Holiday spirit http://www.kplu.org en California family answers girl's 'balloon mail' to Santa http://www.kplu.org/post/california-family-answers-girls-balloon-mail-santa <p>AUBURN, Wash. &mdash; A 5-year-old girl sent a letter to Santa attached to two pink balloons, and it ended up in the hands of a California ranching family who say they&#39;ll make the girl&#39;s wishes come true.</p><p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:33:43 +0000 The Associated Press 3546 at http://www.kplu.org Aberdeen rallies around laid off diner workers with 'Grinch fund' http://www.kplu.org/post/aberdeen-rallies-around-laid-diner-workers-grinch-fund <p>ABERDEEN, Wash. &mdash; A regular customer at a shuttered Aberdeen diner that left 12 workers out of work has successfully led a fundraiser that collected nearly $17,000 to help them out.</p><div><p>Glenn Ludwig launched the &quot;Grinch fund&quot; after learning that the 12 workers at his favorite diner &mdash; America&#39;s Diner &mdash; were left jobless and without a paycheck since before Thanksgiving.</p><p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:44:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3529 at http://www.kplu.org Aberdeen rallies around laid off diner workers with 'Grinch fund' Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle http://www.kplu.org/post/diamond-ring-dropped-spokane-salvation-army-kettle <p>SPOKANE, Wash. &mdash; An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:57:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3372 at http://www.kplu.org Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle