Jetchick said that since this time last year, the Havana BID — which spans four miles along Havana Street and is home to one of Aurora’s busiest shopping hubs — has seen a large uptick in the number of people soliciting business owners, camping in parking lots and sleeping in nearby ditches and under trees
Maureen Hampson, the center’s director and lone paid staffer, said the weeks after Thanksgiving and before Christmas are always difficult because so much of the food in the pantry goes into the Thanksgiving baskets.
Prosecutors say he and 58-year-old Genevieve Cruz collected mattresses returned under a warranty program, claiming they were being donated to Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services and distributed to refugees. Shryock and Cruz are accused of selling most of the mattresses for profit.
The Giving USA report, being released Tuesday, said Americans gave an estimated $335.17 billion to charity in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012 after adjustment for inflation.
There’s still a strong sense of charity among the faithful