New York's homeless are outraged after a Chinese millionaire promised to provide them each with a fancy lunch in Central Park and $300 each, only to find that they would not be receiving the cash prize.
Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese recycling entrepreneur, organized Wednesday's lunch with the New York City Rescue Mission to provide a three-course meal to 250 homeless people at The Loeb Central Park Boathouse restaurant. Chen had taken out advertisements last week in U.S. newspapers, advertising the unique charity event that promised lunch, along with a $300 cash gift for each attendee.
Chinese and Americans reporters crowded around the Boathouse restaurant on Wednesday to observe the 250 homeless people dining on a three-course meal that was served by suited waiters and included filet mignon, tuna and fruit. Chen also performed magic tricks for the crowd and sang a rendition of "We Are the World," a charity song originally composed in 1985. more >>
A church in Arizona facing the possibility of foreclosure due to owing money on a tax it claims was illegal has raised about $68,000 to remain open.
Church of the Isaiah 58 Project was given a $50,000 tax bill from La Paz County that the congregation argues it does not have to pay.
Howard Schultz, the Starbucks chairman and CEO who announced last week that the global coffee giant is offering free tuition to all of its employees who work 20 hours a week or more, said he understands the plight of the poor because he's witnessed the dismantling of the American dream in his own family.
"When I grew up as a poor kid in Brooklyn I saw the fracturing of the American dream. My parents did not have health insurance — I saw that firsthand," Schultz told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
"I'm scarred with what it meant to grow up on the other side of the tracks. I feel the vulnerability and the shame of what that meant as a poor kid. And I see these kids and families and my heart goes out to them," he continued. more >>
Americans are increasingly giving more to charity, but less of that money is going to the church, according to a newly released report.
An annual research report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that Americans are increasing their donations to charities.
For the year 2013, Americans gave approximately $335 billion to charity, which represented an increase of 3 percent when adjusted for inflation. more >>
Neurosurgeon and notable conservative speaker Dr. Ben Carson's most recent book has made it to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' best sellers list.
Dr. Carson's One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future, debuted on the "Hardcover Nonfiction" list at No. 1 last week and remains so this week.
In the Hardcover Nonfiction category, One Nation is trailed by French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century at No. 2, and Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer at No. 3. more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out against human traffickers, warning them that they will be held accountable for their crimes. He also pleaded on behalf of the tens of thousands of children around the world forced to work in degrading conditions on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor on Thursday.
"One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the pope said about those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing during a general audience at the Vatican on Wednesdays, also calling them "merchants of death."
The Roman Catholic Church leader pleaded for the "tens of thousands of children who are forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, mistreatment and discrimination." He also called on the international community to "extend social protection for minors in order to weaken this scourge." more >>