Before you head out for Black Friday shopping and throw elbows in the toy store, you might want to make sure that toy isn't on the naughty list. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says it's examined 200 toys, looking for things that could pose a hazard to small children. P.I.R.G. found noise making toys that are too loud, some that contain too much lead, and others that had small parts that kids could choke on.
If you want a list of their most dangerous toys, click on this link for the complete list.
If you feel like you need a vacation from the holidays already, you're not alone. According to survey by "Think Finance," 45 percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas. They say the holiday brings too much financial pressure. The study focused on consumers who earn less than $50,000 a year and use either payday loans or prepaid debit cards.
Local charities preparing a Thanksgiving feast have extra guests this year. At St. Augustine's in Tremont, they started cooking turkeys in October to meet the growing need. They estimate they'll serve 17,000 dinners on Thursday. And they still need help. You can help out by driving meals to shut-in's and families who can't make it out to the church locations, or make a financial donation to help get them through the holiday season.