Fundraiser held for baby with rare syndrome

A fundraiser was held Sunday for a baby with a rare syndrome.Baby Oakley is the child of Allison Schweitzer, she’s an EMT at Louisville Metro EMS. Oakley is one of only two people in the world with “Med 12 Associated Syndrome.” After undergoing brain surgery, he’s having a hard time keeping up. So, Schweitzer took off work to take care…

Nonprofit helps former coal miner earn degree

One former coal miner is thanking a nonprofit after he received a college degree on Friday. Brandon Pierson worked in the coal mines for five years, until he was laid off in 2015.He then received help from the Center for Rural Development’s Displaced Coal Miner Training Program. The program provides assistance to former coal miners…

Former homeless man gives back to those in need

Tracy Gebeaux, founder of Jax Beach Brother’s Keeper, spends every Sunday giving to the homeless. He gives almost anything – food, socks, shirts and anything else a homeless person might need. Source: Former homeless man gives back to those in need

A Man, A Van, A Plan: Albuquerque’s Fight Against Homelessness

If you see Will Cole driving his van around Albuquerque, say hello—he’s doing good work. Will leads the city’s There’s A Better Way program, which reaches out to the homeless and offers employment for the day at a litter cleanup or city beautification job site. It’s a six-hour shift paid out in cash, and what…

Madison residents sleep on streets to help the homeless 

Gerard A. Watson of Garfield Avenue is headed to a New Jersey Devils game this Friday, Feb. 3, in Newark — but ice hockey won’t be the only thing on his mind. With a group of friends, he plans to talk up getting more people involved in helping the homeless — help that may include…

Cub Scouts collect nearly 600 sleeping bags for homeless vets

These Valley kids are learning at an early age that social activism is a noble endeavor. And as a result, their efforts made these cold winter nights a little warmer for nearly 600 homeless veterans of our region. Steven Rude, the Den 6 Leader and his Cub Scouts of Pack 333 in Calabasas, began waging…

Lakewood teens sleep outside to raise funds for homeless

Cardboard boxes provided the only shelter Saturday night for about 30 teens spending the night outdoors to raise money and awareness for local agencies providing support for the homeless. The Homeless Awareness Sleep Out, being staged for the 13th year, is a cornerstone ministry for the youth group of Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton…

Supporters create fundraiser for Texas boy with uncontrollable epilepsy 

After trying to get pregnant for 16 years, Shannon and Robert Contreras decided to adopt a baby from an acquaintance who was pregnant but unable to keep the child. When the Houston-area couple brought home their son, Robert, Jr.— nicknamed “Bubby”— they noticed some strange signs. The doctor first suspected colic, but sent the family…