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5 cool things that happened in Memphis this week

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

There's no denying that the heat was the biggest story this week in Memphis, but that didn't stop some very cool things from happening.

1.  Free A/C units

Electrolux helped donate new air conditioning units to some Mid-Southerners.  The President of the Neighborhood Christian Center said they wanted to help people who may not have a way to stay cool in the heat.

"It's important that we have neighbors like Electrolux that pour out their hearts, not just in bringing jobs to the city but helping out the less fortunate," said Ephie Johnson, President and CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Center.

2. The Memphis Zoo

Our very own Memphis Zoo won yet another honor when TripAdvisor named it as one of the top zoos in the entire world.

TripAdvisor's new 'Traveler's Choice' list ranked the Memphis Zoo as the 23rd out of the 25 best zoos in the world.

3. Graduates head to the White House

As part of Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative, two Memphis graduates are headed to the White House.

The First Lady will honor Dellarontay Readus of Melrose High School and Bettie Elston of Fairley High School.  They're two of 150 students who will attend the Beating the Odds Summit in Washington, D.C.

4. Service Over Self

Campers with Service Over Self aren't letting the heat beat them

Nearly 200 volunteers worked in the scorching temperatures to give back and repair homes in low-income neighborhoods.

5. Tony Allen goes to camp

All heart beyond the hardwood.

The Grindfather, Tony Allen, surprised kids at a summer camp at St. Paul's Catholic School.

Allen took photos, gave autographs, and passed along a very important message.

"He told us to work hard in education," said one camper.

Stay cool, Memphis, and have a great weekend!

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