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pennsylvania lottery winner donates ticket to salvation army charity
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Not all heroes wear capes, but this one might. Frankly, we don’t know becuase their identity is a mystery.

Someone dropped a winning lottery ticket worth $1,000 into a Salvation Army bucket at a Walmart in Erie, Pa on December 6. And we never even got a chance to thank them.

via The Nest

“We’ve received donations of winning instant tickets in the past, but they’re usually in an amount of $10 or $20 – never something of this size,” Major Leslie Walter, officer of the Salvation Army in Erie, told Fox. “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help us to serve people and families in need.”

But how can we contact them if we need their help in the future. Like Batman, they’ve disappeared into the night, waiting to fight again.

And should they fight again, please feel free to send winning lottery tickets to The Daily What, mysterious stranger.

via Lady Geekgirl

trending news facebook school photo raises cancer awareness
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In a super-touching image, a British Mom posted a back-to-school picture of her daughter Emily after losing her to childhood cancer in a super-effective effort to raise awareness of the disease.





She is encouraging everyone on Facebook to "Go Gold for Cancer Awareness" on your profile pic, like this:




Get all the links to show your support on Facebook and Twitter, and to learn more about the "Go Gold Project" here.


trending facebook live video senior citizen ice cream 89 years chicago gofundme raises huge money
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When Fidencio Sanchez pushed his ice cream cart to work again on Monday, he showed the world his resiliency in light of several recent tragedies in his life.

Thanks to a stranger setting him up a GoFundMe page to help the 89-year-old to retire and pay for his family's healthcare costs, he is now over $283,000 richer and can finally empty out the ice cream cart for the last time.

Here he is on a Facebook Live session, getting some of the fame he deserves:


Support his GoFundMe campaign here.


Fully Funding U.S. Medicare and Reforming our Immigration Policies are key to helping good people like Sanchez retire with the respect they deserve, because we will all grow old someday.




trending lgbtq news bea arthur new york homeless shelter
Via MTV News
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Bea Arthur, everyone's favorite Golden Girl Grandma continues to "Mom" us through the legacy of her will. A longtime supporter of the Ali Forney Center for LGBTI youth in New York City's East Village, she left $300,000 in her will to support it. The Bea Arthur Residence will open in Feb 2017, giving hope, counseling, shelter, and a safe place with 18 rooms for LGBTI youth. Though she died in 2009, she'll always be a hero to LGBTI youth everywhere.

Donate to the center yourself here.








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Hey, remember that stupid, viral challenge a few summers ago that had celebrities and your weird aunt on Facebook alike dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads? A lot of people at the time criticized it for being the same kind of "slacktivism" as a filter on your profile picture or a status update. Well, for once, we have good news. THIS ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING. According to the ALS Association, this trend raised $115 million, $77 million went to research which so far has found at least three new gene variants that can be linked to ALS. Here's a nifty infographic showing what happened after people started dousing themselves in ice water.


viaALS Association

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Comedians and celebrities are pitching in to ask people to donate to the charity organization Comic Relief.

Via The Drum
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This is a promotion in the UK to encourage people to try a new Nutella filled Krispy Kreme donut that will start being widely available May 27. The money from the promotional donut sales will go to charity. The video description offers more information:

Krispy Kreme, the American purveyor of all things doughnut, has unveiled an ATM-style contraption in London's Holborn to activate its new Nutty Chocolatta flavour.

The limited edition doughy treat is filled with the popular Nutella sandwich spread and, according a 'leaked memo' PR stunt from the brand, is set to be available nationwide on 27 May.

Krispy Kreme is giving fans the chance to preview the Nutty Chocolatta until 21 May by way of the Hole in the Wall contraption.

Devised by Devries Slam and delivered by creative technology agency Kerve, the system allows passers-by to touch their contactless card to a reader and pay two pounds for their individually-wrapped doughnut. This is presented on a cushion accessed only when a door opens after payment.All proceeds from the activation will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Via Star Wars
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Today, Daisy Ridley and some other Star Wars characters are thanking people for participating in a Star Wars themed charity fundraiser called they called Force For Change.  So far, Star Wars fans have raised over two million dollars for charities that focus mainly on children's health and education.

The fourth of May has been known as "Star Wars Day" for sometime now. If you don't know why, don't feel bad, some people are also just figuring it out today:


via @b0ringtweets


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Chris Pratt tours the set of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' to entice fans to enter a contest to spend a day on set. This is part of a charity effort from a company called Omaze which frequently offers a chance to win a cool experience to encourage entries that raise money for a charity, in this case, Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club. 

The video description provided a link and an explanation of what kind of prize the winner will receive:

Chris Pratt is offering you the chance to jump a forklift (?) and own a door (???) on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Why would you want to do that? Let Chris explain. Enter for your chance to win: http://bit.ly/ChrisPratt-GuardiansSet

All donations of $10 or more help the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club build a new teen center.
win kids soccer This Soccer Fan Got a Real, Signed Jersey so He Won't Have to Make One out of Plastic Bags Anymore
Via AFF
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This adorable kid was such a fan of Argentine soccer player, Lionel Messi, that he made his own jersey out of a trash bag and marker. An image of him went viral as people spread the word to help him get his own actual Messi jersey. 



Thanks to the Afghanistan Football Federation and UNICEF, he finally got a real jersey, signed by Messi. 


via UNICEFAfg

UNICEF wrote in their Facebook post that it's important to bring hope to kids through sports:

The right to play and practice sports promotes the well-being of all children, especially the most vulnerable trapped in emergencies around the world.

 
running charity A Woman Is Running Across the Irish Sea in a Giant Hamster Ball for Charity
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BBC presenter Lindsey Russell is planning to run across the Irish sea from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland and Portpatrick in Scotland. The run will benefit Sport Relief, a UK charity that raises money through sports related events. 

This specially made floating hamster wheel is nicknamed "Bobby". 


via roselawrence

Russell is expected to complete this awesome journey about 14 hours after her start time of 6:30 am today. 

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According to Charity Navigator the charity spends 60% of its funds on programs for veterans. The rest is in fundraising and overhead, which includes 'lavish' team building conferences. 60% may seem like a lot, but it really isn't when you compare that to the 96% spent on programs by the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or 91% by Fisher House. Former employees say that spending and conferences have increased since CEO, Steven Nardizzi, started there.


via CBS NEWS

This is a man who knows how to make an entrance. He has been noted rappelling down the side of a building into a meeting, riding in on a Segway and even using a horse on one of these fantastic appearances. Former employees like Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette have concerns that not only is the non-profit misusing money earned by exploiting the stories of wounded veterans, but it's not even providing adequate help with the programs it does spend money on.

This is the charity that Donald Trump intends to support while skipping the debate in Iowa.

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Mark Hamill joined Steven Blum, and the The 501st Legion to train some Padawans at a children's hospital in Los Angeles. 

Of course, Mark Hamill had the sweetest thing to say about the visit: 

Thank YOU Children's Hospital Los Angeles ! Feeling the pure joy & exuberance of those children up close & personal is a gift to cherish.

via Mark Hamill

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Donna Goldstein filled her cart with Christmas gifts and stockings during a shopping spree she won at a 99-cent store on her 99th birthday. She's going to use her haul to assemble holiday stockings for kids in need. They will be distributed around her community in the Beverly Grove Neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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From the Swedish division of ActionAid comes the most unique charity Christmas album yet. Let goats serenade you with your favorite holiday tunes like Jingle Bells:



Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 



And best of all, O Come All Ye Faithful:



ActionAid is a multi-national organization dedicated to fighting poverty. The eight song album is available on most streaming services and the money earned from the album will benefit ActionAid.