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Strangers help single mom in need of new tires

Nobody wants to drop hundreds of dollars on new tires, especially when money is already tight, so a Marysville business went the extra mile for a single mom who was caught in a jam.Most customers at the Marysville Firestone are in and out in about a half-hour, but some others leave a lasting impression.

“She looked like she had a lot on her plate,” manager Jerry McArthur said of one of those customers.Jerry has changed a lot of tires, but not many like Hailley Thome’s.

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“They were terrible. They were terrible. One of them had steel cord showing through it. Two of them were just beyond bald,” Jerry said.

“I could only go, like, 40 miles an hour to, like, 62,” Hailley told us.

Hailley needed four new tires -- immediately. The only problem was:

“I work six days a week, bring the girls about three days. That’s what? Seventy-two hours?Single mom,” Hailley said.

With twin 1-year-old girls, Hailley could not swing a $400 tire bill.

“What?

No!” Hailley remembered thinking.

“’Well, that sucks. I can probably do two but I can’t do the other two right now. It’s just going to have to wait,’” she told Jerry.

But without hesitation, he told her the store would cover the cost of the other two tires.

Hailley was floored, but there’s more.

“Then they called my name to give me the keys and I asked, ‘All right, how much do I owe you?’” Hailley said.

Jerry, who is the father of two little girls himself, said four words that made a lasting impression on Hailley.

“You owe me nothing,” Hailey said, repeating Jerry's words to her.

“She didn’t come in asking for it or expecting to get a free set of tires, so she was just very thankful,” Jerry said.

Both of them called it an early Christmas gift.

 

Scientists create Thanksgiving dinner for astronauts in space

Even astronauts in space want to celebrate Thanksgiving, so scientists at the Space Food Research Facility at Texas A&M University have found a way to make it easier — and more authentic.

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ABC News reports the team created holiday-themed items such as sliced turkey, candied yams and apricot cobbler for astronauts. Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, a retired NASA astronaut and professor at A&M’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, said that the food is distributed in a pouch, but still contains that traditional taste.

"For many of them [in space], this is kind of a way to connect back to Earth as well," she told ABC News. "Meal times, whether you're in space, whether you're exploring or traveling, a special occasion like this takes on a great deal of psychological importance as well — it's a time of rest, relaxation and camaraderie. So, it was fun to taste all of these Thanksgiving dishes."

What's more, Mission Control promises to beam up some live NFL games, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough said, according to The Associated Press.

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As to the food, Dunbar said she has taken 50 trips to space and is used to a blander food offering.

"Food was there for nutrition, but it was most often out of tubes and wasn't always that tasty," she told ABC News. "It's not just about the preservation of the food; now the taste is really extraordinary. The shrimp tastes just like shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce, you couldn't tell the difference."

ABC News reports the astronauts generally taste the food and pick which pouches they want to bring up with them. Dunbar said for Thanksgiving this year, many of the astronauts will be enjoying sweet potato, corn and turkey.

Read more at ABC News.

Patagonia to donate 100 percent of Black Friday revenue

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia is pledging to donate 100 percent of its sales revenue on Black Friday.  

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The company said all in-store and online sales will go toward "grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations."

The company said in a statement that "during a difficult and divisive time," it believes giving back is "more important now than ever."

Patagonia will also offer information in its retail stores and online about how to get involved with the organizations that are receiving the funds.

"The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, of every demographic, in every part of the country," CEO Rose Marcario wrote in the statement. "We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment -- and our children and grandchildren do, too. By getting active in communities, we can effect local change to protect the food we and our children eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the treasured places we love the most." 

Patagonia donates one percent of all sales revenue to fund grassroots environmental organizations every day.

Read Patagonia's official news release here.

What is Friendsgiving?

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, many people are saying they're attending a Friendsgiving.

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 The term isn't new, but many people still don't know what it is.

While most people usually spend Thanksgiving with their families, Friendsgiving gives a name to celebrations of friendship. Friendsgiving is a time for friends to come together, share a meal and give thanks. It has become a common gathering during the holiday season for young adults across the country.

One New York woman called the celebration "a millennial-driven interpretation of Thanksgiving."

A lot of millennials are unmarried and living away from their families in different cities. Friends in their communities often serve as a main support system and act as a family away from home.

Friendsgiving, which is not a substitute for Thanksgiving, is usually celebrated before Thanksgiving Day, so as not to conflict with family get-togethers on the official holiday. People involved in a Friendsgiving event usually bring a food item or drink in a potluck-style celebration. 

Jon Voight buys Thanksgiving turkeys for stranger, helps feed at-risk youth

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight was waiting in the checkout line at a Kentucky Wal-Mart when he noticed a stranger purchasing six Thanksgiving turkeys.

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The stranger, Sydney Gholston, who works at Louisville's Home of the Innocents, a non-profit focused on helping kids in crisis, told ABC News about the encounter.

"The man behind me said, 'You must have a big family. That's an awful lot of turkeys,'" Gholston told ABC. 

Gholston explained that the turkeys were meant for a Thanksgiving celebration for at-risk children at the Home of the Innocents, and told Voight that he looked "a lot like Angelina Jolie's dad." 

After joking with Gholston for a bit, Voight offered to buy all of the turkeys.

Home of the Innocents provides care to medically-fragile children and children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

Gholston told ABC News the turkeys will feed about 70 children during the their Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday.

According to the organization, Voight was in Kentucky to film a movie.

The group shared the act of kindness on their Facebook page:

Our employee Sydney Gholston went to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for our kids today. What a treat when she ran into...Posted by Home of the Innocents on Friday, November 18, 2016

AAA predicts busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007

If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, plan ahead.

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AAA estimates 49 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this holiday. That’s one million more people than traveled last year.

AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said an improving economy and low gas prices are main factors for the surge in travelers. Nearly 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers will be on the roads.

“Those numbers are the highest we've seen since 2007,” Johnson said. “We really feel like people are taking advantage of the lower gas prices and driving this year.”

Johnson estimates that lower gas prices have saved American’s $28 billion dollars over the last year.

The driving group says some of the most popular destinations include Las Vegas, New York City, Orlando and Seattle.

AAA’s Leisure Travel Index projects airfares will increase 21 percent this Thanksgiving, with round-trip flights for the top 40 domestic routes averaging $205. Daily rental car averages lowered 13 percent to $52.

The driving membership group is planning to help 370,000 stranded drivers. The most common cause for calls will be blown tires, batteries needing to be charged and drivers locking themselves out of their cars.

AAA defines the Thanksgiving travel period as Wednesday through Sunday.

Heinz gravy recalled days before Thanksgiving

Cooks who were banking on jarred gravy for Thanksgiving may want to do a quick check of the pantry.

Heinz has recalled about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because they may have been mislabeled as pork gravy, the FDA and Heinz announced.

The mislabeling will omit that the jars contain milk and soy, ingredients that could put people with an allergy or sensitivity to milk or soy at risk.

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There have been no complaints or illness reported as of yet.

Consumers should look for 12 oz. jars labeled Heinz HomeStyle Gravy Pork with best by date of Dec. 28, 2017 and a manufacturing code of MU6F04 4Q and a time stamp following the code. The jar's UPC would be 013000798907. 

For retailers, the box would be labeled Heinz HomeStyle Gravy Bistro Au Jus with case best by date of Dec. 28, 2017 and the code MU6F04. The case UPC is 10013000798508.

The gravy should be returned to the store where purchased for an exchange or refund. 

Consumers can call 1-866-572-3808 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Half-blind turkey rescued from streets, dinner table in time for Thanksgiving

While families across the country prepare to celebrate food and family on Thanksgiving, one turkey can be grateful for avoiding the dining table.

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Leon the turkey was found wandering the streets of Oxnard, California. After a brief stint at an animal shelter, he was brought earlier this month to the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in northern California. Under the care of the sanctuary, he's expected to live out the rest of his days as a pet.

"He won't be Thanksgiving dinner, he'll just be loved," a sanctuary employee said in a video posted on Facebook on Nov. 2, in which the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary welcomes Leon.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Please welcome Leon who is blind in one eye to the sanctuary. A giant thank you to Farm Sanctuary for transporting our Thanksgiving survivor to us from Ventura County! #newarrivalPosted by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sanctuary employees have learned since his debut that Leon, who is blind in one eye, likes to be carried, petted and kissed, according to KXTV. He even likes to have his belly rubbed.

"He just took to people immediately," sanctuary manager Christine Morrissey told the news station.

And people have taken to him as well.

"Everybody is just swooning over him," Morrissey told ABC News. "He has just captured our hearts in the short time he's been with us at the sanctuary. We are so privileged and happy to save his life where so many other turkeys, especially in the month of November, are slaughtered for food."

Sanctuary employees told ABC News that little is known about Leon's life before his rescue. It wasn't clear whether he was abandoned or a runaway, although Morrissey told the news station that he seems too friendly to be a stray.

"He has been a lovebug since the point of being rescued," she said. "His personality has been very sweet and he has gotten more and more interested in being our companion in the sanctuary."

Amazon brings religions together with holiday ad

Amazon is trying to bring a little peace to the holiday season in its newest holiday advertisement.

In the commercial, a priest and an imam seem to be life-long friends. As they part ways for the day, they hug and the imam leaves. The two friends then do the same thing, log on to Amazon to shop.

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Days later, each of the men receive the iconic Amazon box with the smile on the end. They find out that they each bought the other the same gift - knee braces.

After the gift, both men are able to kneel in prayer without the pains of age.

Watch the entire advertisement below:

The ad, which some take as a refutation of the past election year, is being called exactly what was needed after the hate and rhetoric spewed during the presidential campaign.

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