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Heroes Among Us: Kansas Teen Builds a Prosthetic Hand – for $60

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Mason Wilde Gives Family Friend a Helping Hand – Literally

Originally posted 03/20/2014 01:55PM

When 9-year-old Matthew Shields started third grade at a new school last year, he was hounded by questions.

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Fifth-Grade Hero Saves Friend's Life (and 3 Other Inspiring Stories You Missed This Week)

UpdatePosted 03/14/2014 08:15AM

Fifth-Grade Hero Saves Friend's Life (and 3 Other Inspiring Stories You Missed This Week)

Originally posted 03/14/2014 06:20AM

Four inspiring stories that got lost in this week's headlines:

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Heroes Among Us: Teen Gives 4,000 Soccer Balls to Kids Around the World

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Teen Gives 4,000 Soccer Balls to Kids Around the World Who Can't Afford Them

Originally posted 03/13/2014 02:55PM

One minute, 10-year-old Ethan King was standing alone, kicking his soccer ball around a dusty, deserted field during a trip to Mozambique, and the next, dozens of kids were playing soccer with him.

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Heroes Among Us: Woman with Down Syndrome Fights for Freedom – and Wins

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UpdatePosted 03/07/2014 03:15PM

Woman with Down Syndrome Fights for Her Freedom – and Wins

Originally posted 03/07/2014 12:15PM

Jenny Hatch wasn't trying to be a hero.

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Young Marine Who Threw Himself on a Grenade to Receive Medal of Honor (Video)

Originally posted 03/06/2014 01:00PM



William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who threw himself onto a grenade to protect his friend in Afghanistan, is slated to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor later this year, according to the Marine Corps Times.

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More than 100 Eighth-Graders Join Forces to Build Their California School a Library

More than 100 Eighth-Graders Join Forces to Build Their California School a Library

Originally posted 03/05/2014 04:00PM

This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.

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Watch Homeless Man Try to Share His 'Lottery Winnings' with Good Samaritan

Originally posted 03/05/2014 12:00PM



YouTube magician Rahat Hossain has built up a solid career with his viral pranks, and he's used his latest stunt to pay it forward.

Hossain's target was a homeless man he'd seen hanging around a Virginia parking lot for weeks. One day, instead of giving him cash, he handed the man a lottery ticket, which he said was real. It wasn't – which would be a cruel trick, if not for the fact that the magician had an accomplice in his scheme, a cashier at a local corner store.

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Pay It Forward: Woman Returns Habitat for Humanity Home to Help Others

UpdatePosted 02/28/2014 06:00PM

Pay It Forward: Texas Woman Returns Habitat for Humanity Home to Help Others

Originally posted 02/27/2014 11:00AM

This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.

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Heroes Among Us: Texas Man Builds Wheelchairs for Dogs in Need | Animals & Pets, Hero Pets, Unusual Pets

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Jerry West Builds Wheelchairs for Dogs in Need

Originally posted 02/27/2014 10:35AM

Jerry West was heartbroken when his beloved Australian cattle dog, Whitey, suddenly lost her ability to walk due to cancer in December 2010.

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Heroes Among Us: Group Helps Thousands of Kids Get to College

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J.B. Schramm's Non-Profit Helps Kids Realize College Dreams

Originally posted 02/20/2014 02:35PM

J.B. Schramm remembers the beat-up couches and broken TV in the teen center he started in 1990 in the basement of Washington, D.C.'s low-income Jubilee Housing project.

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