Good Day Alabama: Dec. 14, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Dec. 14, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

BBB - CHARITABLE GIVING - From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season. BBB Wise Giving Alliance urges donors to research charities before giving to ensure that their generous contributions are going to trustworthy organizations. BBB WGA is sharing five tips to help donors give wisely and make the most of their generosity this holiday season:

  1. Watch out for name similarities. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.
  2. Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.
  3. Be wary of emotional appeals. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.
  4. Avoid charities that don't disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.
  5. Rely on standards-based evaluations. Charities can demonstrate they are trustworthy by agreeing to in-depth evaluations such as the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Get free access to charity reports at

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Shades Valley YMCA with Mickal Thomas. For more information, call 205-870-9622.

VET SPECIALIST - Dr. Jerome Williams joined us along with Dr. Brandt Tolbert. Dr. Tolbert and Dr. Williams discussed holiday dangers for pets. They explained the dangers with decorations - from tinsel to ornaments, ribbon, and electrical cords. They also warned about dangers with plants that are often out at this time of year - Poinsettias, Lilies, mistletoe, sago palms, Holly, Amaryllis, Wreath Japanese yew "tree of death", and liquid potpourri. And there are many dangerous foods during this time - chocolate, corncobs, fat trimmings, bones, unbaked bread, alcoholic beverages, raisins, and xylitol. They also warned about other dangers during the winter months - stress and antifreeze. You can reach Dr. Tolber at Birmingham Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center at 205-976-9184 or You can reach Dr. Williams at Red Mountain Animal Clinic at 205-326-8080 or

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

GOOD DAY CHRISTMAS - Join the Good Day Alabama crew on Christmas morning as we share our memories and some great music! As we gear up for this year's show, we enjoy some music from some of our favorites. We visited our vault and enjoyed Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Abahji Cunningham this morning.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, calling all Christmas light lovers! We check out a great way for you to see the best around town! New music and movies make great stocking stuffers and we check out the latest ones hitting store shelves this week! Looking to take advantage of those end of the year car sales? We show you the best models from 2015 that might be just right for you! More advice about your finances..... more ideas to check out before the end of the year! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!