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God's Pit Crew to build home in tornado ravaged Mississippi

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One week after arriving in Louisville, Mississippi God's Pit Crew volunteers are on their way home. Crews helped clean up 21 different properties. The crew set up in the parking lot of a local church and the pastor says he had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to let God's Pit Crew set up base there. “My church is unscathed and so close, I thought surely we can help the helpers and so I said bring it on... More>>

Roanoke City Police Sergeant honors co-worker's son with Muscular Dystrophy

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We all know police officers support each other on the job, but one Roanoke City Sergeant is proving the same off the clock. Sergeant Jason Hicks is "going to jail" in honor of co-worker's son who’s suffering from muscular dystrophy. When an email went out the entire police force asking for volunteers to raise money for the Roanoke Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual lock-up Sgt. Hicks thought of his co-wor... More>>

The Salvation Army receives matching grant after raising $58,000

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For the past several months the Salvation Army has hit the ground fundraising for a promised matching grant. Back at the beginning of the year two anonymous donors promised a total of $103,000. if the non-profit raised $58,000. With just days before the deadline the Salvation Army says they not only raised the needed money, but an additional $5,700 as well. This is good news, because the non-profit was down in donat... More>>

Roanoke family selling home to adopt children

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A Roanoke family is putting their home up for sale by owner to raise money to adopt more children.Lauren and Steven Siler adopted their 7-year old daughter Tigist from Ethiopia in November 2013. She enjoys riding a bike, finished kindergarten home school classes and is constantly smiling.The little girl has gone through a lot in her first six years. Her biological parents died, she is HIV positive and was the size of a 4-year old from being extremely malnourished when the Siler's first met he... More>>

Roanoke County student makes prom a reality for autistic senior

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It's prom season, so high school students all across the area are picking out dresses, tuxes, and planning out the big night. One Roanoke County student has decided to give up the dance tradition with her boyfriend to make a difference for a fellow student with autism. Northside Senior Bridget Neal asked Joshua Smith to the prom after learning his mother Kathy posted on Facebook how badly her autistic son wanted to g... More>>

Northside High School prom a dream come true for one student

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Prom is a special night for teens across the country, but for one local senior it was a moment he will never forget. Bridget Neal made a difference for her friend with autism Joshua Smith by taking him to the prom Saturday. We tagged along as Bridget and Josh got ready for the dance. She first got her hair and make-up done. Then, the two took pictures at local landmarks. “It's been amazing, it's been a whole lot of... More>>

Lord Botetourt High School makes statement with prom king and queen vote

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Lord Botetourt High School celebrated prom this past weekend. It’s a special night where seniors voted two special education students as their king and queen. Scrolling on the announcements in the school's lobby is a picture of Josh Leonard and Ashley Stevens this year's prom king and queen. While Ashley is a little shy, Josh has no problem reliving the moment he was crowned king for the camera. Prom sponsors say the... More>>

Fincastle Baptist Church to host first ever Freedom Fest Sunday

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Fincastle Baptist Church is starting a new Memorial Day tradition this Sunday. Volunteers are gearing up for the first ever Freedom Fest. The event will honor not only veterans, but local first responders and law enforcement with fireworks, music and giveaways. Organizers say the feedback has been great and they have one goal in mind. “Feed back's been great, phones ringing off the hook, we've got a lot of buzz I thi... More>>

Patient thanks Roanoke County EMS for hiking mountain in snow to respond to call

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As we mark the end of "National EMS Week" we know our first responders do so much in our time of need. One incredible example of that is two Roanoke County first responders hiked more than a mile, in the snow, up a mountain to help a man in severe pain. This week was the first time Fred Will had talked with the guys at Roanoke County's Clearbrook station since the snowy night of February 13th - the night he broke his... More>>

Botetourt Education Foundation auctioning off new tiny house

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If you're in the market for a “Tiny House" you can buy one already built and make a difference for technical education students at the same time. On the front lawn of Lord Botetourt High School sits a newly built house. The Botetourt Education Foundation paid for the supplies for students at the Botetourt Technical Education Center to build the home. Foundation leaders say it's important to invest in these students. ... More>>

Local non-profits capitalize on thrift store movement

Roanoke Rescue Mission will get a big upgrade thanks to a local church. Roanoke Rescue Mission will get a big upgrade thanks to a local church.
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Non-profits are always looking for new ways to raise money for their causes. While selling second hand stuff isn't a new idea it is growing in popularity. Recently, the Roanoke Rescue Mission opened a new drive thru in front of its new thrift store on Route 460. It’s the third retail store helping to keep the mission's doors open and food on the table. The leader in the thrift industry is of course, Goodwill. Goodwil... More>>

Salem High School raises money for 4-year old

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Salem High School celebrated a special 4-year old boy named Tyler Shannon on Friday morning. More>>

Dozens scale The Patrick Henry building for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Volunteers and community leaders went "Over the Edge" of the Patrick Henry Building Friday. Rappelling crews rigged the side of the building to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley. Those who signed up to take part and organizers are very happy with the response from the community. “It was such a new idea that I thought I got to participate and I think Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a terri... More>>

Organizers planning for 2015 Over the Edge fundraiser

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Just days after the ropes and all the gear are gone Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to next year's "Over the Edge" event. Friday and Saturday, nearly 60 people rappelled the Patrick Henry Building to raise money for the non-profit. Organizers say they fell about $10,000 short of their $90,000 goal, but over all they were extremely pleased with the response from the community. Organizers hope to have a date for ne... More>>

Botetourt County middle school students lead fundraiser for classmate

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A Botetourt County student has been out of school for months now fighting for his life. 7th grader Dakota Perry was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor in March. When word spread about Dakota’s diagnosis Central Academy Middle School rallied to help thanks to a student-led effort. This year money raised in the annual student-teacher basketball tournament will go to Dakota's family for medical expenses. It’s the sec... More>>

Lynchburg man pledges 100 holes of golf for good cause

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A local man will golf 100 holes in honor of his grandfather through the Hundred Hole Hike program. The Hundred Hole Hike challenges participants to walk and play 100 holes of golf in one day. Todd Ramsey's goal is to walk roughly 24 miles and play golf in memory of his grandfather. Ramsey is a middle school science teacher and tennis coach living in Lynchburg, Virginia. On his 100 Hole Hike golfer blog, Ramsey says... More>>

Goodwill holds upcycle contest

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What's old is new again! With a recent push to capitalize on the popularity of Pinterest and thrift store upcycles Goodwill is looking for the most creative shoppers. Between now and the end of July Goodwill is holding a contest, looking for the "Ultimate Upcycler." Organizers want shoppers to take before and after pictures of things they buy in the store and turn into something else. “It really is a movement for fol... More>>

Healing Strides of Virginia sees uptick in volunteers

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Healing Strides of Virginia is getting ready to kick off their summer session at the end of June with a list full of new volunteers. A couple months ago the therapeutic riding program put out a call for help after getting low on volunteers. Since our first story aired viewers have really stepped up. They've had three volunteer training sessions since then with about 15 people each. In one of those sessions 10 out of ... More>>

The Blue Ridge Independent Living Center Celebrates 25 Years Video included

Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face. Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face.
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Since 1989, the nonprofit group Blue Ridge Independent Living Center has helped thousands of community members with disabilities remain in their homes. More>>

Bike camp for special needs students looking for volunteers

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A camp making sure everyone can ride a bike is coming back to Roanoke. "I Can Shine Bike Camp" kicks off next month for the second year.
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New non-profit helps women transition out of jail

Roanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitors Roanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitors
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A new Roanoke non-profit is working to help woman be successful after they serve time in jail or prison. More>>

Dancing with the Valley Stars begins online fundraising

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Dancing with the Valley Stars is in full swing and the donation website officially went live Thursday. More>>

Roanoke to celebrate Juneteenth at Washington Park

Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops. Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.
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Roanoke will celebrate Juneteenth Saturday in Washington Park where more than 2,000 people are expected. On June 19, 1865 the last of the former slaves found out the civil war was over and in Galveston, Texas an order was read freeing the last slaves.The annual event celebrates freedom and includes free food and entertainment. The event also includes community education for various services people might need. "It's our hope that young folks will be able to come to our Juneteenth festival and ... More>>

Dancing with the Valley Stars kicks off fundraising

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The 4th annual Dancing with the Valley Stars kicked off Thursday night.
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Roanoke volunteer state finalist in Cox Conserves Heroes program

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The Cox Conserves Heroes Program honors volunteers across Virginia who give their time to the environment and one Roanoke volunteer is a state finalist. Brian Batteiger has volunteered with Pathfinders for Greenways for 15 years now. Brian uses equipment to build trails for hikers and bikers. He's already won $2,500 as a finalist and could walk away with another $7,500 for the Greenways. Brian says he's honored to be... More>>

Community rallies behind teen siblings injured in car crash

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For siblings 17-year-old Conner and 15 year-old Drew McCauley, swimming has been a lifelong passion that for now must be put on hold.
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Golfer to play 100 holes in a day for MS Society

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Golfing fans just wrapped up a big weekend with the finish of the U.S. Open on NBC, but one local man is gearing up for his big day on the course. Todd Ramsey is taking part in what's called a "Hundred Hole Hike." Todd will spend all day Thursday playing 100 holes of golf to raise money for multiple sclerosis. He'll start at 7:30 a.m. and play until he finishes all the holes. We caught up with Todd as he's getting s... More>>

Franklin County family helps patients with heart problems

Tinlee takes selfie Tinlee takes selfie
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This past weekend's Diamond Dig fundraiser at Haywood Jewelers' Westlake location was a success, but it was one little heart defect survivor who really stole the show. More>>

Special needs bike camp still looking for volunteers

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Learning to ride a bike is thought of as a rite of passage for children something they enjoy doing on these warm summer days. For some kids though learning to ride isn't as easy as others. That’s where iCan Shine Bike Camp comes into play. More>>

iCan Shine Bike Camp a second year success

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A special camp is underway designed to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. More>>

Christiansburg boy meets town leaders after heroic actions

Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble. Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble.
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A Christiansburg boy spent Tuesday morning touring the town. More>>

Boy receives praise for saving child at Christiansburg pool Video included

Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble. Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble.
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Praise continues for a 7-year-old boy who jumped into action to save another young kid from drowning at a Christiansburg pool. More>>

Elliston Fire Department rallies around member with cancer Video included

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Elliston (WSLS) - Volunteer fire departments give so much to our communities.Now, one NRV fire fighter needs help from the community.The Elliston Fire Department is taking care of one of their own not with just words of encouragement, but actions of care.At 60-something years old Paul Herrell can't get around as quickly as he used to.He walks with a cane, lost an arm in an accident and was recently diagnosed with stag... More>>

Formerly homeless child raises awareness for Roanoke Rescue Mission Video included

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"Packing the Park" of Wednesday's Salem Red Sox game also makes a difference for the Roanoke Rescue Mission. More>>

Savannah Day hands out toys to hospital patients on St. Patrick's Day Video included

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Botetourt County teen Savannah Day spent Monday afternoon at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital delivering smiles to children. Savannah went room to room handing out toys to the little patients. This isn't the first time she has done this. In fact, Savannah and her sisters organized a toy drive back at Christmas for patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which is where she underwent brain surgery. “During our j... More>>

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  • WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward wins award from Va. Assn. of Broadcasters

    WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward wins award from Va. Assn. of Broadcasters

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:39 GMT
    WSLS Anchor Lindesy WardWSLS Anchor Lindesy Ward
    Virginia Beach (WSLS) -- WSLS News Anchor Lindsey Ward has received the award for Best Human Interest Series by The Virginia Association of Broadcasters.Ward received the award on June 20,during the VAB's annual conference at Virginia Beach.
    Virginia Beach (WSLS) -- WSLS News Anchor Lindsey Ward has received the award for Best Human Interest Series by The Virginia Association of Broadcasters.Ward received the award on June 20,during the VAB's annual conference at Virginia Beach.
  • Feed the Fire Candles celebrates 1st anniversary

    Feed the Fire Candles celebrates 1st anniversary

    Saturday, May 3 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-05-04 02:56:01 GMT
    "Feed the Fire Candles" held their first anniversary event today at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. Their mission: to help communities fight hunger and they do that by selling candles. One candle is worth 4 meals to food banks. And so far they've made thousands of donations to various food banks in Southwest Virginia.Feed the Fire Candles
    "Feed the Fire Candles" held their first anniversary event today at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. Their mission: to help communities fight hunger and they do that by selling candles. One candle is worth 4 meals to food banks. And so far they've made thousands of donations to various food banks in Southwest Virginia.Feed the Fire Candles
  • Salem High School students painting pumpkins for victims of house fire

    Salem High School students painting pumpkins for victims of house fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:13 GMT
    Art students at Salem High School are raising money to help the Petty family get back on their feet after a house fire. The students are making a difference by custom painting pumpkins with spooky art,
    Art students at Salem High School are raising money to help the Petty family get back on their feet after a house fire.
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