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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Not sure what to do with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers this year?

Leah Cohen, a "Top Chef" alumna and the owner of the New York City eatery Pig and Khao, shared this original recipe for a savory pie that uses all your Thanksgiving leftovers.

"This is a great way to utilize all of your leftovers," she said of the dish, which she described as "a cross between a shepherd's pie and a chicken or turkey pot pie."

"As a chef, I see so much food being just thrown out," she added, saying the savory pie is a good option to help combat food waste.

Cohen, who also works with Meals on Wheels, said, "I love going and helping the elderly and bringing them food and just making the holiday times really nice for them."

She encouraged getting creative with personal touches in the kitchen when trying this recipe at home.

"This is kind of a no-brainer. There's no mistakes here," Cohen said. "So whatever you have left over, you can throw in."

The recipe for Leah Cohen's Thanksgiving leftovers shepherd's pie:


6 cups leftover stuffing
2 cups leftover shredded turkey (white and dark meat both work fine)
1 cup sausage and mushroom side dish
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups gravy or turkey stock
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup scallions (just the green parts, sliced thinly)
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the inside of a casserole pan or aluminum pan with nonstick spray and work the stuffing into the pan, forming a crust covering the bottom and sides of the dish.

2. Bake the crust for 5 minutes.

3. While the crust is baking, in a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the flour to make a roux. Cook for 3 minutes to a golden blond.

4. Slowly whisk in the stock or gravy and bring to a boil.

5. Add the turkey and the sausage and mushroom side dish. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to blend.

6. Once the mixture thickens, add half the scallions. Stir. Remove from heat.

7. Remove pan from oven. Pour the turkey mix into the crust.

8. Top with the mashed potatoes and then top with the cheese.

9. Return the pan to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, until the cheese melts. If you like your cheese browned, put it under the broiler for the last three minutes, but be careful not to burn it.

10. Allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it. Garnish with the remaining sliced scallions.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Thanksgiving may be over, but turkeys are still on the minds of some Bay Area residents who say they have become a nuisance.

Wild turkeys have been spotted strolling through residential neighborhoods, and some have reported the birds are blocking traffic, scratching roofs and cars and getting aggressive.

"To have a turkey flying at you, they're like a 30-pound bird. It's kinda scary," San Francisco resident Nate Wells told ABC News.

"They're just in everybody's yards. Kinda everywhere," Wells added. "We're in turkey country!"

Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in a tweet that she has also had run-ins with the birds.

Residents have reported that the birds are roosting on roofs, tearing up gardens and defecating on lawns, but the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife mandates that wild turkeys can only be hunted with a license during turkey-hunting season, or removed with a special permit.

The CDFW recommends that residents avoid feeding the birds and use motion-detected sprinklers to keep them out of their yards. The agency also said that an open umbrella can help steer a wild turkey that has lost its fear of humans away from people.

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Kate McClure(NEW YORK) -- A young woman has raised over $300,000 for a homeless man who, she said, spent his last $20 to buy her gas after she became stranded on a major interstate.

On a fundraising page she has since set up for the man, Kate McClure, 27, wrote that she pulled off an exit ramp on I-95 near Philadelphia late one night when she realized her car was running out of gas.

A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, 34, spotted her vehicle and approached to offer her assistance, she said.

"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong," McClure wrote. "He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can."

Bobbitt, who McClure said she later learned is a Marine Corps veteran and a former firefighter, had used his last $20 to buy her gas. Wanting to repay him for his kindness, she started a GoFundMe page to share the story and raise funds for him.

She has since taken him essentials to stay warm and repaid him for the gas, and her GoFundMe page has raised more than $300,000 — far more than her $10,000 goal. She wrote that she would like to use the funds to help him rent an apartment, get a reliable vehicle and cover four to six months' worth of expenses.

McClure posted an update explaining Bobbitt's plans for the ever-growing funds. "The second we told Johnny about this, his first thought was to pay forward the pay it forward. He is fully aware of the worldwide interest in this over the last few days. It will be his decision and his decision only on what organizations and or private parties he decides to help," McClure wrote.

Neither McClure nor Bobbitt immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images(Florence, Italy) -- One of the two American students who accused two Italian police officers of rape in Florence appeared on "Porta a Porta," a much-watched Italian late-night TV news talk show on the Rai Uno channel Thursday night.

Introduced to the audience by the alias Mary, her face appeared digitally blurred and her voice was dubbed into Italian. The first half-hour of the program was dedicated to the case, which revolves around the alleged Sept. 7 assault against a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old studying abroad in Italy.

On the program, the 20-year-old student answered a number of questions with short, calm answers about what she says happened that night. Asked if they drank a lot that night, she answered "not that much." She said they met the officers that night as they couldn't get a taxi and had asked a group of six Carabinieri -- members of a national paramilitary police force -- for help.

The officers tried to phone for a taxi, according to the 20-year-old. Two of the officers stayed after the others left and these two offered to give them a lift home, she said.

She remembered that the ride took about 20 minutes and that the two officers spoke to each other in Italian, which the two students didn’t speak. She said once they arrived at their home, the two officers offered to "continue to help us" and "after we had said thank you very much we tried to leave them."

When asked whether she found the officer who allegedly raped her sexy, liked him, or was interested in him, she said he reminded her of her grandfather and "not even in hell would I have let him touch me."

She did not describe the alleged rape but said it took place on the third-floor landing. She declined to answer if the officer got violent with her but says he made her do things she didn’t want to do. It took about 20 minutes before she could get into her apartment, she said. She grabbed her friend, who she said was also crying and "dragged her into the apartment."

"I ran away before they could say anything," she said. "Then I went to my friends and called my father in America. He told me to stay calm and call for help." She said she called her school's emergency number and they sent someone to her apartment. Asked at the end of the interview if she would come back to Italy, she answered that she loved Italy and doesn’t blame the country for what happened.

Yesterday, the two American students returned to Florence to repeat their accusations in a pretrial, closed-door hearing.

The hearing lasted for 12 hours, ending well into the night. During the hearing, in which the two women faced extensive questioning posed via a translator by the officers' defense lawyers, prosecutor and judge, they alleged the two uniformed officers offered to accompany the students home in their patrol car that night after meeting them outside a nightclub and then raped them in the lobby and elevator of the house, where they were staying during their semester abroad in Florence.

Lawyers for the two women said it had been a long, tense and difficult ordeal for their clients. The 21-year old student answered questions for seven hours and the 19-year-old for more than five. One of the officers' defense lawyers had prepared over 250 questions for each student but only about a third were allowed by the judge.

As is the case for most rape cases in Italy, the pre-trial closed hearing took place in a special secure courthouse in which the two American students, along with the judge and translator were shielded and kept apart from all others in the courtroom. Neither of the two students could hear each other’s testimony. The prosecutor, lawyers for the defense and the two American students along with just one of the police officers -- the other one chose not to be present -- were in another room and could communicate via audio and video link. The need for translation added to the length of the proceedings.

Lawyers for the two Americans, Gabriele Zanobini and Francesca D’Alessandro, told reporters once the hearing was over that there had been “dramatic moments” during both the depositions. Zanobini, who represents the 19-year-old student said "It was an exhausting day for the two women which I would never have expected to assist. My client nearly fainted afterwards and the other cried. Most of the questions posed by the defense lawyers were irrelevant and did not change the accusations but reinforced them."

Giorgio Carta, the lawyer for one of the accused police officers was adamant that his client along with his patrol-car superior had no reason to apologize to the two women as he insisted that the sexual intercourse in both cases had been consensual. He said that two off-duty officers "were silly to put the students into their patrol car to accompany them home."

Lab tests taken in hospital a number of hours after the alleged rape still showed both women with very high alcohol levels in their blood. Both students have admitted to consuming alcohol that night.

Ahead of the hearing, the two women, along with their relatives, were driven into the bunker area around the courtroom in darkened vans via a secondary entrance far from the media which was kept away from the building and on the street throughout the whole hearing. The lawyers said only a few brief pauses were granted during the hearing which ended at 10.30 p.m.

Both students are believed to have already left Florence.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Memorial services will be held Friday for the Border Patrol agent who died while on duty last Sunday.

The death of Rogelio Martinez, 36, remains somewhat of a mystery to investigators, who are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case.

Martinez and a fellow agent were discovered at the bottom of a ravine in Texas after they had responded to a sensor triggered in the area, law enforcement sources told ABC News. The fellow agent, who has not been named, was only injured, and he has since been released from the hospital.

On Monday, authorities were open to the possibility that the two agents had inadvertently slipped into the ravine because of a lack of concrete evidence, the sources said.

During a press conference on Tuesday, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Emerson Buie, Jr. said the agency was investigating the case as a "potential assault on federal officers" and appealed to the public to call in with any tips.

President Donald Trump said Monday that the agents had been "brutally attacked." When asked if Trump was correct in the description, Buie said Tuesday that he had not briefed the president on the case. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also referred to the injuries the agents sustained as an "attack."

Services will be held for Martinez Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving marks the 64th day since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving behind a trail of at least 50 deaths, thousands of displaced residents and a severely damaged electrical grid that still is in a dire state.

The office of Governor Ricardo Rossello on Thursday released a new batch of figures which illustrate that the U.S. commonwealth is still reeling from the strongest storm to hit the island in 80 years:

  • 51 percent of the electrical grid is generating power; there is no figure on how many people have power


  • 89.74 percent of residents have access to drinking water


  • 1,385 people remain in 46 shelters


  • 75.5 percent of telecommunications have been restored

Taking into consideration the impact the aforementioned figures have on daily life, many residents are not in a celebratory mood, even though the holiday season has kicked off.

Jose Morales, a 74-year-old legally blind resident of Yabucoa, told CNN, "This year there will be no Christmas. Those who can, will enjoy the holidays. We can't. We'll be here. Living in fear, living in danger."

Morales' 67-year-old sister, Paula Morales, has no electricity. She echoed her brother's sentiment, adding, "I can't think about the holidays right now. I have too many worries."

Despite the gloomy -- albeit improved -- state of affairs, Thanksgiving has inspired many instances of goodwill on the island.

Celebrity chef Jose Andres, for example, prepared 40,000 Thanksgiving meals for Puerto Ricans on Thursday, which the Michelin-starred culinary wizard documented on Twitter. He posted videos of photos of himself and his staff -- who began their day at 4 a.m. -- preparing whole turkeys, turkey breasts, corn, potatoes and cranberries.

According to Andres, he and his staff cooked 12,000 turkey breasts and 100 whole turkeys.

Andres' #ChefsForPuertoRico initiative is part of his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, which has prepared more than 2.3 million for Puerto Ricans since Maria hammered the island. They are delivering meals across Puerto Rico.

"I am thankful to our #ChefsForPuertoRico team who has cooked for the wonderful Punta Santiago community for the past 50 days," Andres tweeted, along with a pair of photos of him serving food to residents. "Was a pleasure to join you with my family to serve #Thanksgiving lunch!"

In Loiza, residents still don't have electricity or water, but thanks to Andres, they had a hot meal. "Today in Loiza in the the Barrio Vieques, by the sea, locals still have no electricity or water. So hot thanksgiving meals were a necessity not just a celebration," he tweeted.

And at Emergency Stop and Go community relief centers across Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving meals were served to locals on Wednesday and Thursday. Gov. Rossello visited a center in San Juan on Wednesday, and sat and ate a meal with residents. The Emergency Stop and Go centers are run in coordination with municipalities, community leaders, private companies and the Office of First Lady Beatriz Rossello.

Volunteers from La Fondita de Jesus, a non-profit organization that works with the homeless in Puerto Rico, also handed out Thanksgiving meals to homeless people in San Juan on Wednesday.

Also giving thanks in Puerto Rico are the hundreds of utility workers from New York State who were sent to the island to help restore power.

"I want to give my special thanks to the more than 350 New York utility workers who are spending their Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico helping to restore the power grid. Your hard work makes us proud," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Thursday.

ConEd, a utility company serving New York City and Westchester County, produced a YouTube of its employees sending their Thanksgiving greetings to their family back in New York.

ConEd also tweeted a video of one of its logistical support employees, Leo Daly, surprising his Puerto Rican family on Thanksgiving.

In a Thanksgiving message, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne said he was "humbled" by the dedication of FEMA workers in Puerto Rico.

“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful for all that we have accomplished," Byrne said in a statement. I’m humbled by the capacity and commitment to service of the team working with the people of Puerto Rico. Tomorrow we will give thanks, and then we’ll roll up our sleeves and get back to work.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas Department of Public Safety police officer was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving while conducting a routine traffic stop in Freestone County, authorities said. Freestone County is about 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

According to Texas DPS officials, trooper Damon Allen was returning to his patrol vehicle at about 4 p.m. following the stop when he was shot by a rifle. Allen was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The suspect, 32-year-old Dabrett Montreal Black, fled the scene before being arrested around 9 p.m. in Waller County, just northeast of Houston. Black was taken into custody without incident and is now receiving treatment for a canine bite, police said.

Shortly after news of Allen’s death was released Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement expressing his condolences to the officer’s family, writing on Twitter, “Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty. Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer.”

Officials confirmed that Black has a previous criminal history, including drug possession, evading arrest and violence toward law enforcement.

The Denton County District Attorney’s office released a statement on Twitter while the manhunt was still underway, saying, “His arrest history includes violence toward law enforcement officers. We must catch him soon.”

In July, CBS19 in Tyler, Texas reported that Black was jailed in Smith County after a car chase with deputies. The chase ended when Black struck a patrol vehicle, injuring both himself and a deputy. Neither was seriously injured. Black was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant and reckless driving.

“Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty,” DPS officer Steven McGraw said in a statement. “Highway Patrol Trooper Allen was a loving husband and father of three. ... Trooper Allen’s dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day will never be forgotten.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A FedEx employee was killed early Thursday morning at the shipper's hub at Tennessee's Memphis International Airport while loading and unloading cargo from a Boeing 777, the company has confirmed to ABC News.

Police were called to the airport shortly after 12:30 a.m. about an accidental injury, and found the dead female employee under a motorized conveyer belt system, ABC affiliate WATN reported. The employee's identity has not been released.

"Words cannot convey the sadness we feel over the loss of our team member in an accident at the Memphis hub," FedEx said in a statement. "Our prayers are with our colleague's family, friends, and co-workers. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."

The NTSB is investigating, as are state labor officials. According to WATN, the state investigation will take eight to ten weeks to complete and likely include interviews with other FedEx employees and a review of company protocol and procedures.

This incident marks the third time in less than four years that a FedEx worker has been killed on the job.

Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the airport, said in a statement, according to WATN, "We at the Memphis International Airport are deeply saddened by the news of the fatal accident that occurred at the FedEx hub early this morning. Our hearts go out to this employee's family, friends and co-workers."

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Abbie Hubbard(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- It's well known that dogs are a human's best friend. But in the case of Minnow, a rescue dog, she's also a turkey's best friend.

Minnow, a 3-year-old sapsali, belongs to Abbie Hubbard, who is also foster "mom" to 10-week-old Blossom, a rescue turkey that came to her at 5 weeks old. Blossom was rescued from a slaughterhouse after workers moving turkeys inadvertently left her behind.

"I brought Blossom home and let her out of her carrier, where Minnow was waiting for her," Hubbard, 40, told ABC News. "Minnow immediately went to Blossom and gave her a nudge and a kiss. Blossom seemed immediately comfortable with Minnow, and after exploring Minnow's soft bed, she went to Minnow and cuddled up to her.

"Later, I was snuggling with Minnow, and Blossom seemed to understand that I could be a source of comfort too. So she came and snuggled up next to me. I'll never forget that moment."

Blossom isn't Minnow's first fowl friend. Hubbard previously fostered a chick named Chickpea. Chickpea now resides at a local farm, a better environment than Hubbard's townhouse in Northern Virginia.

"Minnow and Blossom are constant companions, and Blossom still takes comfort from Minnow," Hubbard said.

The threesome often spend their days in the backyard or on the couch together.

"If something scares Blossom," Hubbard said, "she looks to Minnow and takes her cues from her. On Halloween night, Blossom was unsure about the first few groups of children that came to our door. She would run and hide. Once she noticed Minnow greeting the kids and wagging excitedly at the door, Blossom stopped hiding and joined in the fun."

Hubbard said she hopes the happiness that Minnow and Blossom radiate "makes people stop and think about all life."

"Farmed animals have feelings, just as our companion animals do. They can nourish our souls far more than any meal ever would," she added. "If nothing else, I hope that they see that kindness exists in all souls and that their encounter with Minnow and Blossom inspires them to extend kindness to others."

Soon, Blossom will go to live at the same farm where Chickpea resides. "I know that Minnow will feel the loss when Blossom moves to the farm, but together, we will console each other and then fill that hole with another little soul who could use our help."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ten years ago, Kayzel Sangalang was living in the Philippines and wondering where her next meal would come from.

"I remember not having food in my house," she said.

Her parents had left for the U.S. years earlier, leaving behind their children as they tried to build a better life.

"They came [to New York] when I was 7. It was hard for my siblings. They were only like 2 and 1 at the time," she said.

Then, one day, the call came: Sangalang and her siblings would be reuniting with their parents in New York City.

"I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Dec. 12, 2007," she recalled. "We came here. It was cold -- we never experienced cold -- and two days later, we experienced snow. It was like the most amazing thing ever!"

But the transition wasn't easy. Sangalang was a high school student at the time and did not speak English.

"I had to learn by like watching TV," said Sangalang, who's now pursuing a marketing degree. "I'm thankful every day that I'm here in America."

This Thanksgiving season, few people have adopted holiday traditions more proudly -- and have more to be thankful for -- than immigrant communities.

In the diverse borough of Queens, New York, 48 percent of residents were born in another country and many of them are starting the journey to citizenship.

Several times a year, City University of New York goes into neighborhoods and puts out a call to neighbors: If you're eligible for citizenship, today's the day. The program is called CUNY Citizenship Now.

"We actually give them an appointment so they know what to bring," said CUNY Now's Monique Francis. "If they come prepared with a green card, a passport, the basic documents, we can actually take them in."

The New York Historical Society is one of several groups partnering with CUNY Citizenship Now to help immigrants navigate the road ahead. There are language tutors, lawyers and volunteers who are mostly immigrants themselves.

"Doing these events, it's amazing, like you just don't expect to hear the stories that you do, some of them really sad, some of them very hopeful," Francis said.

Mary Louise Charles of Dominica said she'd been in the U.S. for five years, the minimum required to be eligible.

"As the oldest and the person who's here and doing much better than my people [back] home, it is my priority to look back and pull up the rest," she said. "A lot of my people are without homes, without food, without clothing. ... Life in Dominica was very hard."

During Hurricane Maria, entire neighborhoods in Dominica were wiped off the map. The island's agriculture sector was destroyed. Even the prime minister had to bunk with friends after the roof of his home was torn off during the storm.

Charles, whose next step is taking the citizenship test, said she looked forward to celebrating Thanksgiving.

"The amount of food and family and friends, just the whole experience of it, I loved it," she said. "It's one of my favorite holidays right now."

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Garland Miller(WASHINGTON) -- Garland Miller has spent her career crunching numbers.

Her successful bookkeeping company handles clients across Washington, D.C., including a woman who made custom clothes for disabled war veterans.

One day, Miller asked whether she could offer the veterans some extra cash to help them get back on their feet.

"I asked her, 'What if I start giving one person $500' -- and this was me individually -- and she said, 'No, give money to five people, $100.' And I go '$100? We throw away $100.' And she said, 'No, that means a lot to them.' So I started giving money personally. And I started getting these wonderful letters thanking me and [sharing] how it changed their life," Miller said.

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She said that one such letter had told her how the recipient had been able to bring their father up on a bus to visit them because they didn't have any money.

"So one day I was on a walk and [it] just came to me: I could start a foundation," Miller said.

So, she did and she called it the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund. She got help from her lawyer, graphic artist and webmaster clients, who all provided their expertise and training free of charge.

The recovery fund uses none of its donations to run the charity, which Miller said was unheard of. Miller also said the donations had all come from word of mouth.

"From there, I said: 'Oh, I'll get $25,000.' And then I said, 'Oh, maybe I'll get $50,000.' And now it's grown that we've given out close to $900,000 to the wounded because we have no overhead," she said.

When Fleet Marine Force Corpsman Joey De Prisco returned home from war with a traumatic brain injury and very little money, his physical therapist told him about Miller's fund.

"She pulled out this little, nifty little card and she [his therapist] was like, 'Fill out this card and she'll send you a check. No questions asked,'" he said.

The father of twin sons in Annapolis, Maryland, said he got the check immediately.

"I was astonished," De Prisco said. "Every dollar literally went to baby supplies. We needed car seats. We needed everything."

More than 30,000 U.S. veterans returned home wounded in Iraq. Miller's fund wants to help all of them. It's an ambitious goal for a one-woman front office.

"We usually bring in between [$80,000] and $100,000 a year," she said. "My goal next year is to get to that million that we've given out to the wounded. Now that only covers maybe 3,500 wounded.

"There were 50,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and they're still getting wounded there," she added. "So I have a long way to go."

In Kansas City, Missouri, Sgt. Travis Stover received a $300 check when he reached his lowest point recovering from his war injuries.

"I just sort of lost all hope and was in a bad place," Stover said. "At the time, where I feel like I was kicked down in the trenches and nobody was there to help me out, there was a few people that gave their hand out and helped lift me out. ... The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund was one of those organizations."

He said the few hundred dollars had made a difference in his life.

"Having your medical bills paid or whatever you spend that money on -- maybe enjoying a nice meal at McDonald's with your kids -- vets can't believe it," he said.

Miller said the foundation had changed her life.

"I realize I can't complain. All the people that I meet put me in a good mood," she said.

De Prisco now has a successful business that allows him to give back to the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund. And, across the U.S., Stover has recovered and runs his own business.

"God bless her [Miller]. She donates all of her life and her time. I don't know where she gets all the energy because I don't even have that much energy," De Prisco said.

Miller said she hopes Americans check out Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund and consider donating.

"It is just a joy for me to do what I can do," she said.

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GoFundMe/Kate McClure(PHILADELPHIA) -- A young woman has raised over $160,000 for a homeless man who, she said, spent his last $20 to buy her gas after she became stranded on a major interstate.

On a fundraising page she has since set up for the man, Kate McClure, 27, wrote that she pulled off an exit ramp on I-95 near Philadelphia late one night when she realized her car was running out of gas.

A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, 34, spotted her vehicle and approached to offer her assistance, she said.

"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong," McClure wrote. "He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can."

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Bobbitt, who McClure said she later learned is a Marine Corps veteran and a former firefighter, had used his last $20 to buy her gas. Wanting to repay him for his kindness, she started a GoFundMe page to share the story and raise funds for him.

She has since taken him essentials to stay warm and repaid him for the gas, and her GoFundMe page has raised more than $160,000 — far more than her $10,000 goal. She wrote that she would like to use the funds to help him rent an apartment, get a reliable vehicle and cover four to six months' worth of expenses.

Neither McClure nor Bobbitt immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps the most daunting thing about Thanksgiving is not navigating the travel, the traffic or the mountains of food, but rather navigating the dinner conversation while keeping the peace.

"Remember that you can endure just about anything for one day, and that includes uncomfortable family settings," Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, told ABC News. "Keep your head high and let any annoyances roll off your back rather than letting them provoke you into an argument."

She added, "If possible, seat yourself with family with whom you can share a pleasant conversation without unwanted interjections, and focus on enjoying the celebrations rather than avoiding particular people."

Schweitzer shared with ABC News her expert tips for keeping the peace at the holiday dinner table:

Play it safe

Stick with neutral conversational starters that won’t provoke a heated debate, such as sports, movies or upcoming holiday plans, Schweitzer suggests. "When you steer clear of hot topics such as politics or religion, you reduce the risk of clashing opinions. If someone brings up a sensitive subject at the table, politely change the topic or offer a gentle but firm conversational closer. Try saying something along the lines of, 'That’s an interesting point, but in the spirit of the holiday, let’s avoid discussing that at the table.

Select seats carefully

"If you’re hosting the event, consider a seating arrangement to avoid age-old disputes between Cousin Nancy and Uncle Ned,” she said. “Seat guests in conflict on opposite ends of the table, and place yourself near the center so that you can mediate the conversation if needed."

Schweitzer also suggested keeping "taboo topics" off the table this holiday season. These include:

Politics: "Political conversations are infamous for disrupting the peace at family dinners and family gatherings," she said. "For those with strong opinions, remember there is a time and place for everything. Adulting includes knowing when and what boundaries to respect. This includes refraining from bringing up politics, especially for the sake of peace, the host and the event.”

Prying Questions: "While you may mean well by asking when your niece is planning to have children, or inquiring about someone’s relationship status, personal questions push all the wrong buttons," Schweitzer said. Avoid these kinds of questions and instead ask about their hobbies, their new job or their holiday plans.

Religion: "Like politics, religion can stir up strong beliefs and cause disputes among family members of different faiths or philosophies. If you know you’re hosting guests with varying belief systems, avoid aggravating any tension by asking about the last time they went to church."

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iStock/Thinkstock(YELLVILLE, Ark.) -- Two turkeys that were treated inhumanely just a few weeks ago now have a safe home for the holiday.

At the Turkey Trot in Yellville, Arkansas, held annually in mid-October, several turkeys were thrown from a plane and a rooftop, according to local media reports.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that "several live turkeys were tossed from an airplane." The article went on to add that "turkeys were released from the Marion County Courthouse" roof as well. For more than 50 years, the turkey drops have occurred during the annual Yellville Turkey Trot festival, according to the Democrat-Gazette. The practice has been met with opposition from animal activist groups.

Neither the Yellville Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the Turkey Trot event, nor officials from the Marion County Courthouse responded to ABC News' repeated requests for comment.

For two of the turkeys, there will be a happy ending. The Farm Sanctuary, in Southport, Connecticut, will be their new home.

"The two turkeys, named John and Ringo, are part of a quartet of birds dubbed the 'Fab Four' who were rescued after being found injured and bleeding on the pavement," Meredith Turner-Smith, a spokesperson for the Farm Sanctuary, told ABC News. "The turkeys were [initially] brought to Farm Sanctuary’s shelter in upstate New York, where they received urgent medical care for their injuries. Two [other] birds, Paul and George, are still healing from their wounds."

According to Turner-Smith, domesticated turkeys can only fly short distances, so many die upon impact and broken wings are common.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The majority of the nation will be enjoying a quiet and tranquil Thanksgiving with sunshine spreading across nearly the entire nation -- including the Southwest, the Great Plains, the Midwest, a large portion of the Ohio Valley and the major I-95 corridor cities in the Northeast.

 This quiet weather pattern across a large portion of the nation is actually notable -- this time of year can be quite turbulent with significant winter storm threats.

There are only a couple of notable weather headlines to highlight including record heat in the Southwest, cold in the Northeast and more rain for the Northwest.

Bitter wind chills

In the Northeast, it will be a seasonably chilly start to Thanksgiving. For those heading out to events on Thanksgiving morning it will feel like the 20s in many of the Northeast cities.

It will also be quite chilly in parts of the south this morning with wind chills in the 20s all the way down to Alabama and Mississippi.

Broiling hot Thanksgiving

A warm and mild weather pattern is bringing hot temperatures to parts of the Southwest.

Notable records from Wednesday:

Los Angeles - 93 degrees F (Previous 89 degrees F in 1950)

Long Beach Airport, Calif. - 96 degrees F (Previous 88 degrees F in 2015)

Palm Springs, Calif. - 96 Degrees F (Previous 93 degrees F in 1933)

El Cajon, Calif. - 98 degrees F (Previous 92 degrees F in 2002)

Anaheim, California was the hottest location in the nation on Wednesday, with a high temperature of 100 degrees.

The mild weather has also been stretching north and east into the mountains and Pacific Northwest. It was nearly 70 degrees in Seattle on Wednesday.

 It will be in the upper 80s Thursday across the Arizona deserts, and in the 90s in parts of Southern California. Downtown Los Angeles is forecast to be 90 degrees Thursday. It will be one of the warmest Thanksgivings on record in Southern California. Several daily records will be possible, including Phoenix and Los Angeles.

The heat will slowly ease through the holiday weekend, with the chance for records diminishing each day.

Northwest storm moving in

Heavy rains over the past few days in the Seattle area will continue on Thursday.

First responders rescued a few people in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday as flood waters stranded some drivers on roads in the county. Some rivers remain in minor to moderate flood stage Thanksgiving morning due to excessive rain over the past few days.

Another system is moving into the Northwest Thursday morning and it will bring more rain to parts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Area river flooding is possible through the next few days as an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected. A flood watch remains in effect for parts of the region through Thanksgiving afternoon. There is an isolated threat of landslides in the region due to saturated soils.

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