Good Day Alabama for December 20, 2010 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for December 20, 2010

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 20, 2010:

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with advice on donating to charities! Because of technology and the creativity of charities, there are many different ways that donors can give to a worthy cause. Whether you're giving money, canned goods, used items or your time, BBB Wise Giving Alliance reminds donors that how you give is just as important as what you give. Many organizations solicit for donations over the holidays including coats, toys, and canned goods. Whatever you're donating, make sure the items are of good condition and that the recipient charity is accepting such items to help further its cause. Many charities have had great success partnering with businesses who agree to donate some amount of the purchase price from sales of items to a worthy cause. This type of cause-related marketing means that you can help while you shop. Giving online with a credit or debit card is among the most efficient ways to support a charity. Before you enter in your numbers, give the website a thorough review and look for the organization's privacy policy, and verify if the organization has appropriate security measures in place to protect such transactions. The option to give via text message took off in the wake of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. After texting a message to a number, the donation is tacked on to your cell phone bill.  While donating via text is fast and easy for the donor, the actual money can take months to reach the charity so consider donating directly to a charity through its website if there is an urgent need.  In today's tight economy, you may not have money, but you can always give a little bit of your time to help support a worthy cause. In addition to volunteering around the holidays, you can also be a vocal supporter of a charity and help raise awareness among friends and family and on your Facebook page or blog. To review charity evaluations and get more advice on how to give when times are tight, visit

BETH K - Celebrate! Don't Inebriate! There's nothing like a cup of good cheer for getting into that holiday mood. For many of us, enjoying the holidays also means enjoying the foods and drinks that embody the spirit of celebration. But here's the bummer: those drinks often pack a lot of calories and alcohol that can get us into trouble and take the fun out of the holidays. The trick is to enjoy your holiday beverages without suffering the ill effects. Here are a few sobering facts about the calories that some of these drinks pack:
     Eggnog with Rum (8 ounces): 370 calories
     Chocolate Liqueur (3 ounces): 380 calories
     Mulled Wine (5 ounces): 200 calories
     Spiced Cider with Rum (8 ounces): 150 calories
     Champagne (5 ounces): 150 calories
     Gin and Tonic (7 ounces): 190 calories

Where are all these calories coming from? Yes, some of it is the alcohol. But for many holiday drinks, the mixers are adding sugar and fat that jack up the calories. Here are some tips for keeping your beverage calories at bay and lowering your chances of having a hangover the next day: go for no calorie mixers alternate every alcoholic drink with a no-cal non-alcoholic drink, & some is good, too much is bad!  For more information, visit
FOOD DRIVE - Need knows no season. Our local food banks help feed many of our neighboring families who have been affected by these hard economic times. Please join Bruno's and Food World in collecting canned goods to stock your local food banks for the holiday season and beyond. We had a big push last week to drop off non-perishable food items at any Bruno's or Food World location! Jeh Jeh, Arielle, & Kelvin challenged Hoover, Rainbow City, & Tuscaloosa to donate the most food. But you can still donate through the end of the year!
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Lakeshore Foundation with help from Carol Kutik on Exercise Monday. For more information, call (205) 313-7400.

JIB JAB - The designers at Jib Jab created videos for us as a special way to say Happy Holidays! We check out the rock video of the Good Day Alabama crew today! You can visit and create your own holiday greetings with family and friends!

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Tony Glover took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach him at the Extension office with your questions!

MINOR HIGH BAND - The Minor High School Band performed Bill Holcombe's "Christmas Jazz Suit." The Minor High School Band is under the direction of Carlton Wright. This performance featured a trumpet solo by Lacy Steward. You can hear more from the Minor High School Band and other local bands and choirs on A Good Day Christmas on Christmas morning right here on FOX6 from 7-9am.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, getting a new television over the holidays? We turn to our interior design expert for advice on how to incorporate it into your home's decor without making it the focus when you walk in the room! The wildlife expert joins us with advice for all the hunters out there! We hear more holiday music - this time from jazz saxophone player Kenneth Williams. And we learn about the other Christmas plants besides the Poinsettias.... That and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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