I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with nothing but love and joy. If you’re new to the area or alone, below are some great friend donation opportunities so you can enjoy a new tradition. If you travel be careful as others make their holiday commutes. Before you do whatever you plan to do, read up on everything below, including:
- Volunteers at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
- Thanksgiving dinner and game night
- Holiday events and displays are returning
But first today’s weather:
Partly sunny and pleasant. High: 62 Low: 49.
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Here are the top five stories in Raleigh today:
- Hailey Brooks’ family issued a statement Tuesday. Hailey Brooks was tragically killed during the Raleigh Christmas Parade. The family statement said: “Hailey’s tragic death has left our family heartbroken and in shock. She had a kind and humble heart that was always focused on taking care of the needs of those around her. … We really appreciate the love and support the community has shown us and we plan to share more about Hailey’s special life soon. At this time, we ask the media to respect our family’s need for privacy as we mourn the loss of our dear Hailey.” (WRAL)
- Before Thanksgiving, many gathered to help the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina ship turkeys to needy families across the state. Among the volunteers was Governor Roy Cooper. “Many families … are making a choice between buying gas for the car and buying enough groceries around the house,” Cooper said. This year, turkey prices are up nearly 20% and about 12% of North Carolinians are food insecure. (abc11)
- A Raleigh family is looking for the ultimate gift this season as their 4-month-old baby needs a living organ donor. Lindsey Westendorf and Greg Baker’s son, Corbin, has a rare liver disease that led to liver failure. In addition to the condition that caused the liver failure, Corbin also battles a second genetic deficiency, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which increases the risk of liver disease. The family is asking anyone who might be able to donate [email protected] (CBS17) at
- According to an analysis of incident reports, car thefts in Raleigh have increased over the past five years. Between January 1st and November 15th this year, car thefts increased by almost 58% compared to the same period in 2018. The population has grown, but reported increases in car theft have outpaced growth. According to experts, the stolen car trend indicates a blind spot in the perception of crime, as violent crime attracts more attention but property crime is becoming more common every day. The shortage of police officers likely plays a role in the rise in crime. (WRAL)
- Triangle malls are already planning to increase security for the Black Friday shopping rush. Crabtree Valley Mall says it routinely increases its security presence on busy shopping days. Last year there was a shooting on the streets of Southpoint that injured six people, this year they have taken increased security measures. (abc11)
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Today in Raleigh: For previous recurring events, check with venues to see if they are still running on the holiday. I only included events that specifically say they take place on Thanksgiving.
Friday in Raleigh:
- Day after Thanksgiving Run at Sertoma Arts Center (9:00 a.m.) & Post Turkey Trek at Raleigh Brewing Co. (11:00 a.m.)
- Black Friday Brunch at STIR Raleigh (10:00am)
- England vs USA The World Cup at My Way Tavern (2pm)
- The Dessertery at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (selected times)
- Comedy Night at Nicklepoint Brewing Co. (8pm-9:30pm)
- Ground Zero 18+ Blackout Laser Tag (10:00pm – 11:30pm)
From my notebook:
- It is Thanksgiving and I hope you can step back and relax. If you’re looking for new traditions, Walter Magazine has compiled traditions from Raleigh residents that might be worth adopting.
- WRAL Night of Lights returns tomorrow and runs until 24.12.
- The Christmas Carousel Christmas Gift Market returns this weekend to the NC State Fairgrounds.
- The Raleigh Fire Department demonstrates the Dangers of improperly roasting a turkey. Make sure you follow all safety guidelines to avoid an unexpected fire. (City of Raleigh Facebook)
- GoTriangle has no service on Thanksgiving and operates on a Sunday service schedule for Black Friday. (GoTriangle Facebook)
Now you’re on the ball and ready to get this Thursday off to a good start! Up soon.
— CJ Fullford
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