now and then, we all could use a helping hand. The simplest gesture from a friend or even a stranger can help boost morale and add a silver lining to an ordinary day. Applying that same principle and finding simple ways to support your community through a good deed can make a lasting difference. Here are some ways you can celebrate the spirit of helping others and get involved in your community. For example:

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Help Our Heroes Keep Our Community Fire Safe
Posted: August 30, 2012

(NAPSI)—Individuals, groups and businesses in communities around the country can be heroes to some of the most admired people in America.

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Wednesday 08/22/2012
End Child Hunger
Posted: August 22, 2012

(NAPSI)—Despite tough economic times, Americans still want to help support worthy causes. Fortunately, making a difference does not have to involve making a large donation.

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Tuesday 08/21/2012
'Coal' the Series Reveals Grit of West Virginia Miners
Posted: August 21, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Who would have thought that shining a light on some of America's dirtiest, most rough-and-tumble blue-collar jobs would make for wildly popular television? Yet, here come documentary-meets-reality TV shows like "Ice Road Truckers," "Axe Men," "Deadliest Catch," and now -- Spike's latest project, "Coal."

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Monday 08/20/2012
New Group Builds Off Occupy Wall Street Movement
Posted: August 20, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Occupy Wall Street's most recent push, "May Day," exemplifies the crux of the protest: it's a great forum to express widespread discontent about financial issues, but less adept at affecting bona fide change between giant corporations and average consumers.

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Tuesday 08/07/2012
Small-Town Park Named "America's Favorite" -- Could Yours Be Next?
Posted: August 07, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Last summer, the small town of Minot, N.D., was severely damaged by a record-breaking flood. As Minot's 40,000 residents struggled to put their lives back together, many found solace in trying to rebuild their beloved Oak Park.

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Tuesday 07/24/2012
Rock-climber with diabetes on a 365-day climbing challenge: With the right tools, gear and attitude, each mountain can be conquered
Posted: July 24, 2012

A 1,200-foot mountain, a video camera and a blood glucose monitor. These three things may seem unrelated to most people, but for rock-climber Steve Richert, it is just another day at the office. Richert, a rock-climber and guide is on a year-long journey: facing extreme weather conditions, encountering wild animals and tackling the country's most spectacular mountain ranges. Richert is climbing in locations across the country for 365 consecutive days all while managing a serious chronic disease, type 1 diabetes.

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From political schemer to prison reformer: The life of Chuck Colson remembered
Posted: April 24, 2012

In 1974 the Watergate scandal sent Chuck Colson, White House special counsel and self-described "hatchet man," to federal prison. After experiencing a conversion to evangelical Christianity - a metamorphosis so improbable he later joked that it "kept the political cartoonists of America clothed and fed for a solid month" - Colson voluntarily pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Daniel Ellsberg case. He entered Maxwell Federal Prison Camp in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges.

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Sunday 04/22/2012
Know kids who give back to the community? How to recognize their contribution
Posted: April 22, 2012

Did you ever read "Horton Hears a Who" or "The Giving Tree" to your children and wonder if they really absorbed the messages of activism, selflessness and giving those beloved children's favorites preach so gently and creatively? The success of "Kids Who Give," an on-going contest that recognizes volunteerism by children 7 to 17 would seem to indicate kids are getting the message - and acting on it.

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