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89-year-old homeless shelter volunteer named Hometown Hero Video included


Modern Woodmen of America will present their Hometown Hero award Thursday night to an 89-year-old homeless shelter volunteer. Gene Meador has worked in the RAM House kitchen for 23 years. He not only helps prepare the food, but also sets up the serving line. The kitchen volunteers say Gene will pretty much jump-in and help out with anything needed. “He's my hero. He's an inspiration to everyone,” explained Tom Brennan, RAM House volunteer. “God has blessed me with a long life and I think fro... More>>

Roanoke man and dog return from Washington State mudslides Video included


A Roanoke man and his dog are back from Washington State after volunteering in the wake of the tragic mudslides. Mark Smoot and Levvi traveled across the country to make a difference helping victims. Mark documented his trip volunteering at the base camp where searchers moved in and out. He didn't get to help at ground zero, but did what he could to make a difference for those tasked with finding people alive. He say... More>>

Bedford church to start food pantry Video included


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


“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


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


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


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


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>>

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