Miami, Florida... This year's Neighbors 4 Neighbors holiday special, "Neighbors 4 Neighbors: Helping Feels Good" looks back on the stories that touched our community by imparting an emotional impact. Airing on CBS4 on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5:30 PM and repeating on CBS4 on Saturday, November 27 at 10 AM and TV33 on Sunday, November 28 at 10:30 AM, the half hour special spotlights the way in which CBS4's Neighbors 4 Neighbors has helped connect those in need with those who can help, just as they have for nearly 18 years since Neighbors was founded in August 1992.
The special, anchored by CBS4 Anchor Shannon Hori with contributions from reporters Jawan Strader, Tiffani Helberg, Al Sunshine and Nicole Maristany, will showcase the way in which CBS4 viewers have responded to requests from Neighbors 4 Neighbors and have made a difference in the life of the less fortunate in our community. The stories include:
The Smith Family - This story illustrates how the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Family Fund helps local families in crisis. A special delivery and donations to the Family Fund from the community helped turn a family from Homestead's house into a real home.
Money Watch Phone Banks - Every Monday, CBS4' Investigative Reporter Al Sunshine teams up with Neighbors 4 Neighbors for a phone bank to tackle tough topics like foreclosure prevention, financial planning, and how to find a job. Neighbors provides resources and experts to take viewers phone calls and provide answers.
Christine Kent -Christine Kent survived a violent attack from a stalker that impacted her life forever. Neighbors 4 Neighbors stepped in with a donation and a delivery that's made a big impact in her everyday life.
Kindness Cards - This Summer, Neighbors 4 Neighbors and CBS4 teamed up with BankAtlantic and the local libraries' Summer Reading Program for a Kindness Card Contest, encouraging young artists to draw images of kindness in hopes of making kindness contagious.
Food 4 South Florida - This annual campaign helps Neighbors connect local businesses, schools, groups and organizations to many community causes. The annual Food 4 South Florida food drive partners companies and classrooms with local food banks. The thousands of pounds of non-perishable food collected helped stock the shelves during some of the leanest times of the year.
Adopt a Family - Through the Adopt A Family 4 The Holidays program, families and businesses can support families in need with both food and finances. Last year alone, more than 2,300 families in South Florida had a happier holiday, thanks to the program.
Francisca's Second Chance - It's been 18 years since Neighbors 4 Neighbors began connecting those in need with those who can help - and from time to time Neighbors will check in on those who have been helped along the way. This particular update that has been more than a decade in the making.
Special delivery - Neighbors 4 Neighbors helped one local music teacher keep up with the beat of his own drum -this is the story behind this special drum delivery.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors is a non-profit organization founded by WFOR-TV CBS4 in 1992 to support victims of Hurricane Andrew. Underwritten by BankAtlantic and the Herbert Hoover Foundation, Neighbors has continued to expand its work to assist individuals and families in need throughout South Florida. CBS4 and its sister station, WBFS, TV33 provide support to Neighbor 4 Neighbors with on-air announcements and news coverage. For more information on Neighbors 4 Neighbors, go to http://neighbors4neighbors.org
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