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More on ‘how to be happier’ in a moment, but first Channel 13 has wrapped up our longest community service campaign – the 23rd  annual “Bob Gregory Coats for Kids” campaign.  The need was so great this year in a tougher economy, that we worried about running out of coats when we gave them away on Saturday, October 10th, at the State Fairgrounds.  There were people in line who used to give to the “Coats for Kids” campaign.  This year, they were in need because of job losses.  We were blessed to be able to give free coats to most of the children who needed them.  We ran out of some sizes later in the day, but the biggest crowds had already come.   We gave away thousands of coats because of your generosity .   This year, you also helped by donating cash or checks at an Indianapolis Colts Game or online, through the Salvation Army, one of our campaign partners.  Thank you so much, Central Indiana, for caring about our kids.  Please join Tuchman Cleaners, the Salvation Army, Channel 13, and the Indianapolis Colts next year – on Labor Day – when we launch our 24th annual campaign.

This week on Focus, my Noon Community Interview Segment, we  profiled the Empty Bowls Dinner on Monday - a fundraiser at North Central High School for the Ronald McDonald House.  I was honored to emcee a short program for the actual event on Tuesday evening.  This benefit featured more than 1,000 ceramic bowls made by several local high school students, including North Central.  These bowls are beautiful and unique handmade creations.  Attendees at the Empty Bowl Dinner paid seven dollars for each bowl and they received a ticket to eat some soups prepared by North Central chefs.  It was a wonderful way to bring attention to the issue of hunger in our world and to help fill the food pantry of the Ronald McDonald House, which gives families a ‘home away from home’ when they have sick children at Riley Hospital.  I also loved the fact that our young people are learning about charity and how to serve others while they are in high school.  This event is so popular it will be hosted by a different school for the next several years.  If you hear of it next year, consider supporting this event that features our children *helping* children and families at Riley.

On Tuesday’s Focus segment, we profiled the Indianapolis Masked Ball featuring grammy-award singer Al Jarreau.  It is a great night of dinner, dancing and fundraising for the United Negro College Fund which helps send students to college.  The Ball takes place on November 21st.  For more information call 317-283-3920. 

On Focus Wednesday, we interviewed “Carol the Coach”, a personal life coach and marriage and family therapist who visits us monthly.  This week, Carol Juergensen-Sheets talked about some of the “Laws of Happiness” – ways that we can learn to be happier.  I was all ‘ears.’  I will share a few of her thoughts with you.  Carol says happiness is created from within.  It is an attitude and it creates a climate of kindness.  When you feel good about yourself, she says, and your current state of affairs, there is less of a need for competition or people-pleasing. 

One way to increase your happiness:  Reframing.  That’s the ability to take any situation and put a ‘positive’ spin on it.  See what that experience teaches you or how it has made you stronger.  Carol says this will help you drop the victim role and have greater personal strength.  As an example, Carol adds, if you are getting divorced, see it as an opportunity to grow as an individual.  She says you can’t stop the process, so ask yourself what you can do to get through it with integrity.  Another example?  If your family member or friend has a terminal illness, remind yourself that you can make a difference in their life and recognize what differences they have made in your life.  Focus on the moment, she says, instead of the future.  You will experience this person differently when your focus becomes appreciation.

Other ways to increase your happiness?  Train your mind to focus on the positives for one hour at a time, Carol says.  Replace the negative self-talk with a positive statement – retraining your brain – and repeat the positive statement silently to yourself regularly.  She says your attitude will become naturally more joyful and positive.

For more advice from “Carol the Coach” on a variety of topics, click here for her website.

 

On Thursday’s Focus segment, October 21st, you’ll want to check out the “Tomb of Doom” – the Children’s Museum’s 46th annual Haunted House.  Take a tour of the house with me and be prepared to be ‘scared’!  This is an elaborate masterpiece from the Children’s Museum Guild and they put 13-months of preparation work into entertaining children – and adults.  I took the ‘friendly hours’ tour with the ‘lights on’ for scaredy-cats like me… smiles… and your kids can too.  We’ll tell you all about it Thursday.  And on Friday, October 23rd, learn how to protect yourself from identity theft.  Get details of the “Community Shred-It Day” held at Channel 13 and several other locations by Crime Stoppers.  You can shred your old documents and get rid of old prescription medications.  More to come on the Focus segment on Channel 13 at Noon!

If you have community ideas you would like for us to cover, just let me know.  We are always trying to cover the issues, organizations and events that matter to you.  If we use your idea, we’ll mention your name on air.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director 

 

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Sep
25

Still need coat donations for kids! Time is running out.

Posted By · September 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Hello everyone,

For the 23rd year, we have launched our “Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids” campaign, helmed by our beloved and retired weatherman, Bob Gregory.  Bob keeps coming back to help keep our kids warm in the winter, and you always do, as well.  We have also been blessed to continue our longterm campaign partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army officials say, in this tougher economy, they expect the need for coats to rise 25 to 30% this year, so our kids need your help more than ever.  Please donate today because the campaign will be ending soon and we are behind in donations!

You can donate new or gently-used heavy winter coats of all sizes at any Tuchman Cleaners location through Monday, October 5th.  The Salvation Army will collect the coats and prepare them for ‘Coat Distribution Day’ at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.  You can also volunteer to help prepare the coats or to help fit the coats on children in need on Distribution Day.  For more details on this wonderful and rewarding campaign – the longest community campaign at WTHR - click here.  We can’t help thousands of kids without your generous donations.

Also, please join us or share ideas for community organizations, events or issues to profile on a community interview segment that I host Monday through Friday during our Noon News hour.  It’s called “Focus” and we would like to focus on community ideas that matter to you.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week on Focus.  On Monday, September 28th, we’ll profile the Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism including how the economy is affecting Hoosier volunteerism.  On Tuesday, September 29th, we’ll talk about teen drug and alcohol abuse and profile a special school helping them recover.  On Wednesday, September 30th, a last-minute overview of our “Coats for Kids” campaign, as we hold a Colts Collection Drive and Coat Distribution Day.  On Thursday, October 1st, we’ll talk about HIV/AIDS and a special way you can support an area center that is working to prevent the spread of the disease and empower people living with it.  And on Friday, October 2nd, we’re talking about the “Circle City Classic” – a weekend celebration of college football and historically black colleges and universities – that includes a downtown parade that will attract celebrities and tens of thousands of attendees.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

 

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Sep
21

Please help us keep our kids warm this winter!

Posted By · September 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Hello everyone,

For the 23rd year, we have launched our “Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids” campaign, helmed by our beloved and retired weatherman, Bob Gregory.  Bob keeps coming back to help keep our kids warm in the winter, and you always do, as well.  We have also been blessed to continue our longterm campaign partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army officials say, in this tougher economy, they expect the need for coats to rise 25 to 30% this year, so our kids need your help more than ever.  Please donate today because the campaign will be ending soon!

You can donate new or gently-used heavy winter coats of all sizes at any Tuchman Cleaners location through Monday, October 5th.  The Salvation Army will collect the coats and prepare them for ‘Coat Distribution Day’ at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.  You can also volunteer to help prepare the coats or to help fit the coats on children in need on Distribution Day.  For more details on this wonderful and rewarding campaign – the longest community campaign at WTHR - click here.  We can’t help thousands of kids without your generous donations.

Also, please join us or share ideas for community organizations, events or issues to profile on a community interview segment that I host Monday through Friday during our Noon News hour.  It’s called “Focus” and we would like to focus on community ideas that matter to you.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week on Focus.  On Monday, September 21st, we’ll give you the warning signs of diabetes and tell you how to join a Walk to help fight this devastating disease that affects some 24 million Americans.  On Tuesday, September 22nd, we’ll show you how to enjoy health and wellness while biking around the city for a special day to explore your community.  You’ll hear about the NExT (Neighborhood Exploration Tour), which is coming up soon.  On Wednesday, September 23rd, we’ll talk to Carol the Coach, a Life Coach and Marriage and Family Therapist, who visits us monthly to discuss various self-improvement and relationships issues.  This week she’ll discuss “The Four Tools of Conflict” – how to find a better resolution to conflict in your life.  If you have a question for Carol or a topic you would like for her to address in a future segment, let her know by clicking here.  On Thursday, September 24th, we’ll give you a preview of the Opening Night Gala for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s new classical series season.  And on Friday, September 25th, find out how you can help save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor at an upcoming “Be the Match” drive.

Thank you for supporting all of our community campaigns, including our annual “Shattering the Silence” campaign on domestic abuse which ended in August.  We ‘shatter the silence’ on abuse year-round – child abuse, teen dating abuse, spouse or partner abuse - so if you have any information or ideas you would like to share, just let me know anytime.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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For the seventh summer, Channel 13 is Shattering the Silenceon domestic abuse.  I have been leading this campaign since I began my job as WTHR’s Community Affairs Director and, we continue, because the problem never ends.  Domestic abuse affects one in four American families.  It is not always physical, but mental, verbal, emotional, sexual and financial abuse.  Although 85+ percent of reported abuse victims are women, men, too, are abused.  Experts say they are just less likely to report it.  

This year, as part of Shattering the Silence we are focusing on the impact of domestic abuse on children and teen dating abuse.  News Anchor Scott Swan and I have produced some stories in July and we will do the same in August.  You can click here to see a few of the stories that have already aired and to get a full overview of our campaign, including how to recognize the red flags of abuse; how to teach your teenagers to ‘choose respect’ in relationships; and how to join us in shattering the silence by donating time or money to area service agencies.

On my Noon Focus interview segment, Monday through Friday, I will also do a weekly report or interview on domestic abuse issues.  We will bring on some domestic abuse experts to talk about the problem.  If you have any questions that you would like for me to ask an expert, please blog with me.  We will not list your name or identity on air on this particular subject.  If you have any general thoughts to share about domestic abuse, you can also blog with me.  We may share excerpts of your thoughts on Focus, but again, we will not identify you on air.

Today, I am also including some advice about domestic abuse from “Carol the Coach.”  Carol is a Personal Life Coach and a Marriage and Family Therapist in Indianapolis.  She appears regularly on my Noon Focus segments.  As part of Shattering the Silence, Carol has shared some information about abuse.  See her comments below:

***COMMENTS FROM “CAROL THE COACH“:*******************************

Domestic abuse is an epidemic.  For simplicity’s sake, I am going to be addressing physical abuse as opposed to verbal, emotional or sexual abuse that also occurs in many families.

Physical abuse perpetrators can be both men or women, although  there is a higher # of reported cases with men  being the perpetrators. Research shows that children who live in a home with physical abuse will learn the maladaptive patterns and either grow up to be perpetrators or victims of sexual abuse.

So how do you break the cycle of abuse and stop it from generationally occuring in families for years to come?

It starts with education

Children and their parents need to know what abuse is and need to have resources to learn other coping skills to combat the intimidation factor that promotes abuse or the need to physically control another person,

WTHR  has made it a mission to identify what abuse is and to talk about what you can do to  get the help you need. My 3 minute segment resulted in 3 calls the same afternoon in which viewers wanted to make an apt with me to learn how to stop the abuse. I wonder how many other households wrote the phone number down but did not call that day?

It continues with resources.

There are centers all over the Indianapolis viewing area that have resources available to men and women to stop abuse.

The Julian Center has been instrumental in creating resources for women and children including groups, individual therapy and in-services that will teach women the skills to get out of abusive relationships and gain the confidence to manage life with out a perpetrator in one’s life.

Indianapolis Psychiatric Associates runs emotion regulation groups that teach both men and women how to manage the anger so that families can begin to cope with the frustrations of life differently and change the typical response to stress and control.

And it is managed with on going practice of the life skills that everyone in the family will need to use to protect themselves and their loved ones.

  • Families will need to learn limits and boundary setting.
  • Self esteem will need to be improved.
  • Perpetrators will need to learn anger management techniques and practice them daily. They will need to develop lots of extra support so that they stay in recovery.

If you are an abuser or the victim of abuse, you can email me at carolthecoach@aol.com and I will get you to the right resource that can begin to change your life. There will be no judgment about what you have been through or what you have done. Identifying that you have a problem is the first step to changing your life and creating the life that promotes safety and respect for everyone in the family.

Carol the Coach

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If you have any questions for “Carol the Coach”, she will answer some of your questions on Wednesday, August 26th during our Noon Focus interview segment.  You will remain anonymous.  Click here,  for more on submitting your questions.

Thank you for helping us shatter the silence.

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Jul
17

Shatter the silence with us

Posted By · July 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

For the seventh summer, Channel 13 is Shattering the Silence on domestic abuse.  I have been leading this campaign since I began my job as WTHR’s Community Affairs Director and, we continue, because the problem never ends.  Domestic abuse affects one in four American families.  It is not always physical, but mental, verbal, emotional, sexual and financial abuse.  Although 85+ percent of reported abuse victims are women, men, too, are abused.  Experts say they are just less likely to report it.  

This year, as part of Shattering the Silence we are focusing on the impact of domestic abuse on children and teen dating abuse.  Scott Swan and I have produced some stories in July and we will do the same in August.  You can click here to see a few of the stories that have already aired and to get a full overview of our campaign, including how to recognize the red flags of abuse; how to teach your teenagers to ‘choose respect’ in relationships; and how to join us in shattering the silence by donating time or money to area service agencies.

On my Noon Focus interview segment, you will also see me do a weekly report or interview on domestic abuse issues.  We will bring on some domestic abuse experts to talk about the problem.  If you have any questions that you would like for me to ask an expert, please blog with me.  We will not list your name or identity on air on this particular subject.  If you have any general thoughts to share about domestic abuse, you can also blog with me.  We may share excerpts of your thoughts on Focus, but again, we will not identify you on air.

Some other things coming up on Focus starting Monday, July 20th:  We’ll profile the Reid Ride – a fundraiser to help buy shoes for kids. On Tuesday, July 21st, you’ll hear about ‘Business at the Brickyard’ – a popular golfing event – as we discuss the benefits of knowing how to golf in the business world.  On Wednesday, July 22nd, we’ll talk about ‘Kids Can’t Wait’ – an extension of our Shattering the Silence campaign that involves Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and urges parents to get parenting guidance.  And on Friday, July 24th, hear about ways you can grant the wishes of terminally ill children.

If you have any Focus segment ideas, profiling community issues, events and/or organizations, please share them with us.  We just may choose your idea and give you credit on air.

Take care!

Angela Cain

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Hello,

Thanks to everyone who donated money or canned goods to the Senator Dick Lugar/Channel 13 Community Food Drive during the Strawberry Festival. It took place on Thursday, June 11th on Monument Circle. We have joined with Senator Lugar to sponsor food drives for Gleaners Food Bank for a few years now, and we plan to continue supporting two to three drives a year in efforts to help feed the hungry. We can’t do it without the wonderful generosity of Hoosiers, so thank you for joining WTHR Cares in caring about your community.

Channel 13 is also busy sponsoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s ‘Walk for Wishes’ Saturday, June 20th, in Fishers. Click here for details. And we have been sponsoring the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life’ events – 24-hour walking vigils at area tracks – for several years now. The relays honor cancer survivors and those who’ve lost their lives. They largely take place in May and June all around Central Indiana. Click here to find a relay near you.

I am also busy preparing for our seventh annual ‘Shattering the Silence’ campaign. This campaign helps bring the issue of domestic abuse out of the shadows. Each year during July and August, News Anchor Scott Swan and I produce news series detailing the problem of domestic abuse in Central Indiana. Domestic abuse is not always physical – sometimes it’s mental, verbal, emotional or sexcual abuse. This year we will look more closely at how domestic abuse between parents impacts the children. If you have any thoughts about domestic abuse, please blog with me. We may share some of your thoughts during the campaign. More details about ‘shattering the silence’ in July and August.

If you have any ideas for our Noon Focus segments, which profile community issues,organizations or events, please blog with me and share those ideas, too. This week on Focus, we’re profiling the 90th annual Summer Reading program from the Indianapolis Marion County Public library which encourages kids to read in the summer – and get prizes. That’s Monday’s segment. On Tuesday, we’ll give you a preview of the next season of Broadway Across America shows coming to Indianapolis. Wednesday, we’ll talk to ‘Carol the Coach’, a life coach and therapist, who will have more tips on how you can survive these tougher economic times. On Thursday, find out how you can take part in a special celebration that recognizes volunteers. And on Friday, we have a Father’s Day gift idea for families. Find out how you can give the man in your life ‘the gift of health.’

We hope to hear from you!

Take care,

Angela Cain

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