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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Philanthropy

PHOTO: AARP of Pennsylvania has a Fraud Watch website that's available to all consumers to learn how to prevent fraud, which is especially high during the holidays. Graphic courtesy AARP of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA - December is a time to make merry, and scammers have their own ideas for how to celebrate at others' expense. Mary Bach, who chairs AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force in Pennsylvania, said the organization has initiated a Fraud Watch Network to counteract them. "There are lots and lot ...Read More

PHOTO: The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for scammers. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a free, online resource guide so Californians can protect themselves from holiday scams. Photo credit: Batman2000/FeaturePics.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It may be the season of giving, but it's unfortunately the season of taking too. Whether it's an online shopping scam, gift card fraud or a fake charity asking for donations, AARP fraud expert Sally Hurme says always think twice before giving out personal information. "Whether ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a ...Read More

PHOTO: Scammers have found ways to grab cash right off of gift cards, a problem that seems to peak during the holidays. Photo credit: J. Oster.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It is the season of giving - but for con artists, it's the season of taking, and consumers have to be wary. Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP South Dakota, said the group has developed some tools to outsmart the scammers through its Fraud Watch Network. For example, she sai ...Read More

PHOTO: Many of America's deceased veterans will be recognized through ceremonies on Saturday. Photo credit: Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

FERNLEY, Nev. - Thousands of deceased veterans in Nevada and across the nation will be honored through ceremonies on Saturday. Wreaths Across America involves holiday wreaths being placed at the gravesites of veterans at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, and the Southern Ne ...Read More

PHOTO: Holiday generosity is a Washington tradition, but nowadays it's smart to check everything out before you buy or donate, from cash gift cards to shopping websites, to the charities seeking end-of-year contributions. Photo credit: Batman2000/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's fine to put a few dollars in the red Salvation Army kettles this time of year, but if you're planning larger contributions to charity, there's more to be done than opening a wallet. Holiday giving is one of the areas where well-meaning Washingtonians and their money are easily ...Read More

PHOTO: As Illinoisans reach into their wallets to donate to those less fortunate this holiday season, consumer experts say it's critical they do their research to avoid fraudulent charities and scam activists. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - The holiday season is a time of giving, but Illinoisans are being encouraged to look more closely at the "big picture" of a charity before donating to it. A recent study from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) revealed people consider the finances of an organization to be the most important ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that one in seven Kentuckians relied on a food bank in the past year to help them put food in their pantry. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - How hungry is Kentucky? A new report from Feeding America finds that more than 3.5 million food distributions were made this year to more than 209,000 Kentucky households. That's one in every seven Kentuckians turning to a food bank for help. "We keep hearing that the Great Recessi ...Read More

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