Lockport-based My Joyful Heart started with a couple of anonymous Christmas presents; 20 years later, it has helped more than 1,000 children – Chicago Tribune

Imagine being a fifth grader living in a car with your mother and siblings on a cold night in Chicago, or walking to school with no socks and no holes in your shoes. After hearing stories like these, Lockport resident Diane Carroll decided to help and started a non-profit organization called My Joyful Heart. He … Read more

Luxury Takes Over the Christmas Dress Boom

CAPRI — To mark her first collection for Italian luxury brand Pucci, creative director Camille Miceli ditched the traditional runway show and took a different route: She hosted a vacation. The former Louis Vuitton accessories designer has teamed up with German e-tailer MyTheresa to host a three-day experience on the idyllic island of Capri, bringing … Read more

Thoughts about Christmas debt still linger in the spring

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – As we prepare to revel in the warmth and beauty of spring, a new survey finds that many Americans are worried and regretful of lingering 2021 holiday debt. According to an early 2022 survey by personal finance technology company MoneyGeek, 40% of Americans have yet to pay off their 2021 vacation … Read more

As a single mother, I lost my job before Christmas. I don’t believe in miracles, but this is what happened.

“Sorry, but your work assignment has ended as of today.” My heart sank and anxiety sent me spinning. I wasn’t just a single parent; I was the only father. My salary was survival. I scanned the workday, wondering if I had done something wrong, but couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary. I had been … Read more

Shopping tactics to save money (and maybe Christmas)

CatLane/Getty Images It’s the kind of scenario only Scrooge could enjoy: Consumers are itching to spend money this holiday season, but they’re facing product shortages due to the global supply chain crisis, and many of the products they find have high price tags due to inflation. See: What stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black … Read more