Friday, December 21, 2012
For the 18th year, police officers from across the metro gathered at the Golden Valley police station to donate toys to children in need.
On Dec. 19, 45 police cars and SUVs streamed into Golden Valley, lining the streets near City Hall. But this was no emergency. With cars full of gifts, about 20 metro-area police departments, including Richfield Public Safety, gathered at the Golden Valley police station in preparation for the Golden Valley Police Department's annual Toys for Tots parade to the KARE 11 drop-off site. While officers admit that it's almost impossible to count how many toys each department donates, Golden Valley police told Patch that cops bring thousands of gifts to the KARE 11 tent each year. Right before 5 p.m., police roared down Golden Valley Road to KARE 11's station with sirens on and lights flashing. Wednesday's noisy motorcade of law enforcement …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
From donating time to used books, there are plenty of ways to give back this holiday season.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
There are several places to drop off new, unwrapped toy donations.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive started as a pilot program in 1947. Since its start over 209 million children in need have received toys through the program, according to Toys for Tots. New and unwrapped toys can be donated at several locations in Richfield: Where: Houlihan's When: 11 a.m. to midnight any day of the week. Accepting donations from Nov. 24 through Dec. 19. Where: Babies R Us When: Monday-Thursday, Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Accepting donations from Nov. 1 through Dec. 17. In addition, all Walgreens, Wells Fargo and Cub Foods locations in Minnesota…
Monday, November 26, 2012
A handful of Twin Cities area nonprofits are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
As we gather together with family and friends this holiday season to give thanks, it's also a great opportunity to give back.
As we gather together with family and friends this holiday season to give thanks, share memories and create priceless memories, it is also a great reminder of how much we have. And the perfect opportunity to give back. Whether you are looking to give back to an organization that has helped you or make a difference to someone who may have less than you, now is the time of the year to take a step back and reflect on the ways you can share your good fortune with others. Take a look around you at the organizations that are near and dear to your heart and help out. Give Blood According to the American Red Cross, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States need blood, and more than 44,000 blood donations are …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Richfield ice cream shop and candy store hopes to help VEAP offset recent funding losses.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Richfield's Cone Brothers Ice Cream and Candy Shop recently pledged 10 percent of its candy sales to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP). VEAP, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit helping lower-income people in Richfield, Bloomington, Edina and South Minneapolis, recently lost a $15,000 annual grant of sorts from the City of Richfield. Cones Brothers is hoping its holiday giving program will help offset some of that loss. “I think it’s important to give back to the community in a way that helps those who need it the most," Cones Brothers owner, Jock Shields, said. "Especially during times like these when the need is greatest." The donation …