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Homeless in Tampa get a Day of Dignity listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: homeless, poverty, CAIR, charity


People living on the streets and some of Tampa’s working poor were given supplies to help them get by this winter. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) partnered with other local agencies at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park just outside of downtown Sunday to offer health screenings, clothing and other necessities during Tampa’s first Day of Dignity.

“The services are there. They may not be able to reach out to them or go to these places. It’s good to have, it’s like all in one u...

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Tampa banker honored by city council for feeding the less fortunate listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa banker and volunteer football coach was honored by city council this morning for his efforts to feed people without homes during the holiday season. But during a commendation ceremony at City Hall, Andre Kirwan asked that Neil Sayers, a local chiropractor and volunteer who passed away in November, also be recognized.

“He always told me, ‘Andre, we’ve got to go big or go home’ and it’s been hard for me to kind of wrap my brain around the fact that through his passing, hi...

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Florida's Amendment 8 could give more funding to faith-based charities; opponents worry it'll increase school vouchers listen

04/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A proposed amendment appearing on the ballot this fall would overturn the part of Florida’s Constitution that forbids public funds from going to religious organizations. A group called Citizens for Religious Freedom and Non-Discrimination is starting a coalition in support of Amendment 8. At a press conference Wednesday morning in Tampa, one of the amendment’s original authors, former state Representative Juan Zapata said it would allow faith-based charities to better provide public ser...

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Tampa police officers hand out 250 turkeys to needy families listen

12/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many residents in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood can’t afford a traditional Holiday celebration. Wednesday morning the Tampa Police Department made sure residents there will have food on the table and gifts under the tree for Christmas.

More than 250 families were given a turkey dinner, sides and desserts to enjoy this Holiday weekend. Wednesday marked the third and final day of what organizer and Tampa police officer Debbie Boles calls the Christmas marathon. Earlier this week ...


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