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Patagonia to donate $10 million from Black Friday revenue

Before Thanksgiving, outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia promised to donate 100 percent of its Black Friday sales revenue to  "grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations."

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The company expected to reach $2 million in sales online and across its 80 stores, but that goal was met many times over -- five times to be exact. 

The company sold $10 million worth of merchandise. 

"We're humbled to report the response was beyond expectations ... Patagonia reached a record-breaking $10 million in sales," the company said in a statement. "The enormous love our customers showed to the planet on Black Friday enables us to give every penny to hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations working around the world." 

Lisa Pike Sheehy, vice president of environmental activism at Patagonia, told CNN that the decision to donate the funds to hundreds of environment-conscious organizations across the country came after Election Day.

"This is a difficult and divisive time for our country. I believe the environment is something we can all come together on," Sheehy said. "Environmental values are something we all embrace."

"The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, of every demographic, in every part of the country," CEO Rose Marcario said in a Nov. 21 statement. "We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment." 

The funds raised on Black Friday will go to environmental groups in more than 20 countries. 

"The majority of the grantees are grassroots environmental nonprofit organizations working to address the effects of climate change and other issues affecting our planet," a spokeswoman for the company said. "(Most) of them are local and underfunded and they are in countries and communities where Patagonia has people on the ground -- from Ventura, California, to Osaka, Japan. It will take six to 18 months to disburse the funds." 

Inventor fights 'porch pirates' stalking on 'package theft Wednesday'

Now that "Cyber Monday" is in the rear view mirror, police are warning people to be on the lookout for thieves marking their calendars for "Package Theft Wednesday," which is the first day many of those Cyber Monday deliveries will be made.

A Seattle inventor who came up with an idea for a device with an app -- which notifies when packages delivered -- and when that package is moved, is now shipping the device all over the country as fast as his company can build them. 

"People are even stealing packages on bikes. They're riding on their bikes going up to the porch, and stealing the packages," said Mike Grabham, who invented "The Package Guard" after he was victimized by package thieves. 

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In ten months the idea has gone from prototype to mass production. 

The device (which is the size of a frisbee) when placed on a porch or doorway, is activated when a package is placed on top of it. 

"The app on your phone alert you that you've had a package delivered," said Grabham.  

If the package is lifted or moved before the app is disarmed, an extremely loud shrill alarm sounds until the person using the app deactivates it. 

"It's really loud it's about 100 decibels, so your neighbors are also alerted," he said.

Grabham's vision is for thieves (he calls them "Porch Pirates") to regard the device as a very loud deterrent. 

"If the thieves keep moving, when they see this, we win," he said."

Grabham says he can also envision a day when his product will work with Amazon's drone package deliveries of the future. 

"We're already working on that," he said. 

Dog who loves Santa toy gets to meet the real thing

Christmas came early for one dog this year.

ABC News reported that Kya, a 1-year-old shiba inu that belongs to Orlando, Florida, siblings John, 16; Christina, 18; and Angelina Montaldo, 19, is particularly fond of her Santa plush toy.

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"Last year we got her (this toy) at the dollar store when we first got her," John told ABC News. "She just always liked that one and bit his beard and stuff."

Angelina told BuzzFeed News that Kya, who has her own Instagram page, loves the toy so much, they have an extra one.

"She really loves her Santa, and she has to have it year-round," Angelina, said. "Whenever we come home, she brings it to us."

So this year, when they found out their local mall was offering pet photos with Santa, they surprised their dog with a visit.

John tweeted about the photo Tuesday and it has almost 90,000 retweets and nearly 150,000 likes.

"Once she first saw him, she was getting really excited," John told ABC News. "She was super calm and looking at him amazed."

"She just sat there and looked at him," Angelina told BuzzFeed. "She usually misbehaves when we take her to Petsmart, but she was behaving for Santa."

Secret Santa drops $1K gold coin in red kettle for what might be second year in a row

The Salvation Army Corps of Springfield, Ohio, got a kick start to its holiday fundraising when they found a gold coin worth $1,000 in one of its red kettles.

It’s the second time in two years that a South African gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill has been dropped in a red kettle at the Kroger store on Bechtle Avenue, Salvation Army Resource Developer Ryan Ray said.

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Around the same time last year, a gold coin valued at $1,200 was dropped in the bucket, Ray said.

The Salvation Army never figured out who dropped the coin, he said.

The Red Kettle Campaign kicked off on Nov. 4 and runs through Christmas Eve.

More than 800 Clark County families signed up for Christmas assistance through the Springfield Salvation Army office this year, Ray said.

Money raised in the kettles goes toward community programming for the Salvation Army throughout the year. The organization says that for every dollar donated to the Salvation Army in Clark County, 83 cents goes back to the community.

Giving Tuesday offers a chance to pay it forward

You’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now how about a day to really get in the holiday spirit?

In this case, the spirit of giving. During Giving Tuesday, the consumer focus will shift from shopping to charity.

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This is the fourth year for Giving Tuesday, a global philanthropic campaign to inspire people to donate to charities close to home and around the world. It’s also an unofficial kickoff to the charitable giving season when many people focus on end-of-the-year giving.

It’s also become a social media campaign, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. It’s not just about giving but service and volunteering as well.

Giving Tuesday was created by 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City that raising awareness around the concept of service and giving back, whether money or time. Last year, more than an estimated $46 million was raised for charities worldwide.

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Video shows ransacked Nike store on Black Friday

Black Friday can be an exciting time for consumers hoping to take advantage of great deals, but it can also be an intimidating day for those who work in retail.

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The Seattle Premium Outlets were packed with shoppers on Black Friday, but the Nike factory store in Tulaip, Washington, wasn't prepared for the mayhem that took place. 

On a typical day, this is what the store looks like:

A photo posted by Northwest Kicks (@northwest.kicks) on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:59am PST

But after Black Friday, when shoppers ransacked the store while trying on shoes and snagging deals, the store looked much different.

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Customer Larry Downer, of Seattle, recorded video of the mayhem.

"The wake of consumerism at the Nike Factory Store is savage," Downer wrote on Facebook on Friday. "Found ... some basketball shoes, saved a lady from drowning in a sea of orange boxes and sprained my neck from shaking my head so much. Yikes."

The wake of consumerism at the #Nike Factory Store is savage.  Found Davis some basketball shoes, saved a lady from...Posted by Larry Downer on Friday, November 25, 2016

Downer told BuzzFeed News that he went to the store to buy basketball sneakers for his son.

"I thought there was an earthquake that happened," he said. "It was unreal ... People were just kicking stuff out of the way."

A store employee told Buzzfeed the scene was "Jurassic Park crazy" and said that nearly 20,000 people visited the store Thursday night for Black Friday deals.

Florida boy calls 911, invites deputies to Thanksgiving dinner

A boy named Billy from Walton County, Florida, called 911 to invite deputies to Thanksgiving dinner – and put a smile on everyone’s faces as a result.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, while it doesn't encourage this use of 911 in the future, was pleased to take Billy's call.

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“With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis, this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile,” Lead Communications Officer Monica Webster said.

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Billy got a visit from deputies Damon Byrd and Aaron Etheridge, a cool picture behind the wheel of a police car and a sheriff’s badge.Read more here.

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BOY CALLS 911 TO INVITE WCSO FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER A little boy melted all the hearts in Walton County Sheriff's...Posted by Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. on Thursday, November 24, 2016

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While some celebrate Black Friday, others recognize Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. 

But some people intentionally avoid the sales for a specific reason. 

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Some consumers have dubbed the day after Thanksgiving "Buy Nothing Day." 

According to Adbusters, an anti-consumerism magazine, the day has been acknowledged since the 1990s and is observed in an effort to protest consumerism. 

The group encourages people to "keep in mind that an object will never make you happy" and to "take a stand against corporate domination" by not shopping and "rediscovering what it means to live freely."

"Buy Nothing Day isn't just about changing your habits for one day. It is about rediscovering what it means to live freely," Adbusters says. "Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016, for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination."

The organization encouraged people to organize credit card cut ups and "zombie walks" through local malls.

Some people took to Twitter saying Black Friday is an ironic and commercialized day when people buy things they don't need after celebrating the things they're thankful for.

Hillary Clinton spotted Thanksgiving shopping in New York

Zuri Davis contributed to this report.

Millions of people sat down with their families Thursday to enjoy Thanksgiving meals with their families, and Hillary Clinton was no exception. 

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The former Democratic presidential nominee, her husband and former president Bill, daughter Chelsea, and grandson, Aiden, were spotted inside of the Chappaqua Village Market on Wednesday afternoon. 

Hillary Clinton posed for some pictures with her fellow shoppers, who didn't expect to see the familiar face while gathering last minute holiday items.

Me and my girl A photo posted by Isaiah Jack Frankel (@isaiah_frankel) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:02pm PST

"They were so relaxed and shopping for Thanksgiving dinner at the local village market," Brittany Valente, 25, told NBC News. "They were so nice talking to everyone, wishing them happy holidays and at one point, Hillary said, 'We must stay strong together no matter what. Thank you for your support.'"

Valente, who said she has seen the Clintons around town before, said running into the family is always special.

"She was very happy, relaxed-looking," Linda Bosco, who also snapped a photo with the former presidential candidate, told The Telegraph. "She was with Bill, Chelsea, Marc, and her two grandchildren. The store was crowded with people picking up their Thanksgiving orders. She was very cordial, talking to people and taking a few photos, but was concentrating on her grandchildren as the store got more crowded."

Grocery store owner Vinny Milazzo said that the Clintons have been regulars since 1998.

Dear Hillary, Thank you for everything you do and have done for this country and the world. You are an idol and inspiration to all young woman and I aspire to have your tenacity and strength. I hope you got your eggs. Love, Arielle A photo posted by Arielle Smith (@arielle_smith) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:27pm PST

Ivanka Trump shares family photos on Thanksgiving

Nicole Moschella contributed to this report.

The daughter of President-elect Donald Trump shared a few photos of her family on Thanksgiving Thursday.  

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Ivanka Trump took to Instagram to post a photo with husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children: Arabella Rose Kushner, Joseph Frederick Kushner and Theodore James Kushner. The children range in age from 8 months old to 5 years old. 

"I feel incredibly blessed and thankful on this Thanksgiving day," Ivanka wrote. 

I feel incredibly blessed and thankful on this #Thanksgiving day. Wishing you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving! A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 24, 2016 at 1:26pm PST

She also posted a picture of Kushner watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with 3-year-old Joseph. 

Watching the parade. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!  #thanksgiving #happythanksgiving #macys #macysthanksgivingdayparade A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 24, 2016 at 6:35am PST

Two other recent photos posted to Ivanka's Instagram show Joseph and Arabella volunteering in their communities. 

Ivanka wrote that the family served pre-Thanksgiving meals to the homeless ahead of the holiday, and she posted a photo of Arabella raking leaves in Central Park last week as a part of her school's "Keeping it Green" field trip initiative.

Thank you Project Ore / UJA  for allowing Joseph, Arabella and me to volunteer with you today and serve pre-Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. Thank you for the great work that you do each and every day! #givethanks #thanksgiving A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 20, 2016 at 5:17pm PST

Loved being Arabella's kindergarten class parent chaperone on her school's "Keeping it Green" field trip to Central Park last week! A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:01pm PST

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