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Central Virginia Food Bank

When Megan’s parents and the staff at her elementary school met to discuss her school performance, there was an unexpected revelation: The family was struggling to provide food and other basics for their daughter. Megan’s mom talked to the assistant…

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CrossOver Ministry

  Late last summer, following her husband’s job loss in Texas, Maria relocated her family to Richmond. When Maria tried to enroll her four kids in school, she learned they needed back-to-school physicals and updated immunizations before they could attend…

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Hands On Greater Richmond

Volunteering has many benefits for people of all ages, from meeting interesting people, to acquiring new skill sets, to building self-confidence and self-esteem. But did you know that youth who volunteer just one or more hours a week are 50…

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Children’s Miracle Network

    Ben and his mom Priscilla spent six weeks planning his tenth birthday. The invitations were sent. Mad Science was booked. Ben’s friends were excited to attend. But Ben spent his birthday and the next ten days in the hospital.…

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Shalom Farms

Twelve-year-old Kayla sits down to eat dinner with her mother and two brothers. She has herself to thank for much of the food on the table. Before the fresh vegetables landed on Kayla’s plate, they were at a food pantry,…

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ARC Camp Baker

One of the places where Leander Spencer, 17, feels most comfortable is in the water. But according to her mother, Katherine, there were few local programs where Leander, who has a severe form of autism, could swim. Fortunately, the Spencers…

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BARK (If You Love Dogs)

Spirits soared on a Saturday morning as single-eyed Belle was loaded into the PetSmart van. Week after week the 4-year-old lab/shepherd mix waited patiently to meet her forever family. Finally, it was happening. A family was waiting at the Short…

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Children’s Home Society

Allison Smith called Children’s Home Society of Virginia (CHS) in 2002 to offer her volunteer services. “I thought it was a home for children,” she said. “And I love children. My husband and I couldn’t have our own, but I…

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Richmond Kidney Walk

Three and a half months after welcoming their second child, Mackenzie, into the world, Wes and Danielle Hooker’s lives were turned upside down in an instant. While visiting Danielle’s parents, Mackenzie developed a bad cough and had to be rushed…

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