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Final Word: I don't care to whom, just give

This photo provided by Scottsdale police, Shanesha Taylor is shown. Taylor, 35, had an important job interview last month at an insurance company across town in Scottsdale. But she couldn't find a babysitter for her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby. She made the decision to leave her children in her Dodge Durango outside the office where she was interviewing with the key still in the ignition. That ill-fated decision landed the mother of two in Maricopa County Superior Court Monday, April 7, 2014, where she was arraigned on two charges of child abuse. Neither Taylor nor her court-appointed attorney has responded to requests for comment. (AP Photo/Scottsdale police)

Maybe you missed the story of Shanesha Taylor.

Taylor is a single mom of two who said she couldn't find a sitter for her kids but she had a job interview a few weeks back. She had been out of work for a while and so she took her kids with her, a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old, and left them in the car outside the building when she went into interview.

A witness saw one of the children crying, and alerted police. Taylor was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of child abuse.

The mug shot of her taken when she was booked moved a lot of people and many have donated money to her cause. So far, more than $95,000 has been raised for this mom, and her bond was paid for by a local church.

Her money problems are gone for the time being, but her legal woes, maybe not.

Which brings up an interesting point:What moves you to give money to a cause?

Taylor's predicament is all too common, and certainly sad, but probably not too relatable. Yet donations are pouring in.

But Taylor is just one single mom in a tough spot. Arizona has thousands just like her. They could all use a little help.

Tuesday at midnight, something called Arizona Gives will begin. It's a 24-hour push to donate to charities online. Not that you SHOULDN'T give to Taylor, but if you are in a giving mood, check it out.

Maybe you are moved by a soldier with a brain injury. Maybe you can't stand the thought of a child going hungry. Or maybe you want to help abandoned animals find a new home.

Whatever it is, you can help, starting Tuesday. Go to azgives.org and check out the nearly 1,000 agencies there. Click on the green button that says "Schedule My Donation" and a whole list of opportunities will pop up.

Help a blind child get cane training. Feed that shelter dog. Make sure that mom who lost her baby has someone to talk to.

You can search by keyword or zip code, whatever. Just do it.

You might find something to fall in love with.

About the Author


Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.

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