Leading Off (12/12/12)

It’s 12/12/12. The last of these dates will get as much attention as the others–with kids celebrating their 12th birthdays, one mother planning on being induced, and weddings galore.

2,859 Salvation Army Angels’ Gifts Missing. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Salvation Army was waiting on 2,859 gifts for its Angel Tree project. Listen, if you took an angel, that means you made the obligation to buy and return the gifts. If you don’t follow through, that makes you a scrooge. Don’t be a scrooge. Buy and return the gifts.

More Details Emerge Regarding Jerry Brown’s Death. Yesterday, Tim told you about a witness who says Jerry Brown Jr. was conscious after his car, driven by Cowboys lineman Josh Brent, wrecked. The claim was dismissed by Brent’s attorney. Another witness has come forward saying the same thing: “I heard him moaning.” But this witness refutes some of the things stated by the previous witness, mainly that Brent was reluctant to help his friend, whose funeral he attended yesterday.

Plano Officer Gives More Than a Citation. Hayden Carlo has had some hard times. Any extra cash he gets goes to feeding his wife and two kids. When he was pulled over by an officer for an expired registration, he told the officer he had no excuse for not updating his registration, except that he doesn’t have the money. He got a citation. Inside it, there was a $100 bill.


  • Dubious Brother

    I guess this means that Plano is the exact opposite of Chicago.

    • BeccaLyn

      I’m confused…how is Plano the exact opposite of Chicago? Because the Plano office is discreet? Just last week two offices in Chi started a campaign to get gifts for a brother and sister in a child abuse case.

  • Tim Rogers

    What the hell? That last story made it get dusty in here. Ridiculous.

  • DGirl

    I didn’t take a Salvation Army Angel but I did buy gifts for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program which was much smaller in scale. I can imagine the SA program being tough to follow up on. Here’s my question – if you did not take a SA Angel but want to donate a toy or clothes or something to cover what might be missing from the unreturned Angels, how can we do that? Where can we drop off and what are the gift requirements – wrapped, unwrapped, what gender and age group has the most need, etc.

    • billholston

      big ups to PEP, which is a program I heard about through Mike Orren, who is really involved. Jeremy Gregg spoke at TEDX about them as well.

      we here at HRI had a holiday wish program for our Women and Children survivors of domestic abuse. It was the most successful yet. Our office is filled with gifts, really and encouraging thing to see. We had one mom tearfully tell us, she was thankful her kids were going to get something now. And Tim, you are right that’s a great story about the cop. I had an asylum client from an African Country out one night a few years back, a cop stopped him and heard his story, reached into his wallet and gave him some money. the client had nothing, and it made a difference to him. He’d escaped a torture chamber. This is a good time to reflect on how many small things people are doing all the time. thanks for this Leading off.

    • Knightengale

      DGirl, I’ve got a call in and will let you know as soon as I find out. Thank you for asking! And I agree, PEP is a great program.

  • AmyS

    Just goes to show we all have the power to drop a raspberry on it. 100 points for this one.

  • jmckee

    Turn in the gifts to the angels you have already committed to and then next year find an organization that doesn’t openly discriminate against gay people.

    Also you may be surprised to find out that the Salvation Army isn’t a charity, they are a creepy cult like church with rules like it’s “officers” can only marry other “officers”. The whole “Army” part of their name is quite literal, the are a church run like a military organization.

  • Scrooge

    You killed it.

  • Knightengale

    Being short on gifts isn’t a rarity for the Angel Tree program. So the Salvation Army does have a plan in place. They have a warehouse of toys that they will go “shop” in once they know which angels weren’t returned. Cynthia Olson with Salvation Army said the thing that’s most helpful is money so that those toys can be replenished. (She said angels’ gifts will still be returned in January and February.)
    Another way to help is with a Christmas Eve dinner they’ve planned in Pleasant Grove. They’re good with food for the dinner, but they would love to be able to send food home with the 250 families who have been invited.
    If you would like to help with either of these efforts, contact Olson: [email protected].