Millions served

Charity | Community centers launched by McDonald's heiress spread help and hope
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 4/07/07, 12:00 am

SAN DIEGO- Three years old and decked out in a pink and green bikini, Kahmyah Stuart ducks below the surface of a turquoise pool at San Diego's Kroc Center and flippers away like a seal. Trouble is, Kahmyah doesn't know how to swim with her head above water. Neither has she realized the importance of coming up for air. So her grandmother, Kim Ervin, 45, trails her, bounding along the bottom of the pool to be there when Kahmyah, inevitably, pops up sputtering.

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House calls to the homeless

Charity | Missionary doctor Ken McMillan is a one-man ministry among Native Americans in Minnesota
by Noel Piper
Posted 12/23/06, 12:00 am

It's a classic missionary story-dedicated doctor packs his clinic into a bag and bikes to secluded places to provide basic medical care to isolated people in the name of Jesus. But this story has a twist. Dr. Ken McMillan is indeed serving tribal people, but he is in Minneapolis, working among homeless Native Americans.

In 1996, McMillan and his family were forced by war to leave their mission work in Congo (then Zaire). Since they hoped for an early return, McMillan didn't want to get started in private practice in the United States.

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Oversized hammer

Charity | Hurricanes derail Congress from dealing blows to nonprofits
by Joel Belz
Posted 12/24/05, 12:00 am

Charitable organizations of all kinds and all sizes-including hundreds of evangelical Christian groups-are breathing a sigh of relief. A dreaded piece of federal legislation that would have made life harder for nonprofits seems to have been derailed.

Along the way, many conservative groups have found themselves battling a long-time friend-Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), primary sponsor of the unpopular legislation. Only the force and fury of two giant hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, could slow down the powerful senator.

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