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Mayors Across the Country Fill Backpacks with Food for Hungry Children

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Mayors in 55 Cities Fill Backpacks with Food for Hungry Children

Originally posted 09/19/2014 06:15PM

Thousands of students across the country this weekend will bring home backpacks filled not just with textbooks, but with plenty of food to carry them through to Monday.

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Heroes Among Us: Meet the 6-Year-Old Cancer Patient Cheering Up Other Sick Kids

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Battling Cancer, Noah Wilson, 6, Collects Superhero Bandages for Sick Kids

Originally posted 09/18/2014 07:45PM

When 6-year-old Noah Wilson was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in April, his parents knew the way to bring a smile to his face: superhero bandages.

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Heroes Among Us: Chicago Firefighter Turns Rescue Trucks into Traveling Memorials

Chris Gantz and Fellow Firefighters Turn 9/11 Fire Rescue Trucks into Traveling Memorials

Originally posted 09/11/2014 02:55PM

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Larry Sullivan, a firefighter with New York City's Rescue 5 in Staten Island, was not on duty.

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Heroes Among Us: How a Displaced Teen's College Dream Came True

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Homeless to Howard: A Displaced Teen's College Dream Comes True

Originally posted 09/04/2014 02:20PM

Growing up poor in Los Angeles, James Ward once lived in a shelter with his mom and two siblings for five months. But he never let go of his dream of going to a top college.

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Heroes Among Us: Michigan Firefighters 'Adopt' Mentally Challenged Man

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Michigan Firefighters 'Adopt' Mentally Challenged Man

Originally posted 08/28/2014 05:50PM

Tony Tumminello has been fascinated by fire engines since he first stopped by his neighborhood fire station in Lansing, Michigan, in 1953 at age 13.

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Heroes Among Us: Illinois Woman Gets Companies to Use Special-Needs Models in Ads

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Katie Driscoll is Changing the Face of Advertising – with Special-Needs Models

Originally posted 08/21/2014 06:00PM

Katie Driscoll calls it a campaign – but others might call it a crusade.

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Heroes Among Us: Blind YMCA Volunteer Teaches Children How to Read

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Meet Jeff Balek – the Blind YMCA Volunteer Who Teaches Children How to Read

Originally posted 08/14/2014 04:00PM

Jeff Balek has never actually seen a book – but that hasn't stopped the blind man from teaching struggling kids how to read.

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Heroes Among Us: Houston Socialite Helps Cops Fight Crime – by Giving Them Dogs!

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Houston Socialite Kristi Schiller Helps Cops – and Dogs! – Fight Crime

Originally posted 08/07/2014 12:20PM

In December 2009, Kristi Schiller saw a story on the local TV news that devastated her.

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Heroes Among Us: Army Major Brings Boy Scouts to Afghan Kids

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Army Major Creates Boy Scout Troops for Children in Afghanistan

Originally posted 07/31/2014 05:45PM

Arriving in Afghanistan in 2010, U.S. Army Maj. Glenn Battschinger, homesick for his two Eagle Scout sons, knew right away how to make a difference.

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Heroes Among Us: Georgia Teens Help the Homeless – with Flip-Flops!

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Flip Flop Drop Provides Shower Shoes to the Homeless in Georgia

Originally posted 07/24/2014 02:50PM

Most high school students kick off their shoes and laze poolside during the summer. But not these six Georgia teens – they celebrated the break by volunteering to improve their community.

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