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Family Who Won $429 Million Lottery Aims To Use Money To Fight Poverty

Pearlie Mae Smith (far right) and her children won the Powerball jackpot.

We’ve all fantasized about what we’d do if a few million dollars just found its way into our lives. For the Smith family of Trenton, New Jersey, philanthropy was at the top of their list after they won a $429 million Powerball jackpot last year.

At a post-win press conference last May, the family, which consists of Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven children, said they planned to spend their earnings on their community ― and they meant it.

“It was like affirmation from God because we each have dreams that we want to fulfill in this life, and do for our community and do for each other and for our families and we have been funded to do that,” Smith’s daughter Valerie Arthur said during last year’s press conference, which you can watch above.

The eight-person Smith family chose to collect their winnings in a lump sum as opposed to yearly installments, with each receiving about $25 million after…

Woman Plunges 6 Feet Down Open New Jersey Cellar

Surveillance video shows the shocking moment a New Jersey woman plunges head-first down open basement stairs in downtown Plainfield.

The unidentified 67-year-old woman sustained serious injuries as she flipped over an open metal access door on the sidewalk leading to the basement of an ACME Windows shop Thursday, authorities said. She fell about 6 feet down the stairs, New York’s NBC Channel 4 reported.

Paramedics and a fire crew lifted her from the basement…

Spilt Milk Closed Down a New Jersey Road

In what would have no doubt become the grossest spill of all time after a few hours under the hot sun, 160 gallons of milk spilled out of a truck Wednesday, closing down a New Jersey road.

According to NorthJersey.com, the spill occurred in Bergenfield, forcing authorities to shut down the stretch of road for clean up. The spill occurred when the truck’s…

8 Heartwarming Animal Retirement Homes

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Among the many animals who need homes are those that are considered “unadoptable” due to old age, illness, or disability. While many would-be pet parents looking for a long-term companion may pass them by, other folks relish the opportunity to care for these animals in need. Those are the founders, volunteers, and donors of specialized shelters that offer a home for the rest of these pets’ lives. We highlighted a few of them in an earlier post; here are eight more animal retirement homes you should know about.

In 1999, upon learning that his beloved 15-year-old cat Tabby had terminal cancer, Jonathan Rosenberg decided to quit his day job and create Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in honor of his beloved pet. Currently, the Ringoes, New Jersey-based organization operates out of a single building with room for up to 95 cats. Rosenberg’s long-term goal is to erect two more buildings on the sanctuary’s eight-acre property—creating enough space to provide forever homes for up to 400 cats that are elderly, disabled, chronically or terminally ill, or in danger of being euthanized at another shelter. A staff of volunteers cares for the cats, some of which are available for adoption.

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, cares for aged, abused, and injured horses. Some are rescued from abusive situations, while others are given over after they reach age 20. However, there is a waiting list for horses that are not in emergency situations. The farm is open for public tours, and also offers internships, volunteer opportunities, and lessons in horse care and horsemanship. To learn more, you can watch this video about Ryerss Farm.

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