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Giving Tuesday offers a chance to pay it forward

You’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now how about a day to really get in the holiday spirit?

In this case, the spirit of giving. During Giving Tuesday, the consumer focus will shift from shopping to charity.

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This is the fourth year for Giving Tuesday, a global philanthropic campaign to inspire people to donate to charities close to home and around the world. It’s also an unofficial kickoff to the charitable giving season when many people focus on end-of-the-year giving.

It’s also become a social media campaign, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. It’s not just about giving but service and volunteering as well.

Giving Tuesday was created by 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City that raising awareness around the concept of service and giving back, whether money or time. Last year, more than an estimated $46 million was raised for charities worldwide.

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Video shows ransacked Nike store on Black Friday

Black Friday can be an exciting time for consumers hoping to take advantage of great deals, but it can also be an intimidating day for those who work in retail.

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The Seattle Premium Outlets were packed with shoppers on Black Friday, but the Nike factory store in Tulaip, Washington, wasn't prepared for the mayhem that took place. 

On a typical day, this is what the store looks like:

A photo posted by Northwest Kicks (@northwest.kicks) on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:59am PST

But after Black Friday, when shoppers ransacked the store while trying on shoes and snagging deals, the store looked much different.

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Customer Larry Downer, of Seattle, recorded video of the mayhem.

"The wake of consumerism at the Nike Factory Store is savage," Downer wrote on Facebook on Friday. "Found ... some basketball shoes, saved a lady from drowning in a sea of orange boxes and sprained my neck from shaking my head so much. Yikes."

The wake of consumerism at the #Nike Factory Store is savage.  Found Davis some basketball shoes, saved a lady from...Posted by Larry Downer on Friday, November 25, 2016

Downer told BuzzFeed News that he went to the store to buy basketball sneakers for his son.

"I thought there was an earthquake that happened," he said. "It was unreal ... People were just kicking stuff out of the way."

A store employee told Buzzfeed the scene was "Jurassic Park crazy" and said that nearly 20,000 people visited the store Thursday night for Black Friday deals.

Florida boy calls 911, invites deputies to Thanksgiving dinner

A boy named Billy from Walton County, Florida, called 911 to invite deputies to Thanksgiving dinner – and put a smile on everyone’s faces as a result.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, while it doesn't encourage this use of 911 in the future, was pleased to take Billy's call.

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“With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis, this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile,” Lead Communications Officer Monica Webster said.

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Billy got a visit from deputies Damon Byrd and Aaron Etheridge, a cool picture behind the wheel of a police car and a sheriff’s badge.Read more here.

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BOY CALLS 911 TO INVITE WCSO FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER A little boy melted all the hearts in Walton County Sheriff's...Posted by Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. on Thursday, November 24, 2016

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While some celebrate Black Friday, others recognize Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. 

But some people intentionally avoid the sales for a specific reason. 

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Some consumers have dubbed the day after Thanksgiving "Buy Nothing Day." 

According to Adbusters, an anti-consumerism magazine, the day has been acknowledged since the 1990s and is observed in an effort to protest consumerism. 

The group encourages people to "keep in mind that an object will never make you happy" and to "take a stand against corporate domination" by not shopping and "rediscovering what it means to live freely."

"Buy Nothing Day isn't just about changing your habits for one day. It is about rediscovering what it means to live freely," Adbusters says. "Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016, for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination."

The organization encouraged people to organize credit card cut ups and "zombie walks" through local malls.

Some people took to Twitter saying Black Friday is an ironic and commercialized day when people buy things they don't need after celebrating the things they're thankful for.

Hillary Clinton spotted Thanksgiving shopping in New York

Zuri Davis contributed to this report.

Millions of people sat down with their families Thursday to enjoy Thanksgiving meals with their families, and Hillary Clinton was no exception. 

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The former Democratic presidential nominee, her husband and former president Bill, daughter Chelsea, and grandson, Aiden, were spotted inside of the Chappaqua Village Market on Wednesday afternoon. 

Hillary Clinton posed for some pictures with her fellow shoppers, who didn't expect to see the familiar face while gathering last minute holiday items.

Me and my girl A photo posted by Isaiah Jack Frankel (@isaiah_frankel) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:02pm PST

"They were so relaxed and shopping for Thanksgiving dinner at the local village market," Brittany Valente, 25, told NBC News. "They were so nice talking to everyone, wishing them happy holidays and at one point, Hillary said, 'We must stay strong together no matter what. Thank you for your support.'"

Valente, who said she has seen the Clintons around town before, said running into the family is always special.

"She was very happy, relaxed-looking," Linda Bosco, who also snapped a photo with the former presidential candidate, told The Telegraph. "She was with Bill, Chelsea, Marc, and her two grandchildren. The store was crowded with people picking up their Thanksgiving orders. She was very cordial, talking to people and taking a few photos, but was concentrating on her grandchildren as the store got more crowded."

Grocery store owner Vinny Milazzo said that the Clintons have been regulars since 1998.

Dear Hillary, Thank you for everything you do and have done for this country and the world. You are an idol and inspiration to all young woman and I aspire to have your tenacity and strength. I hope you got your eggs. Love, Arielle A photo posted by Arielle Smith (@arielle_smith) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:27pm PST

Ivanka Trump shares family photos on Thanksgiving

Nicole Moschella contributed to this report.

The daughter of President-elect Donald Trump shared a few photos of her family on Thanksgiving Thursday.  

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Ivanka Trump took to Instagram to post a photo with husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children: Arabella Rose Kushner, Joseph Frederick Kushner and Theodore James Kushner. The children range in age from 8 months old to 5 years old. 

"I feel incredibly blessed and thankful on this Thanksgiving day," Ivanka wrote. 

I feel incredibly blessed and thankful on this #Thanksgiving day. Wishing you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving! A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 24, 2016 at 1:26pm PST

She also posted a picture of Kushner watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with 3-year-old Joseph. 

Watching the parade. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!  #thanksgiving #happythanksgiving #macys #macysthanksgivingdayparade A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 24, 2016 at 6:35am PST

Two other recent photos posted to Ivanka's Instagram show Joseph and Arabella volunteering in their communities. 

Ivanka wrote that the family served pre-Thanksgiving meals to the homeless ahead of the holiday, and she posted a photo of Arabella raking leaves in Central Park last week as a part of her school's "Keeping it Green" field trip initiative.

Thank you Project Ore / UJA  for allowing Joseph, Arabella and me to volunteer with you today and serve pre-Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. Thank you for the great work that you do each and every day! #givethanks #thanksgiving A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 20, 2016 at 5:17pm PST

Loved being Arabella's kindergarten class parent chaperone on her school's "Keeping it Green" field trip to Central Park last week! A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:01pm PST

Thanksgiving 2016: Here are some recipes for those Thanksgiving leftovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you’re stuff with stuffing, full of cranberries and up to there with turkey.

So, what’s for lunch?

When you’ve made a meal that could feed a football team, you’re bound to have a few leftovers. What can you do with all that food – repurpose, that’s what.

Here are a few recipes to help you with those turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes leftovers.

Thanksgiving dinner sandwich

Ingredients

4 slices bread, toasted

4 ounces (about 4 small slices) warmed leftover turkey

1 cup warmed leftover mashed potatoes

½ cup warmed leftover turkey gravy 

1 cup warmed leftover green beans

1 cup warmed leftover stuffing

¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

 Directions

Layer 2 bread slices with the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and stuffing.  Top with the cranberry sauce and the remaining bread slices.

Thanksgiving leftovers casserole

Ingredients

Stuffing – enough  to cover bottom of 9x13 pan

4 cups chopped leftover roasted turkey

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp. paprika

Directions

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Prepare stuffing as directed on package; spread onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Combine turkey, mixed vegetables and mayo; spoon over stuffing.

Mix potatoes and cheese; spread over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 30 to 40 min. or until heated through. 

Cajun-style red beans and rice with turkey

Ingredients

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped green bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans (15 ounces each) mild red beans in chili sauce, undrained

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Cook rice according to package directions.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in beans, cumin, salt and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in turkey; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Add parsley to rice; mix lightly. Spoon onto serving platter; top with the bean mixture.

Bacon wrapped stuffing bites

Ingredients

1 (6.5 ounce) packet cornbread stuffing mix

1 large egg

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup chopped white onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 apple chopped

1 cup chopped pecans

2 Italian sausage links, casings removed and torn into chunks

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon lemon zest

15 slices bacon, cut in half

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the stuffing mix, egg and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add the onion, garlic, parsley, apple and pecans. Mix to combine.  

Add the torn sausage, curry powder and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

Arrange the bacon strips on a baking sheet. Take a small mound of stuffing and form a little log, or finger. Place the mound in the center of each bacon strip. Wrap the bacon around the stuffing.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and stuffing is browned and cooked through.

Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes

Ingredients

3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped scallions, green and white parts

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

Sour cream, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and 3 tablespoons flour until combined. (See Kelly's Notes.) Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1/2-inch-thick.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.

Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan.)

Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan as needed between batches. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won't develop a crisp crust.) Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt.

Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnished with additional chopped scallions.

Donald Trump selling $149 Christmas ornaments

Jennifer Brett contributed to this report.

 A new ornament being sold on Donald Trump's official campaign page promises to "make any tree stand out."

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The ornament recreates the red baseball cap that was made during Trump's campaign with the slogan "Make America Great Again."

According to the item description, the ornament is made of brass and finished in 24 karat gold.

More than 3,000 Amazon users reviewed the item on the commerce website, with most poking fun at ornament and awarding it one out of five stars. 

See the item on DonaldJTrump.com.

10 things to do if you are alone on Thanksgiving

While most people prefer to spend the holidays surrounded by friends and family, sometimes work, distance and other commitments keep loved ones from being able to reunite during the holiday season.

Other people would simply rather spend time in solitude and take advantage of holiday vacations as a time to relax and recharge.

In any case, here are some tips for those who will be spending Thanksgiving alone: 

1. Don't get caught up in Hallmark expectations

The mental image that many people have of the perfect family holiday is often just that: an image. There can be so much expectation about the season being just right that it brings up all sorts of stress. Make it right for you. You don't have to answer to anyone else.

2. Pick up the phone

If you feel the need for company, call some friends and see if they'd mind having an extra guest. Offer to bring a dish or see how you can contribute.

It can be tough to invite yourself, but most people love opening their homes and expanding the celebration. 

3. Be proactive

Call your friends, find your people and create your own gathering. One potluck feast and a few good friends can be much more fun than an awkward family gathering.

Remember that you are not alone in being alone during the holidays. Get together with others and have some fun.

4. Explore

With most people stuck at home or in front of the TV, Thanksgiving can be a great time to explore without crowds around. Go on a hike or go to the movies or a park. Fly a kite. Walk on the beach. Enjoy the day.

5. Take on a project

Thanksgiving is a holiday, but it's also the start of what could be an easy four-day weekend you could use to take on one of those house projects that you've been meaning to do. Stock up on materials early in the week before the Black Friday crowds hit and spend the weekend building a new bookshelf or repainting a guest room.

6. Help others

Volunteering at a mission or shelter for the homeless can help you feel connected to others and avoid a feeling of isolation. It makes it a little more fulfilling if you participate in activities with the organization at other times of the year as well, but making connections can start on any day.

7. Travel

If you can afford it, get away for a few days. Go skiing or take a tropical holiday. This is a great time to get deals to vacation spots while most people are traveling to be with family. Singles groups often have tour groups during the holidays. New input can help distract you from holiday blues.

8. Reach out

If you can't be with family or loved ones during this time of the year, send them letters or emails or call them. Just reach out to them.

But make sure the calls are a nice diversion for the day, not the centerpiece of it. You should enjoy the moments of contact, not dwell on the fact that you’re not with family and friends.

9. Pamper yourself

Plenty of spas are open during the holidays to help people deal with the season. Treat yourself to a spa day or a spa few days. Some spas offer themed weeks of relaxation based around the holidays.

If you'd prefer to stay closer to home, there's always the option to relax with a candlelight bubble bath followed by hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a movie.

10. Play

Have you been telling that yourself you'll start painting again or get back to the guitar? Now's your chance.

If you aren't normally artistically inclined, get an adult coloring book and a box of crayons. It's a simple place to start, and it's fun.

Apple joins in on Black Friday 2016 with deals on iPhone 7

In a move  that has surprised some, Apple has announced they will be offering Black Friday deals on its iPhone 7.

While Apple has not been one to go in for Black Friday gimmicks in the past, this year shoppers are likely to see bargains on a range of the company’s products. Apple announced on its website that for a limited time on Black Friday it would be offering deals on various Apple products.  

Retailers have some special deals on iPhone 7, in particular. At Target, you can buy an iPhone 7 with no money out-of-pocket when you activate the phone with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T installment or leasing plans.

Best BuyTarget, and Walmart are all offering up to $250 in gift cards when you purchase an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on an eligible device payment plan, according to Macrumors.com.  

T-Mobile is reviving its trade-in offer where you can trade in an older iPhone to get a free or discounted iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. According to the T-Mobile website, if you trade in an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Note 5, customers can get a 32GB iPhone 7 for free.

With the trade-in of those phones, a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus costs $100, with the exception of a Galaxy S7 Edge or an iPhone 7 Plus trade-in, which drops the price to zero. T-Mobile's Black Friday deals will start on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. (PT) – 3:01 a.m. (ET) – and will run through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (PT) – 2:59 a.m. (ET).

At Walmart, there are no discounts on iPhones, but you do get a $250 gift card with a purchase on an eligible iPhone. They are also offering the iPhoe 5s for $99,  but you must purchase a Straight Talk wireless plan to get that price.

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