“The goal is to help them create positive childhood memories with their siblings,” said Steven Macias, donor relations manager for Together We Rise.
The happiest place on earth hosted an extra special event last weekend, welcoming 350 children in the foster care system to spend time with their biological siblings at the theme park.
Last weekend, the nonprofit group Together We Rise threw a “Disney Days” event for children in the foster care system, local to the Anaheim, Calif. area, People reports. The program was free of charge and provided “souvenirs, food and spending money” for the big day.
On September 22 and 23, the nonprofit group Together We Rise threw a “Disney Days” event for children in the foster care system, local to the Anaheim, Calif. area.
“The goal is to help them create positive childhood memories with their siblings and allow them one weekend to simply enjoy being kids,” Steven Macias, donor relations manager for Together We Rise, told Good Morning America of the festivities.
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Macias further divulged that many of the kids declared the event as “the best day ever” and voiced serious appreciation for those behind the scenes.
Macias further divulged that many of the kids declared the event as “the best day ever.”
“We couldn’t make our Disney Days event happen without the support of our committed donors, volunteers, and sponsors,” he added. “Reuniting 350 kids in foster care at the Happiest Place on Earth is no easy feat, so we rely on [their] support… to help make the magic happen.”
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Coordinators for the nonprofit say the event would have been impossible without the help of volunteers.
“Going into foster care is a very traumatic experience, I know because I was a foster child. Bravo to all of these people who are bringing joy and hope to these amazing kids by reuniting them, even if it’s just for the day!!” one supporter wrote on Twitter.
Delta passenger sues airline, claims crew didn’t detain passenger who sexually assaulted her on flight
The plane, which had originally left for Atlanta from Portland, resumed service to Atlanta around two hours after the incident.
A 23-year-old woman from California has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines, claiming that they failed to detain a passenger who sexually assaulted her on a flight earlier this year.
Delany Luh, the founder of the fashion brand I Am Plenty, alleges she was assaulted by an inebriated male passenger on a June 16 flight from Chicago to Los Angeles. In a lawsuit filed by Knoxville-based attorney James Friauf, Luh claims the man was served between six and eight alcoholic beverages within the span of only a few hours, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
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Per the lawsuit, Luh claims the assailant became more “bizarre and harassing” throughout the flight, trying to engage her in conversation about his marriage. At one point, she says he pretended to make a phone call to a fake woman named “Molly” to discuss how Luh wasn’t “being nice” to him, and then made derogatory comments about Luh to the fictional friend for Luh to hear, according to the complaint.
Luh alleges she also tried notifying the flight crew “without making it obvious” to the male passenger, by shooting the flight attendant a “concerned look,” the News Sentinel reports.
Luh says she tried to avoid the man until she eventually fell asleep, only to be “startled awake by an abrupt discomfort in her vaginal area,” and witnessing the man’s hand in her pants “digitally penetrating her vagina.”
Luh’s lawsuit claims she then jumped out of her seat and over the assailant — who was seated in the aisle and trying to draw her attention to his visible erection — before running toward the back of the plane to alert a flight attendant of the man’s actions.
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Luh was reseated, and believed the airline would contact the authorities regarding her complaint, the News Sentinel reports. Instead, she contends that the airline “allowed Assailant to exit the aircraft without incident or consequence for his abhorrent actions,” per the complaint.
When speaking out about the incident in a series of now-deleted tweets in July, Luh had also said Delta’s crew told her they would “handle the situation” upon landing. She also said she was offered a $200 voucher as compensation when she complained after the allegedly did not.
Delaney Luh, identified as the fashion designer for I Am Plenty, says she assumed Delta would be contacting the proper authorities after allegedly reporting the assault in-flight.
Delta has since released a statement to Fox News, in which they wrote Luh informed a Delta agent of the incident “after deplaning.”
“The safety and security of our customers is our top priority and we do not tolerate the harassment or assault of a passenger by another. After deplaning, Ms. Luh first informed a Delta agent that she had been improperly touched on the leg by another passenger. Delta then immediately reported the incident to local and federal law enforcement for their handling, and our understanding is the matter was not pursued.
“Delta is aware of Ms. Luh’s lawsuit and we intend to vigorously oppose it.”
A representative for the Los Angeles World Airports police told Fox News in July that police did respond to reports of inappropriate touching on the flight, and met with the victim and a Delta representative upon the plane’s arrival.
“Airport Police made notifications to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and conducted an interview with the reporting party. A preliminary investigation was completed and no arrests were made,” a representative for the Los Angeles Airport Police confirmed in July.
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Airport police also told Fox News that Delta did not contact them prior to the plane’s arrival, and did not detain the suspect. However, police say the airline would not have had the authority to detain someone against their will, unlike police.
Luh is reportedly seeking $6 million dollars in damages — $1 million in compensatory, $5 million in punitive — in her lawsuit, according to the News Sentinel.
New research finds that Americans generally want their dream vacation to last nine days.
The “dream vacation” for American families takes nearly a year to save up for, according to new research.
A study examining the lengths parents go to try to give their children perfect childhood memories found moms and dads have to save for 10 months on average in order to make it happen.
Whether dreaming of making memories at Disneyland, flying across the world or enjoying the luxury of a cruise, parents put an average of $416 dollars into their dream vacation fund each month..
From reducing their own spends on socializing or ordering take-out, to using coupons, forgoing date nights and shopping in discount stores, the research unearthed the biggest efforts parents make in trying to bring their kids that dream trip.
It’s worth the trouble though, as the vast majority of parents (89 percent) believe it’s important for their children to travel.
And to provide them sunscreen, of course.
Top reasons for this include the importance of experiencing a new areas or culture (74 percent), strengthening family relationships (73 percent) and giving children both the opportunity to have fun and to learn new things (67 percent).
The study of 2,000 parents with school-aged children found that parents spend an average of six months carefully planning their dream vacation and working out how to make it a reality.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Visit Anaheim in honor of World Tourism Day 2018 (Sep 27), found that two-thirds find it difficult to put money away — which is why 56 percent fear they’ll never be able to save enough for their ideal vacation.
What does the “dream vacation” look like to most? The average budget for a trip-of-a-lifetime is almost $5,000, and many parents budget and save diligently to make this happen.
More than six in 10 parents have worked longer hours in order to save money, while 55 percent have shopped at discount stores and cut back on time spent with friends.
Some parents are willing to be a bit more extreme: 3 in 10 have canceled streaming services or other online accounts and 24 percent have forgone saving for retirement in order to save money for a family trip.
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On the other hand, these sacrifices can pay off. Sixty-three percent of people say they’ve been on what they consider a “dream vacation.”
The ideal trip is nine days long, and parents say the most important aspects of a trip are the location (79 percent), the budget (71 percent) and the dates of travel (47 percent). Attractions during the stay (46 percent) and transportation to the destination (21 percent) round out the top five most important aspects of a trip.
For the dream vacation, parents would also like to be near beaches (72 percent), restaurants (69 percent) and amusement parks (59 percent).
Meanwhile, 100 percent of kids in the middle seat of this photo would love to go to amusement parks on every single vacation.
Seventy-nine percent of parents say their dream trip would be a mix between active and quiet, and 83 percent say their children have a say in the vacation destination.
A jet crashed in South Carolina on Thursday after failing to come to a stop on the runway, killing at least two.
(Greenville Police Department)
At least two people died after a jet crashed Thursday afternoon in South Carolina when it failed to come to a stop on the runway and went down an embankment.
It was not immediately clear why the jet failed to stop after landing at Greenville Downtown Airport, Airport Director Joe Frasher told FOX Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation.
The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and the co-pilot died at a nearby hospital, the coroner told the station. A married couple onboard the plane are in critical condition.
The co-pilot was identified as Stephen George Fox, 66, from Florida. The pilot, who has not been identified pending next-of-kin notification, is a man in his late 40s, the coroner told the station.
Frasher told the station one of the pilots was found unconscious leaning against the throttle, and the engine was still running, throwing dirt and dust into the air when rescue personnel arrived.
Hazmat crews were sent to the scene to clean up oil that was leaking from the Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50.
It was not immediately clear where the flight originated, the station reported.
LOS ANGELES – Here’s another thing travelers can consider bringing when a trip takes them through Los Angeles International Airport — marijuana.
Just be careful about carrying it onto the plane.
A written policy posted by airport police says small amounts of weed may now be brought into one of the world’s busiest airports. But, police warn, possession of any amount is still a federal crime and TSA agents may find your stash.
What happens if they do remains a little murky.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said Thursday that agents won’t take it away but will summon the police and let them deal with it.
“TSA’s focus is on terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers,” Dankers said in an email.
“Whether or not the passenger is allowed to travel with marijuana is up to law enforcement’s discretion,” she added.
If it turns out a traveler is carrying no more than 28.5 grams (about an ounce), or 8 grams in concentrated form, airport police will simply turn them loose.
“Because there is no crime,” said airport Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Still, police caution people to think twice before embarking on a cannabis-fueled vacation.
“Passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel,” says the statement posted on the website flylax.com last January after California legalized recreational marijuana.
So far, few if any other airports seem to have followed suit.
San Diego International Airport has no policy on pot, said spokesman Jonathan Heller.
In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, it is still illegal to bring it into Denver International Airport.
Airport spokeswoman Emily Williams says that’s because possession is still a federal crime and air travel is governed by federal authorities.
In any case, few have been caught carrying pot, she said, and for those who have the penalty was light if the amount was small.
“If it’s a small amount the TSA and the Denver Police Department will ask that person to dispose of it and if that person is willing to do that they move through,” she said.
Still the best advice to travelers, says Douglas Kidd, executive director of the National Association of Airline Passengers, is to leave your stash at home. You can always buy more when you get there.
“The first thing the TSA is going to do is if they find something that is illegal for federal purposes is they’re going to refer it to local law enforcement,” Kidd said.
“Now local law enforcement may say, ‘We’re not going to do anything.’ But still, the delay could cause you to miss your flight.”