The Salvation Army is expanding its efforts to support the needy by teaming up with the portable payment technology of Square to develop mobile donation solutions.
Now, passersby can donate not only to the traditional workers with bells and buckets, but they can also swipe their credit cards, or simply enter their card information on a volunteer’s phone.
The Army plans to put the technology into use in strategic locations in four big cities: New York, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. more >>
As Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for the Penn State University football team, took to the airwaves Monday night to deny that he had sexually abused eight young boys, sources close to the investigation say nearly 10 more alleged victims have come forward to share their stories with authorities. Speculation has also arisen among some observers that the former football coach's alleged victims may have been poor black boys.
The New York Times reports that police have been working to confirm the new allegations against Sandusky, who was arrested Nov. 5 and charged with 40 felony and misdemeanor counts of sexually abusing boys ranging in age from 7 or 8 years old to about 15, over a 15-year period.
In a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams," Sandusky was asked to respond to the charges he is facing as well as testimonies published in the grand jury indictment. more >>
Gaballi is just one of several discount food ministries that has stepped up to provide discount groceries since Angel Food Ministries shut down in September. What makes Gaballi unique, however, is that, in addition to providing food at a much more affordable rate, they also provide their members with the opportunity to earn free food.
Gaballi launched in September, and although its launch coincided with the closing of AFM, the company's CEO says it was just God's timing.
“It's almost like the day we started to promote was the day they were closed down,” said Colin Farnum, the company's CEO, in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. Instead of selling food at wholesale costs to chain stores, which then mark up the prices to sell to consumers, Farnum says Gaballi buys products directly from farmers and sells directly to consumers. more >>
Hundreds of volunteers from across the country descended on New York City Friday in an effort to pack more than 5,000 shoe boxes with small Christmas gifts to send to some of the worlds neediest children.
The project, dubbed Operation Christmas Child, is an effort to place more than 8 million gift boxes in children’s hands worldwide this holiday season, organizers said.
“This is an opportunity to tell them that they haven’t been forgotten,” said Randy Riddle, the U.S. director for operations for the project. more >>
When Eugene Cho went to visit the country of Burma, he spent time traveling and visiting schools in the area. It was there he discovered, to his shock, the salary of a school teacher in those small towns and villages was roughly $40 a year.
Prior to his travels, Cho says in a video from his website, he knew all the statistics and numbers on poverty, but it wasn’t until he saw how far even $40 could go in the life of a school teacher that he began listening to “the stories behind the statistics.”
In 2009, he made a decision with his wife and three children, to donate their 2009 salary to help fight global poverty. Shortly thereafter, their organization, One Day’s Wages, was born. This month, they are celebrating their two year anniversary. more >>
Despite the president’s attempts to stall a decision allowing the construction of a TransCanada Keystone XL oil pipeline, Barack Obama is caught in a desperate position where he is being pressured to choose, sooner rather than later, between either jobs or the environment.
With the U.S. unemployment rate stuck at 9 percent, employment is set to become a key issue going into the 2012 election. Obama, who created the American Jobs Act, has traveled the country to promote job creation. However, there is one economic opportunity that his administration has tried to avoid: the TransCanada Keystone pipeline.
The company promises the 2,154-mile international tar sands pipeline extending from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. markets in Illinois, Nebraska and Oklahoma will create “more than $20 billion in new private sector investment in the U.S. economy” as well as create 20,000 construction jobs that will “generate $6.5 billion in new personal income.” more >>