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Anonymous donor pays off Effingham Co. Middle School lunch debt

For the second time in less than a month, an anonymous donor has paid off all lunch debt at an Effingham County school.

  CMPD’s Emergency Needs Fund helps Charlotte residents in dire situations

Trae Young helps cancel over $1M in medical debt for people in Atlanta with donation

Lowcountry wood carver turns hurricane debris into art

  Construction workers honored as heroes for saving child from lake

Little boy learns life lesson and returns envelope with $900 inside

  ‘Furever Home.’ WBTV reporter covering story on returned shelter pets adopts puppy

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  Man hands out money on streets of Charlotte to spread positivity for 2020

Retired U.S. Army veteran ends coast-to-coast journey in Myrtle Beach

  Barber hosting coat drives at several locations in Charlotte

  Charlotte Rescue Mission provides ‘fine dining’ Christmas experience for residents

  Samaritan House offering Christmas cheer for homeless released from hospitals

  ’Hot Wheels of Hope’; Homeless man donates storage unit full of toys to kids for Christmas

Group knits ugly Christmas sweaters for NICU babies at Northeast Ohio hospitals (photos)

Babies adorned in ugly Christmas sweaters are showing their holiday spirit at several Northeast Ohio hospitals.

  CMPD surprises family with gifts after 11-year-old hit and killed by car

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is getting in the giving spirit. On Monday, officers surprised a family with hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas gifts after their 11-year-old son died.

Grandparents pay off more than $10,000 in student lunch debt at S.C. school

The money will help about 165 students who are in debt with school lunches. There are about 700 kids in the school total.

Warrensville Heights, Ohio student graduates college before receiving high school diploma

A Warrensville Heights student just became the youngest from the school district to graduate from Cuyahoga Community College.

N.C. principal spreads holiday cheer as school’s real-life ‘Elf on the Shelf’

‘Santa Cam’ Newton and Bojangles’ feed, gift 200 Men’s Shelter guests

  Cardiac arrest survivor reunites with woman who saved his life

  Local Navy Veteran surprised with car at Charlotte Checkers game

A missing, beloved ‘Hippo’ gets replaced

  ‘Storybook Santa’ is back, receiving visitors in his Gastonia home

  80-year-old Army veteran builds wooden toys for children in need

The 80-year-old Army veteran has worked around the clock for the past five decades to create nearly 300 toys.

Magic Johnson visits hundreds of kids at MUSC Children’s Hospital

Magic Johnson stopped by at the Charleston hospital and spent time with the kids, according to his Facebook page.

N.C. software exec pays for military members to fly home for Christmas, others step up

His gesture has now inspired others to step up.

Will a Charlotte lawyer be the new Miss Universe? She has big plans whatever happens.

The Charlotte-area native talked about about how life changed the instant she was crowned Miss USA, her new job as a TV celebrity interviewer for “Extra” and what’s next if she wins — and if she doesn’t.

  Barbers give local elementary students free haircuts to boost confidence

Studies show the way you feel on the inside can be impacted by how you look on the outside. Which is why one Charlotte barber is giving free haircuts to students at an elementary school. This isn’t about vanity, but about lifting kids up.

  Man who was shot, paralyzed four years ago participates in Thanksgiving Day Parade

And now, he is not only focusing on being thankful because it is Thanksgiving, but because he is thankful to be alive, as this holiday marks four years since he was shot in the back and paralyzed by two men at an I-85 rest stop bathroom.

  This flight to Charlotte had an unexpected passenger Wednesday. It’s a girl!

A baby was born on an American Airlines flight that landed in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon.

  Christmas pop-up shop raises thousands for rescued animals

From decorations to gifts, shopping for the holiday season is almost in full swing, and for 10 years one pop-up Christmas shop in York County has been giving purpose to your purchase.

ETX cafeteria worker writes inspirational messages on bananas

Students at Bullard Elementary are being served appealing messages one banana at a time.

  Caldwell deputies growing beards for charity

It’s against department policy, but that’s not stopping about 30 deputies and the sheriff himself in the Caldwell County Sheriff’s office from growing beards.

K-9 back on duty with NC troopers after surgery

A canine with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Criminal Interdiction Unit is back to full duty after undergoing surgery to remove a mass from her leg.

  NC student with autism, down syndrome, lives out dream of performing with marching band

The beat of the drums, it’s what sparked 10th grade Hopewell High school student Jacio Parker’s interest and led him to dream big.

  A puppy with a tail on his head was abandoned. Then the internet fell in love with him.

The internet has a new, adorable superstar - a puppy with a tail growing out of his head now appropriately named “Narwhal.”

  Marvin, N.C. 10-year-old has his NHL sports dream come true

Cameron Ruis is a star player on the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets, a wheelchair basketball team in our area. But his favorite professional sports team isn’t about basketball – it’s hockey.

  Legally blind triathlete raising money as she trains for Tokyo 2020

“My journey as an athlete has taught me that the only limitations are in your head and not your body."

  Kids with special needs go trick-or-treating thanks to Gaston EMS

Two children with special needs got a special treat on Halloween all thanks to three GEMS paramedics with Gaston County EMS.

  Charlotte-area children living with autism joining movement to use blue Halloween buckets

You may see some blue Halloween buckets this year as kids trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.

  Novant Health utilizes new technology to detect strokes quicker

Novant Health is utilizing new technology to help physicians detect and treat a specific type of stroke faster. By cutting down the time to diagnose the stroke, they hope to see patients make better recoveries.

  Some surviving birds that hit NASCAR Hall of Fame released after rehabilitation

Several of the chimney swifts that hit the NASCAR Hall of Fame Tuesday night are back on their migration route to South America.

N.C. woman is one of the biggest winners in Price is Right history

She made her first appearance on the Price is Right in 1988, but never made it past the bidding portion of the show.

  Man reunites with off-duty firefighter who saved his life at Charlotte concert

Now, a shared life-and-death experience is even more bonding for the three of them.

  South Rowan HS unveils first-ever ‘Lifeskills Lab’ for students in special education

Something incredible is going on at South Rowan High School. This week, the school unveiled its ‘Lifeskills Lab’.

  Lowe’s employee goes ‘above and beyond’ to make special wheelchair for baby cow

A baby cow is “making the rounds” on social media after an employee at a local Lowe’s Home Improvement took the time to make the injured calf a specialized wheelchair.

  Gastonia woman’s social media post about stranger’s act of kindness goes viral

When her tire blew on the freeway, she wasn't sure what to do. Then a complete stranger went above and beyond to help.

Ga. man pictured in viral photo praying over Fla. sheriff’s deputy

A viral photo out of Florida making its way around social media has ties to the Chattahoochee Valley.

  Massive corn maze at S.C. farm dedicated to local ‘superheroes’

One of Chesterfield County’s fall staples is about to open for the season, and this year the massive 25-acre corn field at McLeod Farms is paying tribute to local superheroes.

  Chester County deputy working to walk again after surviving horrific crash

The father of four was airlifted from the scene with serious injuries while his wife and family were left wondering what would happen next.

  Samaritan’s Feet giving out shoes to Lake Arbor neighbors

Samaritan's Feet wants Lake Arbor residents to make sure they are not forgotten. The organization is teaming up with other partners to have a day of caring for the residents who are facing hard times.

Cheerleader with Down Syndrome inspires Biloxi Junior High students

At Biloxi Junior High, one cheerleader is also inspiring her school and community.

  N.C. rescue opens temporary shelter for hurricane animals

Piedmont Animal Rescue in Mooresville is looking for volunteers as it opens a temporary emergency shelter for hurricane animals.

  Pineville teacher with Panthers-themed classroom surprised with sideline tickets

A passion for education, a classroom decked out in Carolina Panthers gear and the power of social media led to quite the surprise for one Pineville teacher Thursday.

Louisiana teen surprises younger brother in silly costumes every day at bus stop

In a hilarious display of sibling love, one big brother is making memories before heading off to college.

  VIRAL VIDEO: S.C. girl in wheelchair dances her heart out

Lauren, who has a rare bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, is wheelchair bound, but doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she loves.

  Gastonia Police officer makes two live-organ donations to complete strangers

Gastonia Police Officer Zachary Lechette has done something most people never do - he's has been a living-organ donor, not once, but twice – and to complete strangers.

  This Gastonia principal will gift a donated book to each student on their birthday this year

Local businesses have stepped up to the plate, conducting their own collections and handing them over to the principal.

  Man mowing lawns in every U.S. state gets help from CMPD

One man is changing what it means to go beyond the “call of duty” for his community.

  ‘God is great’: Myrtle Beach vacationer reunited with rings dedicated to late wife

One man can breathe a sigh of relief after he was reunited with a special memento that he lost during his vacation in Myrtle Beach.

  Ric Flair sends special message to NC trooper critically injured in crash

Wrestling superstar Ric Flair sent a special message to NC Trooper Chris Wooten, who was critically injured in a crash.

  Alabama community buys longtime school custodian a car

He walked into the lobby bewildered and clueless on what the commotion was all about. Then, they revealed the real surprise.

  ‘You feel like a new person.’ Charlotte homeless community introduced to new mobile shower trailer

Once a week now, Project Outpour puts it in park – a mobile trailer that’s outfitted for free showers, toothbrushes, and shaves.

Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas

Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast.

  Levine Children’s Hospital introduces virtual reality tech to ease children during medical procedures

Atrium’s Levine Children’s Hospital is working to make medical procedures less stressful for kids by distracting them with engaging virtual reality. Children pop on goggles and are suddenly in another head space.

  Combat-Wounded Veteran is given mortgage free home for his family

Joseph Pryor won’t have to worry about shelter for his family ever again. Today the retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant was given a mortgage-free home from Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation in Charlotte.

  Camp to ignite interest in firefighting for young women

Summer camp hosted by Charlotte Fired Department hopes to inspire young women to consider a career in firefighting while helping build their self-esteem.

  Laboratory animals from Mexico getting fresh start in NC

The rescue group for former research animals brought them to a farm sanctuary in Lincolnton.

  Wounded warrior given keys to new home

The family was chosen for Purple Heart Homes “Home Ownership Program.” The organization gets homes donated by banks, then contractors donate their time for renovations to accommodate the needs of the wounded veteran.

  Senior Stories: Srivishnu Turamalla

Srivishnu Turamalla is graduating from Mallard Creek High School - and he’s already got a long list of achievements.

Disney ‘Frozen’ actress donates hundreds of classroom supplies to Belmont teacher

Riggs and hundreds of other teachers across the country emailed actress Kristen Bell, who plays Anna in the hit film Frozen. Each Friday, Bell selects winning teacher to feature and donate classroom supplies to.

  71-year-old graduates college, simultaneously teaches at same college while getting degree

Now, with more than 50 years of experience under her belt, and scissors in her hand, Hazeline Dye joins the graduating class of 2019 at Gaston College.

  West Charlotte senior first in family to go to college, pursuing medical field after mom’s battle with cancer

It was through her mom’s experience of battling and beating cervical cancer, that Amya Miller's interest of the medical field was born.

  Charlotte twin sisters awarded $1 million+ in scholarships, attending rival universities

For twin sisters Kamyrn and Kaycee Hailey at West Charlotte high school, things are really about to change.

  Family sells lemonade to raise money for Gold Star families

A family spent their Memorial Day selling lemonade in Indian Trail to raise money for Gold Star families.

  This SC high schooler not only has perfect attendance, but she also has $3.5M in scholarship offers

“The bar was set high, and I was determined to reach it,” she said.

  Myers Park senior with full-ride scholarship creates pens to give back to local charity

It was the love for his sport that sparked his passion to give back to the community - and through it, he created his own business at 11-years-old.

Carowinds offers free admission for military members, discounts for their families

This summer, Carowinds is offering free admission for our nation’s heroes and discounts for their families during the park’s ‘Military Days’ events.

  Burke High School Band preparing to head to Normandy, France for D-Day celebrations

The Burke County High School band was invited by organizers of the 75th D-Day Anniversary celebrations.

Firefighters stop to do yard work for elderly woman they see struggling with mower

Firefighters with the Concord Fire Department went above and beyond when they saw an elderly woman struggling to mow her yard on Monday.

  Newton-Conover school resource officer honored as National School Resource Officer of the Year

School resource officer Danny Baker is no stranger to winning high honors for his work as an SRO. Last year, he was named North Carolina’s State School Resource Officer of the Year, but this year he’s been chosen as the best in the country; National School Resource Officer of the Year.