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Coming up on News 7-
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A windy Christmas leaves hundreds without power in some parts of the region.
They're the ones who OTHERS TURN TO for help--now area charities say they're in need.
And all these Powerball players want from Christmas is 280-million dollars.
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News 7 is next.

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((RONNIE CARTER: I THINK THIS IS THE WORST YEAR SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE. FAR AS PEOPLE NEEDING FINANCIAL HELP FAR AS PEOPLE COME TO THE SHELTER HERE.))
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Area charities try to make the best of what is becoming a bad situation.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.
Jean Jadhon has the night off.

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Area charities work to make sure no one goes hungry or without a gift on Christmas.
But that is proving more difficult since charitable giving is down while the need is up.
Justin McLeod tells us some of the reasons why.
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((((NAT SOUND OF SERVING AT 15:39:04))
Roanoke's Rescue Mission opens it's doors to feed the homeless every day of the year.
One of it's largest meals is usually on Christmas.
It attracts nearly 900-people.
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((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: WE JUST TRY TO MAKE IT FAMILY FOR EVERYBODY.))
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That is proving quite difficult this year.
Charitable giving is down nearly 12-percent while the need here in Roanoke is up by 35-percent.
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((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: I THINK WE'RE STILL SUFFERING FROM WHAT HAPPENED SEPTEMBER 11TH, WE STILL HAVE A POOR ECONOMY, AND WE HAVE A HEALTHCARE CRISIS.))
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To make do, the Rescue Mission has had to cut five positions.
Programs so far remain intact but it won't be adding any new ones this year.
The Rescue Mission also needs to raise another million dollars for its new women's shelter.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SOME ORGANIZATIONS RUN ENTIRELY ON PRIVATE DONATIONS, MEANING THEY RECEIVE NO LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDREAL GRANTS. ONE SUCH PLACE IS THE SAMARTIAN'S INN HERE IN ROANOKE. IT TYPICALLY TAKES 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RUN THIS PLACE EVER YEAR BUT THIS YEAR IT ONLY RAISED ABOUT 36-THOUSAND.))
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The Christmas dinner here at the Samaritan's Inn attracted nearly two hundred people.
That is slighty up from last year.
And since donations are down, the organization has to put its capital imporvement projects on hold.
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((WAYNE MEADOWS/SAMARITAN'S INN: I JUST LEFT IT IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD AND SO FAR IT'S BEEN WELL. WE JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT DAY BY DAY AND SEE WHAT GOES ON.))
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Also taking it day by day is the RAM House in Roanoke.
Workers saw more families seeking help this Christmas.
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((RONNIE CARTER/SHELTER MANAGER: PLEASE GIVE BECAUSE WE NEED YOUR HELP. WE NEED YOUR HELP HERE. WE TRY TO KEEP THE PLACE RUNNING, I KNOW THE DIRECTORS UPSTAIRS WORK HARD TO KEEP THIS PLACE GOING, WE JUST HOPE PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED HELP HERE.))
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Help that is needed because many of these places don't turn anyone away.
But that is proving more difficult as charities try to do more with less.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))

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It also appears to be a difficult year for the Salvation Army.
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The charity saw more people turning out this year for the annual Christmas dinner at its facilities on Salem Avenue.

Its annual kettle campaign in the Roanoke Valley also failed to meet expectations.
Giving was down by nearly 20-percent and the Salvation Army collected only about 130-thousand dollars.
Officials blame the reduction on a late Thanksgiving, tough ECONOMIC times...and new rules at some businesses that restricted where they could set up.
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Most of us had the day off but not everyone is so lucky.
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The men and women who serve and protect have to work 365 days a year.
To show its appreciation, fire captains in Roanoke typically buy the main course for the Christmas dinner.
Several area grocery stores and some nearby neighbors also donate food and baked goods.
Many of the firefighter's families also stop by.
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((CPT. DALE BARKER/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.: YOU'LL HAVE YOUR FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE KIDS WILL USUALLY COME BY AND VISIT. A LOT OF THEM COME AND EAT SOMETIMES, IF IT WORKS OUT, SOMETIMES IT DON'T. YOU MAY BE SITTING DOWN WITH YOUR FAMILY AND GET A CALL.))
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Firefighters say Christmas Day is usually a typical day when it comes to answering calls.
Station seven in Roanoke handles on average 12-hundred calls a year.
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High winds have left thousands of people without power this evening. Winds have knocked trees into power lines or knocked them over, disrupting power to about 55-hundred homes in our area. The hardest hit areas have been in Roanoke County and Roanoke City. A-E-P hopes to have power restored to most of the affected areas tonight, but it could be tomorrow afternoon for some customers. A-E-P has brought in extra crews to deal with the disruptions.

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A Christmas day SNOWSTORM is expected to leave as much as 20-inches on the ground in some parts of New York and New England.
For many, it's their first white Christmas...EVER..
Drew Levinson reports from New York.
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((IF THE SONG IS TO BE BELIEVED--THEN THOSE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN THE MIDWEST AND THE NORTHEAST ARE HAVING T
HEIR FANTASIES FULFILLED. SOT - JOE MUSCHIO/NEW YORK RESIDENT "I hope it comes down real hard, hope we get a lot of sno

w...I'm gonna be home..gonna be home..gonna be relaxing." FROM THE NATION'S CAPITAL TO THE OHIO VALLEY TO NEW YORK, NEW
JERSEY AND BOSTON--THIS HOLIDAY IS BEING GIFTWRAPPED IN WHITE. (SOT-PAUL KOCIN/THE WEATHER CHANNEL) :07 "it would not

be surprising to see two feet of snow in some locations and even an isolated report as high as thirty inches." THE ROUGH WEATHER IS PUSHING ITS WAY IN LIKE AN UNINVITED GUEST FOR THE HOLIDAYS. ALREADY THE MIDWEST AND PLAINS HAVE FELT THE
BRUNT OF IT WITH ICE AND SNOW. DRIVING ON THE ROADS IS TREACHEROUS AND SOMETIMES DEADLY. SOT - MOS - DRIVER "It's prett

y bad, we went 25 to 30 mph the whole way." AT THE AIRPORTS--MANY DESITINATIONS ON THE MONITORS WERE FOLLOWED BY THE NOW FAMAT THE AIRPORTS--MANY DESITINATIONS ON THE MONITORS WERE FOLLOWED BY THE NOW "we circled for thirty minutes, but the storm was in full, full blown and they sent us back to saint louis and they didn't know what to do with us." IN THE SOUTH--A SHOVEL AND BROOM WOULD HAVE MADE FOR GOOD CHRISTMAS PRESENTS--TH SAND AND SALT TRUCKS PREPARED FOR THAT WHITE
CHRISTMAS--THEY ADMITTED IT WAS MORE LIKE A BAD DREAM. (SOT) - NO CG "Well, they're not happy, but there gonna do thei
r job.." (NATS...SLEDDING) STILL CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS AND SO IS THE SNOW---PUT THEM TOGETHER AND ITS ONE GREAT HOLIDAY

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Christmas in Bethlehem is anything but a holiday for a diminishing band of CHRISTIANS. That story still to come on the newscast.
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and millions of people hope they have the winning combination to unlock nearly 3-hundred million dollars.
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On this Christmas day in Bethlehem, there is little celebrating.
Many families are looking to flee the region, in search of a peaceful life.
Kimberly Dozier has the story from Bethlehem.
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((Majdi walks up to card table You d think Father Majdi Siryani would be glad to get so many Christmas cards But each o
ne means another Catholic family has left Bethlehem. (SOT over pix of Majdi plunking down cards) When they leave, they

never come back. (tank rolling through, empty Bethlehem Manger Square) Christians here have had enough of Israeli army curfews imposed after Palestinian militant attacks - enough of struggling to make ends meet in a tourist town, with no
tourists. SOT (Rev. Majdi al Siryani) Our daily struggle is for survival. This is why Christians started to flee the pl

ace, to run away, to emigrate. Mainly to the United States. Twenty years down the road, they re normalized in the Unite
d States, they re Americans, their kids are Americans, and that s it. (UPSOT bells under last of his words, fold audio

under beginning of standup - cut to exterior of Catholic church, perhaps people streaming in) (on-cam Bethlehem)KIMBERLY DOZIER/BETHLEHEM Some fifty families have left this church in the past two years, bound for America, for Europe, for anywhere that will take them - anywhere but here. (Musleh family walking in to church, in church) Soon to follow - the Musleh family, planning to join other relatives in Miami. They haven t told anyone here yet - for Palestinians, leaving, is to admit defeat. Their business is ruined - they opened this hotel, just before the uprising began. They live near Bethlehem s church of the Nativity - They slept on the floor of this room for three months, listening to Palestinian g
unmen battle the Israeli army. (SOT Judith Musleh, 42) At nighttime, the kids were sleeping, helicopters, tanks, it was

like the end of the world to us. (speaking over some Nativity gun battle pix) It was terrible for us, sleeping while l
istening to bombing. Shooting all the time. (Dozier question) So this is why you re talking about leaving? (SOT Isam Mu

sleh, father) I can t offer for them a good life. It s out of my hands, you know. (Judith Musleh, mother) It isn t safe to stay here. There is no future for the kids. I want my kids to have the best. The kids can t wait to get out. (Saba Musleh, 10-year-old son) We can t go to school. It s not a life. And they re already planning the kind of things they can t enjoy here. (Rola Musleh, 16-year-old daughter) Shopping, swimming. (Dozier question) And boys? No, we have boys here too. (granny getting us coffee) The hardest part will be forgetting what they left behind. (Nataly reading book, closeup) Eight-year-old Nataly still wakes up screaming, terrified Israeli soldiers have come to get her. Her parents say when things get better, they will come back here. At least, to visit. KD, CBS News, Bethlehem ))

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Forget the socks and sweater...all some want for Christmas is to win the Powerball.
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The jackpot reached 280-million dollars, the third largest drawing in Powerball history.
And while most players stood in long lines to win the money for themselves...others thought it made the perfect Christmas gift.
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((WHAT IF YOU GIVE ONE OF THESE AWAY AND SOMEBODY WINS. WENDY: "OH, WE'RE FAMILY. I'LL GET MY PIECE"))
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Powerball is available in 23-states, Virginia is not one of them.
The winning numbers will be announced tonight.
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Up ahead, we'll set the Hokies travel plans for their flight to San Francisco.
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and after turnaround seasons all the Wahoos and Mountaineers want for Christmas is a win in Charlotte. We'll have that and more coming up in sports.
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While the presents may have been opened, and Christmas dinner is now being enjoyed as a midnight snack, there's always room for another helping of holiday greetings.
Every Christmas we like to take a little extra time to get the entire WDBJ family in front of the camera.
So now, here's our VIDEO CHRISTMAS CARD to all of you.
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Coming up, both the Wahoos and Mountaineers are ready to take out some pent up frustration on each other, we'll go bowling in Vegas and on the islands, plus the Hokies are ready for their cross country venture, and speaking of Tech,


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three Hokies have captured All-American honors from the Sporting News. Senior free safety Willie Pile has made the second team. Pile has started 37 straight games, and had 96 tackles this season.
Center Jake Grove made the fourth team. Grove started all 13 games for Tech.
And finally, Jonathan Lewis made fourth team freshman All-American. The Richmond native registered 51 tackles including two sacks.
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The similarities between Virginia and West Virginia don't stop at the fact that both were snubbed by bigger bowls. But Steve Mason says learning to deal with the disappointment was helped along by some Tire Bowl hype.
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((West Virginia's run this season was one of the best in the country. The 9 and 3 Mountaineers were 3 and 8 just a season ago. But as West Virginia began preparing for UVa, the players still had some bite to their comments when asked why the Gator Bowl failed to sink its teeth into the Big East second place team. ((:)) ((:))
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The Virginia Tech football players made their way back to campus tonight after taking a couple of days off to celebrate Christmas at their respective homes. Tomorrow morning the Hokies will bus from Blacksburg to Greensboro and then take their charter flight to San Francisco. It's a coast-to-coast trek that the players are anxiously anticipating.
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This is Tech's 10th straight bowl game under Frank Beamer, and as they have in the past - they will take every player on the roster. In this case, that's 111 players making the trip.

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On the field today, UCLA and New Mexico rolled the dice in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Lobos Katie Hnida made history at the first female to take the field in a Division 1-A game. Her appearance didn't go as planned though. Her extra point attempt was blocked in the first quarter.
The Bruins Craig Bragg took a punt 74 yards to the house to break a 6-all tie in the third quarter. UCLA
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never looked back. The Bruins also returned an interception for a score on their way to a 27 to 13 win.
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To the islands where Tulane and the homestanding Rainbow Warriors are currently locked in a tight contest. Lynaris Elphage has done his part for the Green Wave. He took this punt back 60 yards for a touchdown and
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right now Tulane leads Hawaii 26 to 14 in the fourth quarter.
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If you'd rather not head to the mall tomorrow to return those unwanted Christmas gifts, then perhaps a little hoops would tickle your fancy. There will be plenty of it with several holiday tournaments.
Eight local high school teams will battle over the next three days at Northside. Games tipoff tomorrow at 2-30, 4-15, 6, and 7-45.
And Holiday Hoopla will invade the Salem Civic Center. Four Blue Ridge teams are among the field in that one.
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On the NBA hardwood this afternoon, Richard Jefferson poured in 22 points for the New Jersey Nets who knocked off Boston 117 to 81.
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