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Catherine Behrendt Talks Toys For Tots With Me…It’s Touching! [audio]

For as long as I lived in Grand Rapids Toys For Tots and Catherine Behrendt are synonymous.   They go together, as Forrest Gump would say, like "peas and carrots." 

There's no better feeling than giving!  There just isn't!  I know we all live such busy lives but sometimes it's just so good to get outside of yourself, and get outside of your own little world especially for a child

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Flickr/basykes
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Great Holiday Gift Ideas

Lynne Ike, Director of Marketing for SMG, VanAndel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, and a regular guest every Friday morning on "Morning's with Andy,"  suggests some great gifts/stocking stuffers. 

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Flickr/The Real Estreya's photostream
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Shop Till You Drop For One-Of-A-Kind Gifts

It's the holidays and you're rushing about buying gifts for family and loved ones.  Or, at least you're going to begin shopping any minute now, right?

If you're like me, I like to find the unusual, if possible

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Mariah Carey + Justin Bieber Celebrate Christmas at Macy’s in ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Video

It’s a holiday wonderland and shopper’s paradise in the video for the Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber redo of her 1990s neo-classic ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’ The clip for this upbeat holiday anthem is bright and sparkly, and there appears to be a hint of crushing going on in this May-December collaboration.

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Category: Christmas, Videos
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Toys For Tots, Many Who Have Donated Are Now In Need

It's happening all over the country and sadly Grand Rapids is no exception.  In many years past, there were so many who donated toys for "Toys For Tots" and now those same people are on the other side.

Catherine Behrendt from WZZM 13 and Take Five & C

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dongkwan, Flickr
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Survey Says — Holidays Are No Longer the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Seems “holiday cheer” may be a misnomer, at least according to a new survey. Consumer Reports polled 1,013 adults, revealing that 90 percent of us have at least one thing to complain about the holidays, and 15 percent hate that they’re expected to be nice.

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Category: Christmas
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digitpedia/Flickr
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Shopping On Your Smart Phone Could Be Dangerous

Watch out this Christmas if you're shopping on-line.  Hackers are everywhere and they're not only trying to scam you out of your personal information, but trying to break into retail sites you shop.

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Really? Rhode Island Governor Has To Defend A Holiday Tree In Statehouse

Really!  Really?  When I read this headline I thought to myself, "Give me a break."  Has it really come to this?  The "holiday" tree in the Rhode Island Statehouse has been called into question.  Apparently the reasoning with lawmakers is this.  They are upset with the Governor's decision to call the blue spruce erected in the Statehouse a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree" and believe the focus should be on feeding the poor.  Hey you know what?  You can call it a holiday tree, you can call it a Christmas tree AND you can still help the poor.

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Senior Citizen Returns Cash Stolen From Sears In The 1940′s

This goes to show you that a guilty conscious, for some people, will eat away at you for years.  For the past 60 years a man had thoughts about something that he did years ago that has continued to haunt him

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Uptown Holiday Shop Hop
Uptown Holiday Shop Hop
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Holiday Shop Hop Is Thursday

Did you cyber shop yesterday during cyber Monday?  How about the days before, Black Friday and the like?

Bargains are everywhere,  but especially locally.  And, by locally I mean "local" stores.  Small, Grand Rapids businesses with some of the best, and unique items and deals.  The variety and uniqueness you'll find in some of our shopping districts can't be beat.

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The 12 Days Of Christmas Today Would Cost $100,000 Plus

Every year around this time some decides to calculate the cost of the 12 Days Of Christmas.  Yeah, with inflation the price does continue to rise.  But if someone was planning a little surprise for someone special they better dig deep in their pockets

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It’s Cyber Monday!

Holy Cow, it's Cyber Monday!  We just survived Black Friday, or Thursday, and a weekend of 'hurry, get them while-they're-hot' deals.   And now, another day of 'unbelievable' deals.

Actually, Cyber Monda

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