5 things you need to know Tuesday, November 28

1. How Charlotteans can get involved on #GivingTuesday

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday helps welcome in the charitable side of the season. 

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is meant to be a day of giving fueled by social media and worldwide collaboration. 

In 2016 #GivingTuesday sparked $168 million in charitable donations worldwide, topping the previous year's tally by 44%. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28th and joining the movement could not be easier. 

The website GivingTuesday.org features a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more ways to donate to your community. The Queen City is also heavily involved in #GivingTuesday. Around 230 non-profit organizations locally are particiating in the 2017 campaign. Click here for the full list.

2. Search for missing NC toddler in Amber Alert continues

There is a statewide Amber Alert search to find a little girl who's missing. Mariah Woods' mother made an emotional plea for her daughter's return Monday night. 

"She is very sweet loving girl," said Kristy Woods, the mother of the missing girl.

Multiple law enforcement agencies across the region are working around the clock to help bring the little girl home, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, who is aware of this toddler's disappearance. Kristy Woods is overwhelmed with emotion as search crews desperately look for her little princess who is missing. 

"She's three years old and goes by Mariah," said Woods. "She has walking difficulties, so please, if anybody sees her." 

Mariah has long brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen Sunday night on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, N.C. The mom says her boyfriend saw the toddler around midnight after he told her to go to bed. Monday morning Mariah was missing. Since then K9 units are sniffing for clues around the trailer where she was last seen. Multiple agencies are helping a mother desperate to find her daughter and to bring her home. Click here to view Mariah's photo.

3. Rock Hill vet saves dog from being euthanized

When the door swung open, the attention in the room immediately turned. Women swooned, people burst out in cheer, and others rushed forward. While most would think a superstar had just entered Lesslie Animal Hospital, it was just a seven year old Pitbull named Debo. But to the hospital’s staff, Debo is a celebrity.

Debo has become a known and loved patient of Lesslie Animal Hospital. But the first time he stepped through the door, things were much different. Debo was suffering from a number of issues including ear infections, skin problems, heart worms and hook worms. With the massive medical bill, Debo’s former owners had taken him in to be euthanized. But when Dr. Setzer met Debo, he knew right away he was a very special boy.

"He just kind of came in and the whole staff just fell in love with him," Setzer said. "He leaned up against me and he was really sweet, rubbed up against me and just loved him right away."

The veterinarian knew with time, love and care, Debo could become healthy. So, he talked Debo’s owners into signing him over to his hospital.

“They paid us a small portion to kind of help with his medical bills and then we called Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue group to come in and help us out.”

The rescue group didn't think twice about fostering Debo. With Dr. Setzer's help, the seven year old Pitbull has made enormous strides in his recovery. But Debo is still struggling. Click here for details.

4. Senate takes up tax bill as Trump pays visit

President Trump meets with congressional leaders Tuesday as they wrestle with tax reform and other thorny issues. With the Senate set to press forward with its tax overhaul plan, Trump may use a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans to press wavering GOP members to fall in line. Trump will also meet with Senate and House leaders of both parties on what a Trump spokesperson called "year-end issues," the most pressing of which is keeping the government open. Funding for federal agencies will run out on Dec. 8, so lawmakers need to pass a new spending bill before then to prevent a shutdown.

5. Teens charged in connection with spree of business break-ins

Two teenagers are under arrest after a series of business break-ins and a wild ride overnight. Police said the 16-year-old suspects, identified as Lamariay Witherspoon and Douglas Mobley, crashed a vehicle in Huntersville after police tried to initiate a traffic stop. 

Both teenagers were taken into custody, after a dozen business burglaries in Ballantyne and Huntersville early Monday morning. Now, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is trying to identify two other suspects in the case. CMPD is working with several other agencies to see if that group is responsible for even more crimes in other parts of the region. 

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