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Heroes Among Us
Former Marine Ian Michael Travels Across the Country Giving Out Free Hugs to Veterans: 'Love Heals Us'
Originally posted 07/16/2015 10:55AM
Ian Michael knows the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans who have returned home from war – because he's faced it himself.
Former Nurse Charolette Tidwell Uses Pension to Feed Thousands in Arkansas: 'One Child Going Hungry Is One Too Many'
Originally posted 07/09/2015 11:05AM
Charolette Tidwell has seen the signs of hunger in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas – from senior citizens buying cat food because they can't afford tuna fish to children going hungry on weekends when they can't get free school lunches.
Originally posted 07/02/2015 10:35AM
Austin Atteberry has dedicated his life to helping kids heal through musical expression – and it all started with a girl.
Originally posted 06/25/2015 10:45AM
Seventeen-year-old Brittany Amano knows what it's like to go hungry.
Originally posted 06/18/2015 10:35AM
For almost 13 years, Sherry Albright has cheerfully scrubbed the bathrooms, vacuumed the floors and emptied the trash bins at Trine University in Angola, Indiana, all while reminding homesick students that they are not alone.
Originally posted 06/11/2015 10:35AM
When Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" starts to play throughout the halls and classrooms of Little Fort Elementary School in Waukegan, Illinois, the children (and adults) know exactly what to do: dance!
Originally posted 06/04/2015 10:55AM
Six years ago, Trish Steffen grabbed her two dogs and her cat and fled an abusive relationship. She planned to live in her car in Las Vegas instead of giving up her pets to stay with friends or move into a homeless shelter.
Originally posted 05/28/2015 11:30AM
In 2005, Kimberly Felshaw lost her three-week-old daughter to Trisomy 13, a chromosomal defect that severely affects the mind and body. The community of South Shores Church in Monarch Beach, California, was there to support the military wife – from hosting her baby shower to planning her baby's memorial service.
Originally posted 05/21/2015 11:25AM
Mick Polly was in the garage outside his home in the small coal-mining community of Whitesburg, Kentucky, when a young neighbor boy with bike trouble stopped and asked him for help to repair a chain that had slipped off its gears.
Originally posted 05/14/2015 11:00AM
Brandon Gruber's story could have ended with the bullied senior with Down syndrome being crowned homecoming king last fall, but that was just the beginning. In less than a year, Gruber has taught his high school classmates that he's much more than his diagnosis.
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