Police officers play Santa

Who says police officers don’t have a heart? The two Milwaukee Police officers mentioned in this article demonstrate that even the police care. While responding to a call regarding a woman with a drug overdose, the officers found her daughter as well, but noticed no gifts under the plastic tree and no food in the house. So they collected funds from their coworkers and did some quick shopping so the girl had presents and food.

This demonstrates that there are still many good people out there in many different professions, even those that have some of the most demanding, difficult jobs. I understand the stress that police officers encounter every day and the challenges that they are forced to face. But even in such a sad situation, it is refreshing to see the good come out. The holiday season seems to do that to people.

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Suburban teens bring holiday cheer to inner city youths

Given all of the bad things happening lately, it’s nice to know that there are still people in this world that have big hearts… especially when they’re teens. Students from Oconomowoc High School and Hartford High School collected all kinds of presents for students at Hopkins Street Elementary School in Milwaukee.

For many of us, it’s often hard for us to envision what it’s like to live without simple things like toothpaste or laundry soap. Yet many of the students at Hopkins Street Elementary live like that daily. To have strangers from 40 miles away come in and deliver not only toys but also necessities like mittens, hats, and soap is something of a Christmas miracle.

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Protect your ID while shopping

‘Tis the season for holiday-shopper predators to use any and all opportunities to steal your personal and financial information.

In a recent post, I commented on how one Wisconsin State Senator provided good information on using a budget, and I also noted the importance of protecting your identity. I recently visited the Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection’s Web site (OPP), which has a number of fact sheets available to the public.

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Safe and smart shopping

Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach was nice enough to post a list of suggestions to shop safely and smart this holiday season. He suggests taking some initiative to make it as stress-free as possible.

With so many cases of fraud and identity theft occurring, I would also like to encourage you to take your time and remain diligent while you shop. Know who you’re buying from, and make sure that they handle your credit and personal information with care and caution. Don’t forget to put your receipt and credit card in a safe place at the end of the transaction. Lock your items in your trunk, and lock your car. Don’t give would-be thieves an incentive to rip you off.

Senator Erpenbach post: Safe and Smart Shopping This Holiday Season: Use the Resources Available

NBC releases New Orleans “O Holy Night”

I enjoy watching NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It’s fairly witty, and the acting and writing are quite good. I was watching the Christmas episode last week when they had a group of New Orleans musicians play “O Holy Night.” It was quite moving. So it turns out that NBC has released the song on its Web site as a free download. See my link to it below.

Studio 60 – O Holy Night

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