10:07 PM EDT 03/06/2014
Originally posted 03/06/2014 01:25PM
var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3302835843001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; It appeared to be just another family driving along on the sand on Tuesday, a common sight in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 07:30AM
Every day, Shelley Cumley looks forward to the email she receives from Godvine, a Christian website, which is filled with videos of inspirational real people stories.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 12:25PM
A busy Miami expressway came to a standstill Thursday afternoon, when a woman jumped out of her car holding a baby, screaming for help.
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.
Originally posted 02/13/2014 02:00PM
Eugene "Westie" Westerhouse takes humility to a whole new level.
Ask the 87-year-old Eudora, Kan., resident about his good deeds and he'll start talking about wood and tape measures and four-by-fours.
When pressed about his good deeds, he says, "I was just looking for something to do."
But to many Westerhouse is a godsend, having volunteered his time and still-significant muscle designing and building free wheelchair ramps for more than 300 people with special needs for nearly four decades.
"Westie is known to almost everybody within a 100-mile radius of here," says friend and wheelchair ramp co-builder Bill VanDeBerghe, who leads the Kingdom Builders ministry of the Eudora United Methodist Church, the umbrella for Westerhouse's charitable works.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 05:45PM
When Miami businessman Nick Silverio answers the phone, often there's a tiny little life in the balance.
As the founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns, a nonprofit he founded in 2001 to provide a 24-hour-bilingual referral hotline for new mothers on the verge of abandoning their infants, Silverio, 70, says each call can save a child.
"It's an overwhelming experience to know a child can grow up," says Silverio. "It feels just as overwhelming the first [time a child was saved] as it does the 206th."
Originally posted 01/30/2014 02:30PM
Kristin Spires was just 20 years old in May 2010 when she vanished while driving to a party in Big Rapids, Mich.
Her stepmother, Carolyn, alerted police in her rural Michigan town, and a TV crew met her to report on the family’s frantic search.
That evening, even before the broadcast report was finished, Spires’ phone rang. Heather Holland was on the line.
"She had seen my story on TV," says Spires, "and wanted to help any way she could."
Originally posted 01/23/2014 01:05PM
Paul and Robin Pennington believe all orphaned children should have a chance at finding families – and they've spent much of their lives working toward that end.
Originally posted 01/15/2014 02:00PM
While most teens are impossible to rouse at the crack of dawn, the Burrito Boyz of San Diego, Calif., are out of their homes by 6:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Their mission: Making breakfast burritos for the city's homeless, something they've done for 167 consecutive Sundays since November of 2010.
Comprised of a core team of seven high school boys and a small army of volunteers, they've given away more than 51,000 burritos and counting.
"We show the homeless community that we're not giving up on them, so they shouldn't give up on themselves," explains Alec Johnson, 15, who started the Burrito Boyz nonprofit with his father, Michael, 49, and best friend Luke Trolinger, 16.
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