Top 5 Tips For Giving Gift Cards. According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards will be the most-requested gift for the 2010 holiday season. Gift cards are an $87 billion industry, according to the Tower Group, a market research company.Rules recently enacted by the Federal Reserve Board changed the regulations on gift card fees and expiration dates. Under the 2009 Credit Card Act, the new regulations took effect for all cards sold after Aug. 22, and the rules serve to protect consumers from problems they were reporting with unexpected or hidden fees.
NTSB Releases Bay Bridge Recommendations. The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report Wednesday on the 2008 Bay Bridge crash in which a tractor-trailer crashed into the Chesapeake Bay, killing the driver.The report recommended significant changes regarding bridge inspections.On Aug. 8, 2008, shortly before 4 a.m., tractor-trailer driver John Short took evasive action on the Bay Bridge to avoid a head-on collision with a car that crossed into his lane. The driver of the other vehicle told police she fell asleep at the wheel.
4,500 Lbs Of Turkey Dished Out At Goodwill Dinner. Goodwill kept a more than 50-year tradition alive on Wednesday afternoon by providing thousands of Thanksgiving meals to those in need at the Baltimore Convention Center.Goodwill’s 55th annual Thanksgiving dinner gave those in need a chance for a good hot meal, and it gave volunteers a chance to give back.”I’ve been coming for years with my friends and my mom, and it’s a great experience. It makes you so thankful for everything that you have, and it’s amazing,” said volunteer Emily Monnett.
Super Fundraiser For Toys For Tots Seeks $20K. A Maryland woman who raised $10,000 for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive last year is at it again.This year Kate Moreland’s goal is to raise $20,000 by Dec. 17.Moreland, the events coordinator at Ceresville Mansion, was inspired to help last year when she learned that the Marines had raised $10,000 less than the year before. So she a few partners in the business community asked companies to donate $100 each on Facebook and through e-mail, and in two days they raised $10,015.