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Show your Spirit of Giving "LIVE" today

December 4, 2012 2:28:01 PM PST
ABC7 invites you to drop off food items at a number of Dominick's locations as part of our Spirit of Giving "LIVE" day.

ABC7's Judy Hsu, Hosea Sanders, Tracy Butler, Roz Varon, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini will be live at various communities in Chicago and suburbs to rally support for food donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

7 Ways to Give

Dominick's Finer Foods and ABC 7 Chicago are teaming up for the 14th consecutive year to help fight hunger in Chicago during the Spirit of Giving Food Drive, which runs through January 2, 2013. On Tuesday, December 4, ABC 7 News anchors and Windy City LIVE hosts will be live at various Chicago and suburban locations to encourage Chicagoans to think big when it comes to donating food for those in need. The Spirit of Giving Food Drive will be showcased on ABC 7 newscasts throughout the day at 5am, 6am, 11am, 4 pm, 5pm, 6pm and on Windy City LIVE at 9 am on the 4th. All food drive donations will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Joining in the good cheer and bolstering enthusiasm for food donations will be the York Community High School Marching Band, the Little Black Pearl Choir, and the perennially favorite "Bah! Humbug," Mr. Scrooge, from the Goodman Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. And at York Community High School, residents will be asked to "stuff a truck" with food!

Where ABC7 will be on Spirit of Giving TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4:


DOMINICK'S 2550 N. Clybourn Avenue

With: Tracy Butler, ABC 7 Meteorologist; Kate Maehr, Executive Director, Greater Chicago Food Depository; Pete Schaefer, President & CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank and "Mr. Scrooge" from the Goodman Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol;" and the Vandercook College of Music Choir.

LITTLE BLACK PEARL ART AND DESIGN CENTER, 1060 E. 47th Street ?which provides meals for children in after-school programs.

With: Windy City LIVE host Val Warner
Little Black Pearl Choir
Monica Haslip, - Executive Director, Little Black Pearl


Hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner will talk to Hosea Sanders, live from Little Black Pearl and Tracy Butler, live from Dominick's on Clybourn about food drive efforts.


DOMINICK'S 1900 South Cumberland, Park Ridge
With: Anchor Judy Hsu and meteorologist Tracy Butler
Bob Dolgan, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Communications Director; The Grinch from Broadway in Chicago's "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical."

York Community High School ? 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst
With: Traffic Anchor, Roz Varon; Robert Wagner, Assistant Principal, York Community High School; York Community High School Marching Band and a on-location truck for residents to fill with food.

With: Anchor Hosea Sanders and Host Ryan Chiaverini; Monica Haslip and students from Little Black Pearl.

ABC 7 NEWS AT 4, 5, & 6 PM

Dominick's 42 E. Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove
With: Tracy Butler, Lauri Sanders, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations; Pete Schaefer, President and General Manager, Northern Illinois Food Bank, students from Downers Grove Christian School.

York Community High School
With: Roz Varon; Robert Wagner, York Community High School Assistant Principal

Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center
With: Hosea Sanders, Bob Dolgan, Greater Chicago Food Depository; Monica Haslip, Executive Director, Little Black Pearl;
Students paint, dance and in recording studio.

7 Ways to Give

This year, ABC 7 and Dominick's are asking Chicagoans to join in the fight to diminish hunger in our community by choosing one of the "7 Ways to Give". ABC 7 is donating $10,000 to the food drive for viewers who have liked the station Facebook page or followed ABC 7 Chicago on Twitter.
Here are the "7 Ways to Give":
1. Fill it: Fill the bins at your local Dominick's with non-perishable items.
2. Like it: "Like" ABC 7 Chicago on Facebook
3. Scan it: Purchase food dollars at the Dominick's checkout
4. Tweet it: Follow ABC 7 Chicago on Twitter
5. Buy it: Buy pre-packaged "Help Us End Hunger" bags at your local Dominick's.
6. Click it: Donate online at abc7chicago.com.
7. Text it: Text your donation of $10.00 beginning December 4.
TEXT: "NEED" TO 91011

During this effort to fight hunger in the Chicago area, individuals can drop off non-perishable food items at the ABC 7 Chicago lobby, at 190 N. State Street, or at any local Dominick's location or by making a donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank through Food Dollars, available at the check-out counters of any Chicagoland Dominick's store in $1, $2 and $5 denominations. A complete listing of Dominick's stores can be found at www.dominicks.com.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution center that provides food to more than 142,000 people each week through a network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. For more information, visit www.chicagosfoodbank.org.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that distributes nutritious food to all those in need through its network of 665 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth sites in 13 counties. The Food Bank helps more than 61,600 people each week. For more information visit www.northernilfoodbank.org.

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