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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 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

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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