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Bedford church to start food pantry Video included

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A Bedford church is joining the fight against hunger starting in May. The Bedford Church of God on Main Street is starting a weekly food pantry. Pastor David Hinsen says the response has been outstanding. People are already calling to make donations, stopping in, and volunteers have started sorting the food. “We just want to be a blessing to Bedford Virginia. Listen, we will change the world, but there's no better place to start than right here in Bedford,” Pastor Hinsen explained. The food b... More>>

Operation Easter Bunny's kid organizer reflects on growth Video included

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“Operation: Easter Bunny” is in its fifth year in Botetourt County. Last week we introduced you to the 10-year-old who is the brain child behind the effort. Sarah Hamblin will make her final delivery Friday morning to Eagle Rock Elementary School as part of "Operation: Easter Bunny." As her 5th year winds down she reflects on the growth she's seen. Sarah started this when she was just five. She's gotten pretty good a... More>>

Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers Video included

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Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ... More>>

Tattoo fundraiser to give money to Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center Video included

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People do some wild things for charity, but what about getting a tattoo. "Ink 4 Autism" is a worldwide event going on in the month of April and one local studio is taking part. Asylum studios will tattoo for a cause this Friday and Saturday. Manager, Tamar Boland, shows us some autism awareness designs in this book. "Ink 4 Autism" is raising money for Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. It's not every day peopl... More>>

Alleghany County School Board recognizes teacher of the year fighting cancer Video included

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The Alleghany County School Board will recognize the 2014 "Teacher of the Year" at Monday night’s meeting and the veteran teacher received the honor despite being in the fight for her life. Renee Warren has taught kindergarten at Sharon Elementary School for 33 years. Back in September, over Labor Day weekend, she learned she had stage three breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy she was back in the clas... More>>

Botetourt County girl collects Easter baskets for children in need Video included

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Operation: Easter Bunny is underway in Botetourt County thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old. For the past 5 years Sarah Hamblin has collected Easter baskets for children in need. Friday, she helped deliver about 75 baskets to the Botetourt Food Pantry. Sarah's goal this year was to collect 75 baskets and the response from the community has been so great she's up to 111 now. This effort to give back was actually... More>>

Westside Elementary debate team standing by to visit White House Video included

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The Westside Elementary School debate team left for Howard University this Thursday morning to work one-on-one with the collegiate debate team. The students are also on standby to stop by The White House and possibly meet President Barack Obama. We caught up with the team before they left as they put in their last practice rounds. Debate team coach, Jeff May, has really made a difference for the students, teaching th... More>>

Salem attorney honored with Guardian Angel award Video included

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Each year Children's Trust hands out Golden Halo awards for those in our community who work tirelessly to protect abused children in the Roanoke Valley, but one person is handed the coveted Guardian Angel award. This year Children's Trust chose Attorney Ellen Weinman as the "Guardian Angel." Weinman spends her days in juvenile and domestic relations court, serving as a voice for children of abuse. Beyond the courtroo... More>>

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