Florida Good

The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

Sounds and stories from holiday bell ringers

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s nearly impossible to go shopping without finding  or hearing a Salvation Army bell ringer along the way. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo has more on some of the stories behind these people and their motivation to keep ringing. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StevenGallobellringers.mp3]

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Kids raise money- one pedal at a time

Children from Santa Fe’s Little School spent this morning raising money for sick children. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, the children had fun while raising the money, all through the power of some three-wheeled bikes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fundraiserFPtrikeathon.mp3]

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Coat drive helps children in Gainesville

The Gainesville Woman’s Club has partnered with Stein Mart and local schools to provide winter coats to children whose families cannot afford them.  During the drive, which lasts until December 19th, people can drop off new or gently-used coats during normal Stein Mart business hours, and the club will make …

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“Occupy Tummies”- are you in the “percent” that knows?

There’s a group taking over the Reitz union today, but WUFT-FM’s Lauren Lettelier says this is an “Occupy” of a different color. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/LETTELIERVOICER.mp3] In depth story:  By Meredith Chipman – WUFT-FM A new occupy movement has changed its focus away from Wall Street. Occupy Tummies is working to solve issues of food …

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Homeless aid focus shifts from one holiday to the next

Now that Thanksgiving is over, a Gainesville homeless shelter and soup kitchen is stepping up preparations for the next holiday.  WUFT-FM’s Carolyn Brewster says St. Francis House sees more need in the cold Christmas season than almost any other time of year. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/StFrancisHolidayWRAP.mp3]

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Donation drive hopes to top last year’s 500 item collection

The Marion County Fire Rescue is holding its annual Holiday Helpers donation drive. Rescue members will be collecting non-perishable food items, unwrapped toys, jackets, and other warm clothing for children from infants to teenagers. Marion County Fire Rescue Public Education Specialist Peveeta Persaud says they expect an increased demand for …

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Remembering those with less during the holidays

For some Americans, unemployment and economic problems are casting a dark shadow over this Thanksgiving. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT F-M’s Laura Christmas reports the Gainesville community is doing what it can to help make the holidays a little brighter for those who have trouble making ends meet. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HomelessandHungryHolidayFeature.mp3]

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“Stuff the Bus” has pulled away, but the need remains

The annual “Stuff the Bus” drive has been extended this year.  WUFT-FM’s Leah Harding says hundreds of homeless students in Alachua county are looking for support. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/StuffTheBusHARDING.mp3] Anyone interested in donating to the continuing drive can contact “Stuff the Bus” committee member Marge Baker at 352-373-9198.

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