WBTV’s Helpers and Heroes

  WBTV presents Week 8 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

Families ‘adopt’ Butler High School graduating seniors amid COVID-19 pandemic

  WBTV presents Week 7 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

  Stanly Co. woman turns her late twins’ bibs and onesies into masks for NICU families

High school seniors offered free prom and graduation photos at historic cotton plantation

  Salisbury nursing home celebrates ‘Sunshine Day’ with parade for families and residents

  CMPD to read bedtime stories to local children spending days at home

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Charlotte family caregivers and loved ones with memory loss surprised with flowers for Mother’s Day

  Verizon gives $10K grant to help minority businesses in the Charlotte area

  WBTV presents Week 6 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

  Family, neighbors surprise 99-year-old Charlotte woman with drive-by birthday party

  ‘Trying to do our little part.' Couple creates fundraiser to help families facing homelessness, spread hope in Charlotte

  30-foot-long wall of flowers dedicated to healthcare workers in Charlotte

  Harrisburg nursing home holds drive-through visitation parade for families

A nursing home in Harrisburg found a unique way to let family members come see loved ones Thursday.

Charlotte high school sweethearts have special-themed prom for two

There are no official proms for high schools around North Carolina, but that didn’t stop Noah from surprising his girlfriend Natalie with a “Prom for Two” once South Mecklenburg High School’s was canceled.

  Charlotte Motor Speedway to host graduations for Cabarrus Co. high schools in June

Charlotte Motor Speedway is going to host drive-in and drive-thru graduations for students at Cabarrus County high schools in June.

  Here’s how you can thank our healthcare workers with E-cards

Nobody ever said the healthcare industry was an easy profession. Long hours, little sleep and now battling a worldwide pandemic. But the community is rising up to support these war-weary professionals.

  School food workers and bus drivers honored in Hickory

  First day of ‘Feed Our Truckers’ fundraiser was success serving nearly 100 drivers

  Lotus Campaign experiencing double the requests to house homeless during COVID-19

Law firm donates 400+ meals to local healthcare workers

  Charlotte organizations participate in #GivingTuesdayNow amid COVID-19 pandemic

  Charlotte teacher continues to work while getting treatment for cancer

  Rowan third-grader raises hundreds of dollars to buy supplies for healthcare workers

A third grader in Salisbury decided he wanted to do something to help during this coronavirus pandemic.

  WBTV presents Week 5 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

  First responders and Pink Heals give handmade face masks to Icard McDonald’s

McDonald’s has been providing free meals to front line emergency personnel to thank them for their service. On Friday, those front line workers stopped at the McDonald’s in Icard to thank them.

  Charlotte business giving back 2x while struggling through coronavirus financial crash

Charlotte business giving back 2x while struggling through coronavirus financial crash

  100 iPads donated to Atrium Health so patients can connect with loved ones under COVID-19 visitor restrictions

The Atrium Health Foundation and AT&T donated 100 iPads to Atrium Health so its patients could still connect with family members virtually, under the COVID-19 visitor restrictions.

  Volunteers form ‘PPE Brigade’ to make masks for frontline workers and first responders

A group of volunteers from the Harrisburg area have come together to make masks for frontline workers and first responders because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Charlotte community steps in to help after woman, daughter lose everything in townhouse fire

“Wow I can’t believe that just happened,” Johnson said. “I mean it was all within minutes.”

  Lifelong friends team up to help feed truck drivers in Concord area

Two life-long friends from Concord are working together to help bring hot meals to truck drivers on the road. Drivers are facing challenges when it comes to eating on the road because of restrictions on restaurants due to COVID19. They can’t dine inside and they can’t physically go through the drive

  Relatives, friends drive past residents in a parade at Shelby nursing home

This is especially hitting nursing homes and long-term care facilities the hardest. Residents there are the most at-risk individuals susceptible to the virus.

  Family, friends throw surprise drive-by baby shower for nurse in Concord

Brittany Abernathy was supposed to have her baby shower. However, it was canceled because of coronavirus.

  WBTV presents Week 4 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

  Charlotte 10-year-old using cookie business to spread joy to essential workers

Gabbriella Marshall, a 10-year-old, has her own business, making sweet treats.

  South Carolina high school parents, students “adopt” the senior class, gives special gifts

A group of parents and high school students saw high school seniors frustration, so they decided to create a program called “Adopt a Senior.”

  South Carolina high school will hold unique graduation

The coronavirus almost took away all senior events, including graduation, but Clover High School staff worked for weeks on a plan to bring that one special event to the seniors.

Charlotte-area student lifts spirits with saxophone performances for healthcare, grocery store workers

Luke Caruana, a 16-year-old who attends Cuthbertson High School, is using his saxophone to serenade people, especially healthcare workers and grocery store employees.

Wallace & Graham law firm launches community giving program

On Friday, Wallace & Graham, P.A. proudly launched its new charitable support effort, Wallace & Graham Gives, with an initial $10,000.00 donation to the Rowan County United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund.

  Union Co. sending cards to little girl whose Make-a-Wish trip, birthday were both cancelled

Soon-to-be-5-year-old Ivy Van Vorce in Waxhaw is already celebrating her birthday a little early this year. Her birthday is May 7, but already, there are dozens of cards coming into her P.O. box.

  Tattoo artists raise money so students can have art supplies at home

A husband and wife in Gaston County can’t work right now, but they are doing something to help parents who are helping their kids learn reading, history, math and all the basics at home.

  Christian McCaffrey surprises Lowe’s workers with video call, invites them to Panthers games

Christian McCaffrey, the face of the Carolina Panthers, surprised local Lowe’s workers to thank them for their hard work and personally invite them to a game next season.

S.C. woman teaches empathy while sewing face masks with her children

Candice lives in Rock Hill. When she’s not homeschooling her two children, her friend says Candice is making face masks with her kids.

  Something amazing happened during video call with Samaritan’s Purse ICU nurse preparing to come home

A Charlotte ICU nurse with Samaritan’s Purse who was fighting the toughest cases of COVID-19 is preparing to come home. While she’s talking with us, something amazing happened.

Fort Bragg soldiers make masks to fight coronavirus pandemic

On any given day, their shed is filled with paratroopers in red ball caps, busy packing parachutes and readying supplies for jumps.

  Gastonia pharmacist donates COVID-19 safety supplies to police, firefighters

A pharmacist from Gastonia spent part of his Friday afternoon dropping off hygiene supplies for local first responders.

  WBTV presents Week 3 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

Carolina Panthers play ‘Sweet Caroline’ in empty Bank of America Stadium to honor healthcare heroes

The Carolina Panthers played “Sweet Caroline” loud over the speakers in an empty Bank of America Stadium to support and honor the community’s healthcare heroes.

  Man on a mission to feed the hungry during pandemic

The community organization University City Family Zone is making sure people don't go hungry during this pandemic. Charles Robinson is with the organization and he is spending around 15 hours a day making sure people get fed

  FedEx driver becomes hero after girl with special needs mistakes him for ice cream man

There are a lot of unsung heroes during the coronavirus pandemic, and now a FedEx driver with a big heart is being added to that ever-growing list.

  Downtown Belmont transformed into distribution site to feed hundreds

Hundreds of cars lined up hours before the 9am start time to get their share of the more than 30,000 pounds of food and cleaning supplies.

Christian McCaffrey’s ‘22 and You’ initiative now supports repair of life-saving ventilators

Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey’s “22 and You” initiative will now support the repair of life-saving ventilators in the Carolinas.

  Popular bars, coffee shops convert to grocery stores to help NoDa community

Small businesses, who are still operating, are finding new ways to bring customers in while trying to help the community as well. Several are converting their stores, that used to sell beer or coffee, into mini grocery stores.

  ‘Singing for their Supper’ Famous musicians join telethon to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank

WBTV and Gray Television are proud to present a musical telethon, “Singing for their Supper”! This national fundraiser is committed to local food banks across the country.

  Woman opens mail to find medical bills ‘paid in full’ by strangers

Paid in full for strangers medical bills around Charlotte area.

Clemson students create website to support local small businesses, gain national attention

A couple of Clemson University students have come up with a way to help support small businesses facing financial hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NC boy battling leukemia gets bike lifted up to his hospital room on his birthday

While the construction workers outside began singing happy birthday to the boy as the bicycle was lifted up to his room, inside nurses came to his room to wish him a happy birthday.

Families, volunteers paint colorful windows to bring joy to residents at Calhoun Co. skilled nursing home

A little over a month ago, Governor Henry McMaster restricted all visitation in nursing homes and assisted livng facilities.

  Charlotte area chefs create Essential Kitchen geared towards first responders

Restaurants across Charlotte are having to get creative to make a profit, but some chefs are choosing to spend this difficult time cooking for others for free.

  Huntersville first responders hold parade of lights to thank medical workers

First responders from the north Mecklenburg area drove past several hospitals and testing sites to show their thanks.

  Right at Home offers free wellness calls for seniors

It’s a company that provides home health care for seniors. He says it’s important for seniors to know there’s a difference between social distancing and self-isolation.

  Charlotte neighbors giving others a ‘sign’ that everything will be OK

If you are looking for “signs” that there is still kindness – and humor – all around, there are people out there nailing them to telephone poles.

  WBTV presents Week 2 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

  Fundraiser started by former nurse has raised more than $64K to feed local healthcare workers

The GoFundMe page, named #CLTStrong: Feeding the Frontline, which was started by 28-year-old Caroline Elliott, says the mission is to support Charlotte restaurants by purchasing meals there and giving the food to healthcare workers during this unprecedented time.

  Alexander Co. teacher assistant belts out song of hope while packing lunches for students

LaRhonda Carlton is a teacher's assistant for exceptional students at an elementary school in rural Alexander County.

More than 4,600 Honey Buns donated to Charlotte medical personnel

The company donated a total of 4,608 Honey Buns between the two organizations (each group received 2,304 Honey Buns).

  Parade of Lights: First responders show unity, support for healthcare workers in Charlotte

A procession of first responder vehicles passed by the uptown-area hospitals with lights flashing and sirens on .

  Neighbors hold parade for 9-year-old after birthday party canceled due to pandemic

Neighbors from one south Charlotte community organized a parade for a 9-year-old boy Wednesday.

  Charlotte pub owner speaks about efforts to help feed families, frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

A Charlotte pub owner is working to help feed not only community members, but frontline workers in the medical field.

  Union County first responders thank healthcare workers in surprise procession to hospital

They say they feel supported by the medical community, and now they have the chance to give that support right back.

  Tennis friends surprise Salisbury woman, sing for 83rd birthday while practicing social distancing

The group of women gathered on the front yard so they could sing happy birthday to 83-year-old Penny Roemer.

  Churches filling the void for Spring Break meals for students

Schools are out all across the Carolinas, but some systems, including Rowan-Salisbury Schools, have still been delivering meals to students. Except for this week. This week is the planned Spring Break, so while the school system isn’t delivering meals, several local churches stepped up.

  WBTV presents Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

  Former WBTV Good News reporter Kristen Hampton provides a positive message amid uncertain times

North Carolina has a statewide “stay at home” order, which means people have to limit their travel to essential places.

  Local volunteers hold first CLT Give PPE drop-offs for healthcare workers

Dr. Natarajan knows firsthand how scarce protective medical gear is right now, so she decided to do something about it.

  Good news amidst coronavirus: Local teacher hosting live music classes for families

Teacher giving gift of music to students virtually during coronavirus pandemic.

NC distillery making hand sanitizer available for first responders, heathcare workers

A distillery in North Carolina is helping front-liners impacted by the hand sanitizer shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Local fertility nurse raising money to feed healthcare workers for 30 days

A former hospital nurse is working hard to raise enough money to provide 100 meals a day to local frontline healthcare workers for the next month.

  ‘Bear-y’ creative way to entertain kids during social distancing reaches Charlotte area

Parents of little ones like her are trying to find ways to keep the kids engaged while there is so much shut down around them.

  Volunteers help sanitize downtown Morganton and elsewhere

Two people who said they were part of a group called the “Let’s Act Army” came to Morganton Thursday with spray bottles in one hand and cleaning towels in the other.

  ‘It was like a teacher parade’: Fort Mill elementary students get special visit from their teachers

One by one, cars and trucks drove in and out of the Fort Mill subdivisions waving to their Pleasant Knoll Elementary School families.