HOTLINE: Thursday, Dec. 4

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Coats for Kids
The United Phoenix Firefighters Association has teamed up with 100.7 KSLX for their annual Coats for Kids drive. KSLX and firefighters are volunteering their time Thursday, Dec. 4 to collect donations of coats and cash. They are holding their one-day drive at Paradise Valley Mall on the Food Court Patio opposite the covered parking garage. They'll be collecting new and gently used coats at both locations from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
www.salvationarmycares.org
 
 
Winnie the Pooh
Tonight (Dec. 4), dozens of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families will see the final technical rehearsal for free on what the cast fondly calls HopeKids Night (hopekids.org) A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL Opens December 5 at Valley Youth Theatre--its 26th Anniversary Season with the theatre's annual holiday production. "Not only is this the 19th anniversary production of Pooh, we're also celebrating our 10th anniversary of collecting stuffed animals for Operation Noah!"
 
Valley Youth Theatre
525 N First St.
Phoenix AZ 85004
 
 
Medical Supplies donated to Sierra Leone
On Thursday, Dec. 4, dozens of volunteers will join together at Project C.U.R.E. to load $450,000-worth of medical supplies donated by Dignity Health into a 40-foot container to be shipped to Sierra Leone - one of the regions hit hardest by Ebola. Project C.U.R.E. has relied on Dignity Health for more than 17 years to provide supplies and donations for global health issues. In Sierra Leone, the battle against Ebola is accelerating daily as the disease continues to spread rapidly, with 533 new confirmed diagnoses the week of Nov. 16 alone. More than 4,500 people in West Africa have already died from the disease according to the World Health Organization. 
 
Project C.U.R.E. Distribution Center
2100 W. 14th St., T3
Tempe, Ariz. 85281
 
 
 
Celebration of Christmas
The show runs Dec. 4-14. Reserved tickets can be purchased at Phoenix First Assembly's website. General admission seasts are free.
 
Phoenix First Assembly Church
13613 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix, AZ 85022
 
 
 
National Cookie Day
It's National Cookie Day and we're celebrating with Cookies from Home. The biggest sellers right now are Chewy Chunk, Fudge Wheel and Cinnamon Roll cookies. Also big this time of year, are his seasonal cookies, ginger Molasses, Mint fudge and Cranberry Orange.  
 
Cookies from Home 
1605 W. University Dr. Ste #106
Tempe, AZ 85281
 
 
Natural cold & flu Fighters
Food might be the trick to perk you up when you're under the weather. Dr. Jonny Bowden, a nutrition expert, says this year shorten your cold or flu with chocolate, elderberry syrup, homemade tea and other natural remedies. 
 
Tips:
Chicken Noodle Soup:  Chicken soup is a great go-to for fluid and sodium replenish more protein
 
Yogurt: Yogurt is a double-duty food - and is a good source of protein, as well as probiotics. 
 
Homemade Tea: honey, lemon, cinnamon and boiling water to clear nasal passages
 
Elderberry Syrup: boosts your immune system
 
Garlic: boosts your immune system, raw is preferable
 
Turmeric: found in curry, helps with aches and pains
 
Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, a component that suppresses the nerve activity responsible for coughing and has been found to be three times more effective in stopping persistent coughs than codeine." Sugar, on the other hand, can weaken immunity, so it's best to avoid it all together when you have a cold. 
 
Epsom Salts and Eucalyptus Essential Oil Bath: soothes and clears chest and nasal passages
 
Neti Pot: clears nasal passages
 
 
Free Dog Food for Pets
On Thursday, 12/4, Sprouts, a Phoenix business is helping homeless Phoenix animals receive an unusual holiday gift - thousands of pounds of healthy, nutritious pet food from Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com. It's part of a national "Holiday Kibble Drop" tour where more than 30 shelters in 14 cities will receive a total of 500,000 meals. The large donation for Phoenix pets will be delivered to Sprouts at 12415 N. Tatum Blvd. for the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and Lost Our Home Pet Foundation from 9-10 a.m. on 12/4. 

www.halopets.com 

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