Annual BNSF Holiday Express Pays Tribute to Military Families in Southeast


About 350 riders boarded BNSF Railway’s Holiday Express passenger train at Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 3, as the annual train trip, a tribute to families of the U.S. military, got underway. Other stops included Jonesboro, Ark., on Dec. 4, Memphis on Dec. 5, Amory, Miss., on Dec. 6, and the final stop at Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 7.

The Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

A Dozen Gifts that Give Back

A great gift is fun yet mindful. A gift that tells a story. A gift that truly gives back. This year think outside the (100% post-consumer recycled) box and give a gift that will bring holiday cheer to your loved ones while empowering the people and communities behind the products.

View Fair Trade USA's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.



Giving Tuesday


Have you noticed that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now morphed together? And they now start the entire week before Thanksgiving? Some stores are even open on Thanksgiving Day now!

I’m not really complaining. I love a good deal. And shopping has always been one of my favorite pastimes.

But even I realize the irony. On the very day set aside to be thankful for what we already have, we are making plans to buy more.

Perhaps that’s why Giving Tuesday debuted two years ago. It’s a global initiative encouraging others to give back.

Twitter Chat with Bonnie Taub-Dix

Healthy Hydration During the Holidays

Use the hashtag #Hydrate4Health to participate in a Twitter chat with author, blogger and registered dietician, Bonnie Taub-Dix on Thursday December 4th at 1pm. Tune in for ways to lighten up the holiday season through healthy hydration and festive libations.  

Hope you join us – the more the merrier!


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Make-A-Wish Reunites Wish Kids With Loved Ones, Grants Their One True Wish

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Friends, family, four-legged companions – For many of us, spending Thanksgiving and the holidays with our loved ones is a routine for which we are grateful. For some wish kids, being able to spend time with loved ones is their one, true wish. In celebration of Thanksgiving, Make-A-Wish highlights wishes that involving reuniting wish kids with the ones they hold near and dear, regardless of the distance and obstacles that separate them.

"I wish to go to Japan to visit my brother in the U.S. Air Force.”

Macy’s Believe Campaign Benefitting Make-A-Wish® Aims to Break Guinness World Record

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This holiday season, Macy’s is asking America to “wish big.”

The 7th annual Macy’s Believe campaign benefitting Make-A-Wish® asks believers of all ages to write letters to Santa and send them to the North Pole via Macy’s. The letters will help Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, and in some cases, contribute to setting a world record.

Safeway's Help Us End Hunger Holiday Campaign

Making a difference — we need your support to help even more people than last year

Every year, Safeway promotes the spirit of giving to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks. In 2013, our Help Us End Hunger food drive led to the donation of over 630,000 bags of food to local food banks. This year, we want to exceed that number to increase our impact in our communities — but we need your help!

Once again, Safeway is joining forces with our shoppers, local food banks, broadcast partners and Kraft Foods in the Help Us End Hunger food drive. Food donations will be collected through December 25 at most of our stores.

Reducing Your Environmental Footprint During Your Holidays


A vacation is the time for travelling, having fun and letting go. That doesn’t mean it should be synonymous with excessive consumption! You may be environmentally conscious at home, but do you have the guts to bring that attitude with you when you leave? Here are a few tips that are sure to reduce your environmental footprint when you’re vacationing abroad… or in the next town over!

Make your vacation more eco-friendly with these tips and tricks!

#DardenDigest: We're All Family Here


At Olive Garden, our goal is to treat everyone like family and to provide our guests with special experiences of gathering around the table with loved ones. Each holiday season, Olive Garden restaurants select deserving families from our local communities to host for a special holiday meal on us. This past holiday season, I’m thankful to have been able to give a gift of a holiday meal to a very deserving family who also happens to be part of our Olive Garden family.

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These Messages From Trees for Troops Recipients Will Warm Your Heart

by Lauren Magnall

Imagine a smiling group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a Christmas tree that was grown on an American farm and shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a military spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of a free, real Christmas tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops makes this vision a reality!


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