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Three-year-old Andrew Eichstadt is among the nearly 30 percent of Oregon’s children who need food assistance.

Can You Help? From rebuilding Joplin, Mo., to assisting the littlest customers at a food pantry in Portland, Ore., Americans are pitching in to get through the hard times. How you can join this parade of giving.

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Personality Walter Scott,s


Q: Would Ralph Macchio ever do another Karate Kid movie? —Stephanie Whitley, Smithfield, Va.

A: “No, I don’t have a


Tom Colicchio

The restaurateur and cookbook author, 49, is head judge of Top Chef (season nine, set in Texas, is airing now on Bravo, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET). Do your restaurant patrons offer critiques of your food?

Every day! If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone jokingly say, “Pack your knives and go!” It’s like, “Oh, wow, I haven’t heard that one before.”

desire to,” says Macchio, 50. “It seems like a different franchise now.” The father of two is working on a teen driving safety campaign for State Farm in which he teaches his son, 16, the rules of the road (for the videos, go to /macchio). He’s also producing a reality show about Gypsies for the National Geographic Channel, due in the spring.

You love to fish. Have you ever caught anything you couldn’t turn into a good meal? I throw most

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of my fish back. It’s really for sport. If I know I’m making dinner for people that night, I may keep one, but I don’t cut them up and put them in the freezer.

How many languages does Alex Trebek speak? —R. Compton, Bridgeport, Tex.

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Q: Has Jennifer Nettles been approached to play Janis Joplin in a biopic?

Five, including English. “I can get by in Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Swahili,” says the Jeopardy! host, 71. “But don’t expect much in Hawaiian and Welsh.”

—Shi, Tracy, Calif.

A: “Not officially, but I’ve

heard it thrown around by fans,” says the Sugarland singer, 37. She’d consider playing Joplin but admits, “It would be intimidating. She’s such a legendary character!” Next up, Nettles returns as host of the CMA Country Christmas

special, airing Dec. 1 (ABC, 9 p.m. ET). And she’s looking forward to the holidays after two years on the road. “My favorite part of Christmas is the smell of home,” she says. “The tree, food cooking, mulled wine, cinnamon.”

What’s your favorite meal from childhood?

I grew up Italian-American in New Jersey, and we made Sunday gravy—what most people would call marinara sauce—with meatballs and sausage. Every Sunday, we started eating around 4 o’clock. And in the summer, I would go crabbing with my grandfather. We boiled crabs and put them in marinara sauce to make crab gravy. There’s nothing like it.

Q: Brooke Shields has

The chef shares a favorite recipe at

—Winston Crowley, Wooster, Ohio

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appeared in many musicals. Has she had professional voice training?

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not doing a show, I work with my coach to keep my voice strong,” says Shields, 46, who ends her run on Broadway in The Addams Family on Dec. 31. The actress’s latest film project is The Greening of Whitney Brown, in theaters now.

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fervor. What is that like? I have to place all the adulation and admiration on a scale, and on the other side put all those who have been hating me for many years.

Do you travel with any special keepsakes? No, but I do like to practice with a flute when I’m warming up my voice. It helps my breathing, and it’s relaxing.

Do you mean classical music critics? Some have been hard on you. I’m not affected very much by criticism that has no reason. There are critics who are honest and those who are just not objective. I’m never interested in looking at things from the negative side.

Your extended family lives in Tuscany, including your two teenage sons. What’s a typical day with them like? My sons are 16 and 14, old enough that we can do a lot of things together. They love the sea, for instance, so we can go out on a boat, and that is always a pleasure.

Do you get gifts from female admirers? Yes. Things like that have happened. Perfumed notes.

When you’re home, do you cook? Sometimes I make pasta. But nothing else. I’m not a great cook. It’s dangerous to eat my food.

Ever blushed at such a note? I’m not that shy. Not in life— only on the stage. I’ve often felt stage fright. How does that affect you? It affects my heart rate. Then my hands become sweaty and cold.


Andrea Bocelli The beloved tenor opens up about stage fright, unexpected success, and the notes he gets from fans

drizzle-soaked concert in New York’s Central Park, Andrea Bocelli lets the sun shine in. He welcomes Céline Dion onstage for their duet, “The Prayer,” and the audience, estimated at 60,000, whoops like football fans celebrating a touchdown. The concert, airing Dec. 2 on PBS (check local listings) and also available on CD/DVD, is proof that not even Mother Nature can rain on Bocelli’s parade. At 53, the blind,

Tuscan-born tenor remains a crowd-pleasing master of pop ballads, traditional songs, and opera alike. Bocelli (and his translator) talked with Steve Daly in New York.



wo hours into a

PARADE Your 1999 Sacred Arias is the all-time best-selling album by a classical soloist. Did that surprise you? My company said, joking, “Probably you will sell this album only to your relatives.” Nobody realized this music would have so much appeal. Your fans, many of them women, seem to follow you with an almost religious

Can fear be a useful tool for an artist? Fear is never useful, because it weakens you. But a certain tension can help you become more expressive onstage. Your nickname as a child was Earthquake. Why? I was never still. My parents were always holding their breath, because they didn’t know what would come next. I remember that I broke, willingly, a bunch of toys, because I wanted to see what was inside.

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You’ve said in interviews that you miss your father, who passed away in 2000. My father was not a musician, but he believed very much in me. He knew that I had to overcome difficulties in life. [Bocelli had congenital glaucoma and lost his sight completely at age 12 after a sports accident.] Unfortunately, when I began my career, he was sick and had to stay at home. But every night I called him. He was always telling me, “You have to go sing in America.” So all of the [American] concerts I’ve done—Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan [Opera], and now Central Park—these are all things I would have liked to live with him.



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Does depression hold you back from what you enjoy? Manner Up! Modern etiquette made easy

Depression is a serious medical condition


that can take so much out of you. It can

Q: My brother gave me a gift that seemed familiar … then it dawned on me: I had given him that very present last year. I was so upset. Is it ever okay to regift?

make you feel sad, helpless and uninterested

—Penny G., Los Angeles

FDA-approved to treat depression, and is

A: Your brother made a mortifying faux pas, but his intentions were good, and he clearly thought this was something you’d want. (You probably did, if you liked it enough to give to someone, right?) As a general rule, though, there’s nothing wrong with regifting. “I’m 100 percent for regifting, as long as you follow certain rules,” says Patricia Rossi, author of Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations. “Always rewrap the gift beautifully and add a new card. Remove any tags that could indicate you received it as a present. Never regift in the same social circle. If you received something from a coworker, regift to someone you don’t work with. Don’t pass on anything that looks even remotely used. And make sure it’s something the recipient will actually like.” I’d add a final rule: Check the value of the item. Sometimes looks can be deceiving. —Judith Newman

believed to work on two chemicals in the brain,

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serotonin and norepinephrine. PRISTIQ offers free education and support. Plus, with PRISTIQ, you may be eligible for help with prescription costs.* If depression is affecting the way you feel about yourself, treating it may help. Ask your doctor if PRISTIQ may be right for you. Visit or call 1-800-PRISTIQ (1-800-774-7847) *Eligibility restrictions apply. Offer subject to change. Please see for full terms and conditions.

PRISTIQ is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. Important Safety Information About PRISTIQ Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, teens, and young adults. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy or when the dose is changed should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior such as becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, or restless. Should these occur, report them to a doctor. PRISTIQ is not approved for use in children under 18. People taking MAOIs should not take PRISTIQ. Tell your healthcare professional about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking or plan to take, including: medicines to treat migraines or psychiatric disorders, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition; and aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, or blood thinners because they may increase the risk of bleeding.

PRISTIQ may cause or make some conditions worse, so tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, including: • High blood pressure, which should be controlled before you start taking PRISTIQ and monitored regularly • Heart problems, high cholesterol or triglyceride levels or a history of stroke, glaucoma or increased eye pressure, kidney or liver problems, low sodium levels in your blood • Have or had bleeding problems • Have or had depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior • Mania, bipolar disorder, or seizures or convulsions • If nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant Discontinuation symptoms may occur when stopping or reducing PRISTIQ, so talk to your healthcare professional before stopping or changing your dose of PRISTIQ. Until you see how PRISTIQ affects you, be careful driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking PRISTIQ. Side effects when taking PRISTIQ 50 mg may include nausea, dizziness, sweating, constipation, and decreased appetite. Please see Important Risk Information for PRISTIQ on the following page. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. © 2011 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved.

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Read the Medication Guide that comes with you or your family member’s antidepressant medicine. Talk to your, or your family member’s, healthcare provider about: • all risks and benefits of treatment with antidepressant medicines • all treatment choices for depression or other serious mental illness What is the most important information I should know about antidepressant medicines, depression and other serious mental illnesses, and suicidal thoughts or actions? 1. Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults within the first few months of treatment. 2. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Some people may have a particularly high risk of having suicidal thoughts or actions. These include people who have (or have a family history of) bipolar illness (also called manic-depressive illness) or suicidal thoughts or actions. 3. How can I watch for and try to prevent suicidal thoughts and actions in myself or a family member? • Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed. • Call the healthcare provider right away to report new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings. • Keep all follow-up visits with the healthcare provider as scheduled. Call the healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you have concerns about symptoms. Call a healthcare provider right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you: • acting on dangerous impulses • thoughts about suicide or dying • feeling very agitated or restless • trouble sleeping (insomnia) • an extreme increase in activity and talking • attempts to commit suicide (mania) • new or worse depression • acting aggressive, being angry or violent • panic attacks • other unusual changes in behavior or mood • new or worse anxiety What else do I need to know about antidepressant medicines? • Never stop an antidepressant medicine without first talking to a healthcare provider. Stopping an antidepressant medicine suddenly can cause other symptoms. • Antidepressants are medicines used to treat depression and other illnesses. It is important to discuss all the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. Patients and their families or other caregivers should discuss all treatment choices with the healthcare provider, not just the use of antidepressants. • Antidepressant medicines have other side effects. Talk to the healthcare provider about the side effects of the medicine prescribed for you or your family member. • Antidepressant medicines can interact with other medicines. Know all of the medicines that you or your family member takes. Keep a list of all medicines to show the healthcare provider. Do not start new medicines without first checking with your healthcare provider. • Not all antidepressant medicines prescribed for children are FDA approved for use in children. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider for more information. Important Information about Pristiq Read the patient information that comes with Pristiq before you take Pristiq and each time you refill your prescription. There may be new information. If you have questions, ask your healthcare provider. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is Pristiq? • Pristiq is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. Pristiq belongs to a class of medicines known as SNRIs (or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). • Pristiq is not approved for use in children and adolescents. Who should not take Pristiq? Do not take Pristiq if you: • are allergic to desvenlafaxine, venlafaxine or any of the ingredients in Pristiq. • currently take, or have taken within the last 14 days, any medicine known as an MAOI. Taking an MAOI with certain other medicines, including Pristiq, can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects. Also, you must wait at least 7 days after you stop taking Pristiq before you take any MAOI. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Pristiq? Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you: • have high blood pressure • have or had seizures or convulsions • have heart problems • have mania or bipolar disorder • have high cholesterol or high triglycerides • have low sodium levels in your blood • history of stroke • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • have or had depression, suicidal It is not known if Pristiq will harm your thoughts or behavior unborn baby. • have glaucoma • are breastfeeding. Pristiq can pass into your • have kidney problems breast milk and may harm your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best • have liver problems way to feed your baby if you take Pristiq. • have or had bleeding problems Serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)-like reactions Rare, but potentially life-threatening, conditions called serotonin syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions can happen when medicines such as Pristiq are taken with certain other medicines. Serotonin syndrome or NMS-like reactions can cause serious changes in how your brain, muscles, heart and blood vessels, and digestive system work. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take the following: • medicines to treat migraine headaches known as triptans Based on PI LAB-045230 PQP00597C

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• St. John’s Wort psychotic, or thought disorders, including • MAOIs (including linezolid, tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin an antibiotic) reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or serotonin • tryptophan supplements norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors • silbutramine (SNRIs), antipsychotic drugs, or other • tramadol dopamine antagonists, such as • medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, metoclopramide Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines. Before you take Pristiq with any of these medicines, talk to your healthcare provider about serotonin syndrome. See “What are the possible side effects of Pristiq?” Pristiq contains the medicine desvenlafaxine. Do not take Pristiq with other medicines containing venlafaxine or desvenlafaxine. Switching from other antidepressants Side effects from discontinuing antidepressant medication have occurred when patients switched from other antidepressants, including venlafaxine, to Pristiq. Your doctor may gradually reduce the dose of your initial antidepressant medication to help reduce these side effects. What should I avoid while taking Pristiq? • Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how Pristiq affects you. • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Pristiq. What are the possible side effects of Pristiq? Pristiq can cause serious side effects, including: • See the beginning of this page. • Serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)-like reactions. See “What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Pristiq?” Get medical help right away if you think that you have these syndromes. Signs and symptoms of these syndromes may include one or more of the following: • diarrhea • restlessness • coma • nausea • loss of coordination • hallucinations • vomiting • fast heart beat (seeing and • confusion • increased body temperature hearing things that are not real) • increase in blood pressure • muscle stiffness Pristiq may also cause other serious side effects including: • New or worsened high blood pressure (hypertension). Your healthcare provider should monitor your blood pressure before and while you are taking Pristiq. If you have high blood pressure, it should be controlled before you start taking Pristiq. • Abnormal bleeding or bruising. Pristiq and other SNRIs/SSRIs may cause you to have an increased chance of bleeding. Taking aspirin, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or blood thinners may add to this risk. Tell your healthcare provider right away about any unusual bleeding or bruising. • Glaucoma (increased eye pressure) • Increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your blood • Symptoms when stopping Pristiq (discontinuation symptoms). Side effects may occur when stopping Pristiq (discontinuation symptoms), especially when therapy is stopped suddenly. Your healthcare provider may want to decrease your dose slowly to help avoid side effects. Some of these side effects may include: • sweating • diarrhea • tiredness • dizziness • sleeping problems • anxiety • headache • abnormal dreams (insomnia) • irritability • nausea • Seizures (convulsions) • Low sodium levels in your blood. Symptoms of this may include headache, difficulty concentrating, memory changes, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness on your feet. In severe or more sudden cases, symptoms can include hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), fainting, seizures and coma. If not treated, severe low sodium levels could be fatal. • Allergic reactions. Some reactions can be severe such as swelling beneath the skin (e.g., throat, face, hands). Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have any of these side effects. Common side effects with Pristiq include: • anxiety • sleepiness • nausea • tremor • tiredness • diarrhea • feeling that your • insomnia • headache surroundings are spinning • decreased sex drive • vomiting or moving • constipation • dry mouth • dizziness • delayed orgasm and • loss of appetite • dilated pupils ejaculation • sweating These are not all the possible side effects of Pristiq. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. For more information on these and other side effects associated with Pristiq, talk to your healthcare provider, visit our web site at or call our toll-free number 1-888-Pristiq. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Contact Information Please visit our web site at, or call our toll-free number 1-888-Pristiq to receive more information. This product’s label may have been updated. For current package insert and further product information, please visit or call our medical communications department toll-free at 1-800-934-5556.

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Get organized. Don’t cram coupons into an envelope willynilly—you’ll be much less likely to use them. Instead, label a binder or an accordion file by supermarket section—dairy, canned foods, produce, etc.—and stow the coupons you’ve clipped from the newspaper or printed from the Internet. Take the file along on shopping trips.


Make a list of staples. Write down the products your family uses regularly, not just what you need this week. Attach relevant coupons and bring the list to the store with you. Stock up on these items whenever they’re on sale.


Try one-stop shopping. Racing all over town for bargains will leave you stressed. Do a little research by calling around first. Questions to ask: Do you have loyalty cards for extra savings? Are there special deals on certain days? Can a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon be used together? The answers could help save you time and money. For more ways to save on your groceries, check out dashrecipes .com/serve

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time together. Williams summons up Marilyn’s essence without impersonating her, and Kenneth Branagh is a fine Laurence Olivier, her costar and director.


ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (rated PG) From Aardman,

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Susan Hill, fiction ($25)

Flooding English rains expose the skeleton of a much-loved local girl who vanished 16 years earlier. As crime techs comb the site, they discover another set of remains—but no one ever reported a second young woman missing. Hill, an award-winning novelist, shows just how good crime writing can be in this sixth installment of her series featuring Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler.

the Wallace & Gromit animators, comes a tale filled with heart and clever touches the whole family can enjoy. Santa’s bombastic son Steve (voiced by Hugh Laurie) has turned presentdelivering into something so

high-tech that a spacecraft not unlike the Starship Enterprise is involved. But when one little girl’s gift gets left behind, it’s up to clumsy

younger son Arthur (James McAvoy) and his grandfather (Bill Nighy) to get the old sleigh out of mothballs and save Christmas Day.

Daughtry ($15) Fans of former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry and his band of emotive rockers won’t be disappointed by their third album, a likable mix of gruffly sensitive power ballads and towering arena-rock anthems that showcase Daughtry’s dynamic baritone to great effect. These guys know what works for them, and they do it well, especially on the hard-driving “Renegade” and the comparatively tender “Start of Something Good.”



Orville Redenbacher Flavored Popcorn Redenbacher’s new flavors, Sea Salt and Vinegar, White Cheddar, and Extra Cheese, will spice up family night. HOW IT WORKS Pop it in the microwave, then sprinkle on the seasoning; each bag has its own packet, so you control the taste. WHERE TO GET IT Your local supermarket (from $1.19/bag) WHY WE LOVE IT


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Michelle Williams is getting high praise for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in this drama set during filming of the 1957 comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), on whose memoirs this movie is based, was assigned to babysit the mercurial star, then married to Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott, above with Williams). He found her by turns charming, seductive, fragile, and tortured during their




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LEND H A HAND It’s been a brutal year, but this holiday season, you can help fellow Americans get back on their feet. Here’s how.

doubt about it, 2011 has been tough: floods, wildfires, a longO No standing war, and a cratered economy that has taken a toll on all of us. Our domestic needs are so immense, experts have even coined a term for that what-can-I-do feeling: compassion fatigue. But the editors of PARADE believe Americans still want to help—if they know what needs to be done. That’s why, on this first Sunday of the holiday season, we’re spotlighting some folks and causes that could use a boost. In this Giving Issue, we tell you how $10 can keep a family warm; how to bring peace of mind to tornadoravaged Joplin, Mo.; even how to make an Olympic hopeful’s dreams come true. And if you’re short on cash but want to pitch in, we have a few ideas for you, too. Americans’ needs won’t end when the holiday season is over, but we hope this issue puts us one step closer to making 2012 a better year for all of us.



Imagine struggling to keep a roof over your family’s head while caring for a gravely ill child. Scott and Debbie Gout of Deltona, Fla., had two sons born with a rare disease (mitochondrial encephalopathy) that prevents the body from converting food and oxygen into energy. Their first son, Christopher, died just before his fifth birthday. Their second son, Matthew, 8, continues to battle the disease every day. Debbie left her job in 2004 to become a full-time caregiver, and the couple eventually took out a second mortgage. Now, with limited income and the collapse of the housing market in Florida, they are in danger of losing their home as well as their other son. Each year, the Gradient Gives Back Community Outreach Program assists families in financial straits by paying their mortgage or lease for a full 12 months; in the case of the Gouts, financial counselor Gabriel Burgos will also provide free service for life. PARADE readers can donate to the Gradient Gives Back Foundation, which oversees the program, to help the Gouts and, hopefully, other qualified families. // To learn more, go to

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P Andrew Eichstadt, 3, and his three siblings are among the children served by the Kelly SUN pantry in Portland.

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It’s not a place most people equate with

hunger, but according to Feeding America’s 2011 Meal Gap study, Oregon has the nation’s highest rate of “child food insecurity.” About 252,000 kids—or nearly 30 percent of the state’s youth— aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from, and 13 percent have at

least one unemployed parent. The Oregon Food Bank Network has distributed 1 million food boxes to families so far this year—a 12 percent increase over 2010. The Kelly SUN pantry in Portland provides food to nearly 60 families each month, including that of 3-year-

old Andrew Eichstadt. “My husband and I both work full-time, but we make minimum wage, and some months it’s either pay our bills or buy food,” says his mom, Nichole. Feeding one child for 10 days (30 meals) requires only $10. // To learn more, go to oregonfood

Here are some disturbing statistics: AIDS is now the third leading cause of death among African-American women in their 30s and 40s, and the number of new infections among gay and bisexual black men under 30 increased 48 percent between 2006 and 2009 (the latest U.S. figures available). This epidemic’s epicenter falls in the South, where poverty and lack of affordable health care are thwarting education, testing, and treatment. Patrick Packer, executive director of the Southern AIDS Coalition, says that the 16 southern states and the District of Columbia account for nearly half of the country’s new infections. His organization is out to “save one community of young people at a time,” but it needs your help. First up: Columbia, S.C., located in Richland County, which Packer says has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of HIV/AIDS cases and has taken ongoing hits to health care funding. The coalition plans to screen 5,000 atrisk youth and find proper care for those who test positive. “If we can turn the tide in Columbia,” he says, “we can do it anywhere.”// To learn more, go to


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Establish a New Lounge For Wounded Vets at Fort Belvoir, Va. When Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed on Aug. 27 after 102 years, its Hooah Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a popular gathering place for Iraq and



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Afghanistan vetsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; closed, too. (The term â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hooahâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oorahâ&#x20AC;? is a military expression of enthusiastic agreement; the acronym associated with it, HUA, stands for Heard, Understood, Acknowledged.) Operation Homefront DC Metro, a nonproďŹ t support group for soldiers and their families in the D.C. area, is building a bigger and better Hooah

Lounge adjacent to DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va., where many postâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9/11 vets are now treated. The cost of getting this new refuge for recovering veterans up and running is $10,000. Donate what you can, then holler out a big â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hooah!â&#x20AC;? for supporting the troops. // To learn more, go to operationhomefront .net/dcmetro


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P The Naranjo family plants a seedling in the Santa Clara Pueblo forest.



The Las Conchas wildďŹ re, which began June 26 when a tree fell on a power line, was the largest in New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, destroying 156,000 acres. Among the hardest hit was the Native American Tewa tribe of Santa Clara Pueblo. Although their village escaped damage, about 17,000 acresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or 80 percentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of their forestland were scorched. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That canyon is our church, our heritage, and our life,â&#x20AC;? says Walter Dasheno, governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, who has partnered with the New Mexico Community Foundation to launch a â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Will Healâ&#x20AC;? reforestation program. Every gift of $5 covers the cost of planting and nurturing one seedling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope is that one day our descendants will be able to point to the new trees and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My grandpa or grandma planted that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Dasheno. // To learn more, go to



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Short on Cash?

EIGHT MORE WAYS TO HELP OTHERS THIS SEASON P IF YOU SHOP ONLINE … GoodShop .com and donate a portion of proceeds to charity. P IF YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED … helps couples create gift registries, invitations, and party favors that benefit charitable organizations. P IF YOU JUST LIKE BEING NICE … Go to and request a free Youmanity Token. Register it on the website; then help out a stranger, hand them the token, and ask that they do the same. Follow the kindness chain you started as the token travels the country. P IF SHOES ARE CLUTTERING UP YOUR CLOSET … distributes them to the poor and disasterstruck around the world.

P IF YOU HAVE SPARE BUSINESS APPAREL … (for men’s clothing) and TheWomens (for women’s clothing) collect donations of “lightly worn” professional attire for outfitting job candidates on interviews. P IF YOU LOVE (STUFFED) ANIMALS … and gives your “gently used” friends to kids in need (see the websites for guidelines). P IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT LOCALLY … and pair neighbors with volunteer needs. P IF YOU ENJOY SURFING (THE INTERNET, THAT IS) … automatically donates to a favorite worthy group as you browse. —J.K.


Come to the Rescue of Two Flooded Communities in Kentucky

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Fresh Off the Cob Actress Linda Evans dishes from her new memoir, Recipes for Life.


Food has never let me down. In the early ’80s, we shot a scene for Dynasty where Joan [Collins] and I had to fight in a lily pond. During lunch, I was bundled up and shivering like a drowned rat, so I asked my assistant to get me something to eat. She came back with this warm plate of corn pudding. I was in heaven! I ate two more helpings and finally asked our caterers for the recipe. This dish is so wonderful and gooey, with the corn, the cheese, and the chiles. Your mouth is in so many different worlds at once. You collect the things you like, so I have about nine corn pudding recipes, but when I tried this one, wow, I knew it was a winner. I started ted cooking in my 20s, and nd for me it is just puree joy. I’m 69 and still cooking!


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