Program helps homeless students succeed in school

Source: Local 10 News / Ben Kennedy A South Florida program is working to help thousands of homeless students have the resources they need to succeed in school. Project UP-START provides support to more than 6,000 homeless students within Miami-Dade County. They have a store-like room filled with donations like backpacks, supplies, clothing and even food….

Grieving father’s commonsense message about mental illness is a wake-up call

Source: Dallas Morning News / Sharon Grigsby If you live in tight proximity to mental illness — either in your own life or in that of a dearest loved one — you probably have noticed the growing number of heartbreaking, courageous pieces such as the one in yesterday’s Washington Post titled: She ‘loved life:’ A grieving father wrote openly about suicide…

Twisted Sister rock anthem remade to help kids with cancer

Source: Today / Allison Slater Tate   The warriors that are parents of pediatric cancer patients have a new and perhaps unlikely ally: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. The ’80s metal band frontman appears in a video directed by “Mindfreak” magicianCriss Angel, singing an acoustic, stripped-down version of his iconic 1984 battle cry for disaffected youth,…

Charity food program on pace to pack 22K meals for children in need

Source: WPSD / Robert Bradfield School is back in session in Murray, and Morgan Carman is noticing a sad reality. “Our students come to school, and they are starving,” Carman told Local 6. In the two and a half weeks since school started, she’s counted 50 children who are not getting enough nutrition at home. In…

Volunteers fill 1,000 backpacks for homeless students in Oakland County

Source C&G Newspapers / Kayla Dimick The first day of school is looming, and for some kids in Oakland County, that means going back to class without school supplies. According to Susan Benson, director of Oakland Schools Homeless Student Education Services, one out of every 47 students in Oakland Schools will experience homelessness in their school…

Nationals OF Harper designs cap to raise money for charity

Source: AP Bryce Harper’s many talents now include hat designer. The Washington Nationals outfielder has created a limited edition baseball cap that will go on sale Wednesday. Proceeds will go to Harper’s Heroes — a charity for children battling cancer — as well as theLeukemia & Lymphoma society. “I’m really hoping these hats sell and…

Project H.O.M.E. provides shelter for homeless high school students

Source: WCBD / Tori Bolt Homeless students at R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston may soon have a roof over their head thanks to a new project in the works. Project H.O.M.E. stands for “Helping Others Mirror Excellence.” is an initiative by R.B. Stall High School principal Kim Wilson, to provide a home to displaced…

Cerebral palsy doesn’t limit Central Valley’s Noah Barilaro

Source: Timesonline.com / Mike Bires Though he was born with cerebral palsy, Noah Barilaro has always found ways to celebrate life. He feels fortunate that he’s able to do almost anything he wants even though odds were against him. After he was born, doctors told his parents that their son might never be able to walk…

Girls start charity in honor of friend who died of cancer

Source: KMBC  A determined group of fifth-grade girls are on a mission to stop cancer. They decided to create the Cancel Out Cancer Foundation to honor a friend who died of bone cancer a year ago. “It was a very special way to keep her soul still going throughout the world,” said a 10-year-old girl…

Polish Olympian Piotr Malachowski selling medal to help boy with cancer

Source: Sports Illustrated / SI Wire Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski will sell the silver medal he won in Rio to help raise funds for a boy battling a rare form of cancer, he announced on his Facebook page. “In Rio I fought for gold,” Malachowski said. “Today I call on all people – let us fight…

Firefighters sport purple fire trucks to support girl with cancer

Source: WTNH / Darren Kramer Fire departments in Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge are teaming up to show support for a young girl with strong firefighter ties, who is fighting cancer.  Each of the three departments has wrapped a fire truck in purple in honor of little Chloe Clemens, who in June, at just 9 months…