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Thu Nov 23 11:30:41 EST 2017

When 7-year-old Alex Fischer heard that a local organization in her city of Charlotte, North Carolina, needed help feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving, she didn’t think twice about raising her hand.

“I just thought it would be nice to give Thanksgiving boxes for people in need,” she told WCNC.

The second grader than went to her mom and dad for their help.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we pack a box together as a family? And she said, ‘No, one is not enough,’ ” her mom told the news outlet.

Fischer ended up going to door-to-door, started a lemonade stand and even made a presentation at school to enlist the help of her peers. She quickly surpassing her $150 goal to help the Charlotte Rescue Mission, which provides families in need with a Thanksgiving Box.

With the hopes of making 10 boxes, Fischer was able to put together 100 after a GoFundMe page her mom created pulled in over $1,500.

“It was very successful,” says Alex, whose mother is blown away by the hope she sees in this new generation. “I am thankful that other people can have Thanksgiving now.”


Thu Nov 23 11:23:09 EST 2017

 

For what would have been a joyful family holiday, former Fox News host Eric Bolling is remembering his late son.

“On this emotional first Thanksgiving without Eric Chase… Adrienne and I want you to know that we feel very thankful for the overwhelming, heart warming support you’ve given us during this time,” Bolling, 54, tweeted Thursday, as followers replied with messages of comfort and faith.

The political pundit’s only child, Eric Chase Bolling, was found dead Sept. 8. A University of Colorado student, he was 19.

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His cause of death was ruled an accidental “mixed drug intoxication” after authorities discovered cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, and opioid drugs in his system.

Now, his father is using the tragedy to raise awareness of opioid abuse.

“Adrienne and I thank you for your continued prayers and support,” he tweeted in October, referencing his wife. “We must fight against this national epidemic, too many innocent victims.”

The same day that Eric Chase’s body was discovered, Fox News parted ways with the elder Bolling  after a Huffington Post report revealed in August that he allegedly sent unsolicited inappropriate text messages to female colleagues, TIME reported. Bolling sued the reporter who broke the story in response — launching  a $50 million defamation lawsuit. An attorney for the journalist, Yashar Ali, has demanded the lawsuit be dropped, calling it “utterly devoid of merit.”

But a college friend of Eric Chase’s told the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colorado, that she didn’t think his father’s firing was connected to his death.

“That’s not the Eric we know,” she said. “Yes, he cared about his dad, but he was a strong man. He’d faced adversity before and he always came back stronger than ever before.”


Thu Nov 23 11:22:03 EST 2017

An Ohio woman who duct-taped her 11-year-old son to a chair while she took her other child swimming was sentenced Tuesday to up to nine months in state prison, according to multiple reports.

Susan Malysa, 33, pleaded guilty in September to one count of felony child endangering, according to WKBN. Prosecutors agreed to drop two other counts of felony child endangering against her.

A police report for Malysa’s June arrest obtained by PEOPLE stated she taped the boy’s mouth shut, and also taped his legs to the chair and his hands to each other.

According to the report, a relative who suspected Malysa might be mistreating the boy checked on him after Malysa allegedly told her she was bringing her other child to the local YMCA to swim, but that the 11-year-old wouldn’t be accompanying them.

Officers arrived to find the boy cold and shaking, according to the report. The tape left red marks on his skin, and police noticed the boy had bruises on his face and neck.

Malysa was arrested at the YMCA, the report states.

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In video of the sentencing viewed by PEOPLE, Malysa tearfully addressed Mahoning County Judge R. Scott Krichbaum, saying, “I just want to apologize to my son with all my heart, and my daughter.” She added, “There’s nothing I can do that will make up for everything that I did, and … I will not do anything like that ever again.”

Krichbaum, addressing Malysa, said, “You tell me you love this little boy. Well, I don’t have to believe you. That’s not love.”

Krichbaum said he will give Malysa an opportunity for judicial release after she serves 30 days of her sentence.

Prosecutors had recommended Malysa spend 60 days in county jail, according to WFMJ. But Krichbaum ignored the recommendation by sentencing her to state prison.

“This is conduct that will not be tolerated in our society, and I do wish to make an example of you, in that regard,” he said.

It was not immediately clear if Malysa plans to appeal her sentence.