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Salvation Army partners with Memphis restaurants to feed those in need

The Salvation Army of Memphis & the Mid-South is partnering with restaurants in Memphis to serve meals to the most vulnerable, while also helping to keep small businesses running during the coronavirus outbreak.

BlueCross BlueShield donating $750K to Mid-South Food Bank

  Mother says St. Jude ‘angels’ saved her daughter’s life

  Bartlett business owner plans to give 1,500 meals to families in need

  Mid-South volunteers stepping up to help make medical masks for health care workers

  Dorsey Hopson pledges money for hourly workers impacted by the coronavirus

  5 Great Things: Memphis opera singer featured on ‘The Voice’ & Peabody Hotel named ‘South’s Best Historic Hotel’

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  Peabody Hotel named ‘South’s Best Historic Hotel’

  5 Great Things: Tennesseeans help tornado victims; Memphis firefighters surprise 2-year-old

  Mid-South businesses, residents stepping up to help tornado victims in middle Tennessee

SO SWEET: Memphis firefighters surprise young patient at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Arkansas school resource officer seen praying at school flagpole

  Youth Villages partners with video production company to help foster children find a home

  Memphis school stepping up to help children in crisis by donating stuffed animals

Students at a Memphis school are stepping up to help children in crisis by donating hundreds of stuffed animals to a local law enforcement agency.

  5 Great Things: 84-year-old Ole Miss fan wins new car; AT&T donates $10K to Memphis non-profits

Mid-Southerners leapt ahead of Leap Day to make Great Things happen in their community. Here are 5 from this week.

  Local hospitals celebrate 2020 Leap Year with newborn and NICU babies

Hospitals in Memphis are excited about the 2020 Leap Year, looking forward to the extra day by dressing up newborn babies and NICU babies in frog fashion -- crocheted frog costumes.

Boy saves up spare change, adopts puppy

Some spare change helped bring a young boy together with a puppy.

Peyton Manning to receive ‘Distinguished Citizen Award’ from AutoZone Liberty Bowl

  Mid-South Heroes: Public servant gives his all to his community

  Local Jewish community stepping up to help feed those in need with the ‘Great Big Sandwich Make’

MDOT worker helps deliver baby on I-20: ‘They weren’t going to make it to the hospital’

  AT&T donates $10,000 to three Memphis non-profits

WATCH: 84-year-old Ole Miss fan wins new car with insane golf putt

  5 Great Things: School raises money to buy vehicle for custodian; Hugs for Miriam

Here are 5 Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

  MAS officers speak on rescuing dog from meat processing pit

The Memphis Animal Service officers who saved a stray dog stuck in a meat processing pit are sharing their incredible story with WMC Action News 5.

MAS rescues dog from meat processing pit

Wednesday, Memphis Animal Services received a call from a meat plant that reported a dog who was stuck in a meat processing pit.

  Hugs for Miriam: Students teaching acceptance and kindness with daily hugs for 4-year-old classmate with cerebral palsy

Every day before 4-year-old Miriam leaves her Memphis school, her classmates say goodbye with hugs and high-fives. Her mother says it means the world that they're showing acceptance and kindness to Miriam who has cerebral palsy.

  Man stepping up to fund St. Jude family’s stay at Ronald McDonald House with pop top donation

A Mississippi man is stepping up to make sure one St. Jude family has all the comforts of home while they’re in Memphis for treatment. And he’s doing it one pop top at a time!

  St. Jude Dream Home fundraiser helps kids like Jordyn, a gymnast

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helps children battle terrifying diseases for no cost to their family.

  School employees, parents raise money to buy vehicle for Germantown custodian

Robert Reed is the much-loved custodian at Farmington Elementary in Germantown. He loves his job so much, he’s willing to walk miles, literally, to get to work. His colleagues decided it was time to give Robert a lift.

  Forrest City community stepping up to help officer injured in Walmart shooting

Residents in Forrest City, Arkansas are stepping up to help a police officer who was shot in the line of duty there.

Memphis Zoo welcomes bat-eared foxes to Cat Country exhibit

The Memphis Zoo has two new residents. Bat-eared foxes Helen and Raj recently joined the Cat Country exhibit.

Shrine Circus returns to Memphis this weekend

For more than 75 years, the Shrine Circus has entertained Mid-South crowds each and every year. Once again they are coming to the Agricenter in Memphis this weekend.

St. Jude patient meets players and coaches during NBA All Star Weekend

A St. Jude patient got the chance to rub elbows with players, coaches and mascots during NBA All-Star Weekend.

  A Valentine 100 hearts strong: Gift of Life Mid-South celebrates 100th child milestone

Sherlen Hernandez became the 100th Gift of Life Mid-South child to undergo life-saving surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

  5 Great Things: Triathletes donate $2K to re-mark Shelby Farms trails; Mid-South mom gives foster children a home

It's always Valentine's Day in the Mid-South, or so it seems with all the Great Things happening. Here are 5 from this week.

  Twins celebrate the holidays together dialysis-free after kidney transplants

Transplant surgeons in Memphis are asking Mid-Southerners to consider giving the gift of life this holiday season. There's an organ shortage across the country even though transplants have been proven to dramatically change people's lives for the better.

  Former open-heart surgery patient becomes honorary MPD officer

Some Memphis Police officers are helping one Bluff City child's dream come true, earlier than he expected.

  Mid-South mom stepping up to give foster children a home

One Mid-South woman is showing children and teens love and support by opening her home to those in need.

  Penny Hardaway named PRSA’s Communicator of the Year

Memphis Head Basketball Coach Penny Hardaway received a special honor Thursday.

  Slave Haven Museum in Memphis gives unique perspective on the Underground Railroad

Inside an inconspicuous house in North Memphis, a secret was held for 150 years.

  Local candle company stepping up to help sex trafficking survivors rebuild their lives

For employees at Re+New+All Candle, creating wonderful scents is more than a job. It’s a second chance.

  Triathletes donate $2K to re-mark Shelby Farms trails

The trails at Shelby Farms will be a safer and a little easier to navigate, thanks to a donation from a group of triathletes.

  ’Night to Shine’ event celebrates people with special needs

Friday night was prom night in Memphis.

  5 Great Things: Mid-South 6-year-old stepping up to write letters to St. Jude patients; 901 Legal Connect offering free legal services

It’s a busy month for Super Bowls, Black History, Heart Health and more, like these 5 Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

  Man stepping up to bring life back into Orange Mound

A former Melrose High School graduate is stepping up for his community in a unique way.

  Black History Month: Honoring the legacy of W.C. Handy

In honor of Black History Month, we're remembering W.C. Handy, "The Father of the Blues.”

  Harlem Globetrotters stepping up to reunite local military family

An invitation to take a picture with the Harlem Globetrotters turned into an unforgettable moment for one Mid-South family -- thanks to the Globetrotters stepping up for military families.

  Mid-South 6-year-old stepping up to write letters to children at St. Jude

When Della turned 4 years old, her family received a packet in the mail from St. Jude with the picture of a St. Jude patient inside. Della decided then that she wanted to write to that patient.

  Germantown Police stepping up to help fellow officer after wife diagnosed with Leukemia

When a Germantown Police Officer got devastating news, his department wanted to be there for them. But Germantown Police Department needed the help of the community to do so.

  Visitors kick off Black History Month at Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Tours of the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum were packed on the first day of February in celebration of Black History Month.

  MLGW workers stepping up during lunch breaks to feed the homeless

Every Friday at lunch time, two Memphis Light Gas and Water employees load up their carts and hit the streets.​ But they're not looking for a bite to eat.​

  5 Great Things: Memphis Zoo introduces Poppy; Family reconnects with 100-year-old lost love letters

An emotional week throughout the Mid-South and the world and great things still happened here.

  Mid-South woman stepping up to mentor hopeful teen waiting for adoption

Matching mentors and mentees has helped change lives, and that’s the case with Rickena Patterson and her mentee, Austin.

  Family reconnected with 100-year-old lost love letters found in Midtown attic

After a Midtown homeowner found a stash of dozens letter written to a young woman named Anna Bunch, Bunch’s great niece -- who still lives in Memphis -- got in touch with the homeowner.

  5 Great Things: Food delivery bots takeover Ole Miss; dispatcher saves woman’s life in restaurant

Cold weather must mean warm hearts in the Mid-South. Here are five great things that happened this week to prove that point.

  Mid-South Mission of Mercy providing FREE dental work for patients this weekend

The Mid-South Mission of Mercy is preparing to provide free dental work to thousands on Friday and Saturday.

U.S. Postal Service reveals Forever Stamp at St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its latest Love series stamp right here in Memphis.

  Collierville dispatcher saves woman’s life at local restaurant

A Collierville dispatcher and restaurant worker teamed up to save the life of a woman who started choking during a dinner a Firebirds in Collierville.

  Sports greats honored during Grizzlies annual sports legacy symposium

The Memphis Grizzlies will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring African American trailblazers in the sports industry.

  Ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis

People across the Mid-South are celebrating the life and legacy of Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  MLK Days of Service: Helping others become financially fit

This weekend, Mid-Southerners are rolling up their sleeves to give back as part of MLK Days of Service.

  5 Great Things: Donations pour in for north Miss. storm victims; Historic MLK speech donated to UofM

As parts of the Mid-South continue to recover from devastating storms, people still found ways to make great things happen across the Mid-South this week. Here are five.

  MLGW volunteers honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with Day of Service

Friday morning, dozens of MLGW employees were hard at work in the Dave Wells community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service.

  Students that integrated Memphis City Schools 60 years ago honored with mural

To kick off this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, pioneers in civil rights history are being honored in Memphis. Nearly 60 years ago, three young African American students helped integrate Memphis City Schools by attending Bruce Elementary School.

  MLK Days of Service kick off in Memphis

More than 5,500 hundred volunteers in 10 Mid-South counties took part in last year’s MLK Days of Service. This year, the number’s supposed to be even higher.

  ‘What a glorious day’: Arkansas inmates get baptized while in jail

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office made a big announcement concerning the spirituality of their inmates.

Knights of Columbus to distribute coats for kids in honor of MLK Day

The Knights of Columbus Timothy J. Coyle Council 9317 will distribute brand new winter coats for children on Monday to commemorate MLK Day.

  NAACP, New Tri-State Defender, Kroger announce ‘Uplift the Community’ grant

The NAACP, Kroger and the New Tri-State Defender announced the “Uplift the Community” grant Wednesday morning.

  SCS high school students team up with local non-profit SoGiv

Shelby County high school students are supporting a good cause and wearing it on their feet.

  5 Great Things: 901 FC gets new director; Mid-South teacher receives $25K award

It’s Friday which means it’s time to look back at five of the great things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

  5 Great Things: Strickland pushes for youth literacy; First baby of 2020 delivered at Regional One

As the first few days of 2020 come to an end, let’s look back at 5 Great Things that happened across the Mid-South.

  Nurse gives birth to first baby of 2020 at Regional One

Eleven minutes after the start of 2020, staff at Regional One delivered the first baby of the year.

  Looking back: Memphis in the 2010s

The Bluff City experienced a lot of change during the 2010s. The decade began amid an economic downturn from the Great Recession.

Porter-Leath Toy Truck provides gifts for more than 6,200 Mid-South children

Every holiday season, the Porter-Leath Toy Truck collects toys and monetary donations benefiting their preschool children.

  Save money during themed evenings at Starry Nights in Shelby Farms

We know Christmas is over, but you can still have some holiday fun at Starry Nights!

Arkansas fire chief gives kidney to teenager

The fire chief says he felt God was telling him to “step across that line.”

  Westy’s serves free meals to the hungry on Christmas day

"This is my 12th year doing this,” said John Wheeler, owner of Memphis BBQ. “This turned into our day of giving, and it's just what we do."

  Tigers spread smiles to children at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas

Memphis Tigers football players and coaches took an afternoon away from the football field to spread smiles to children in Dallas who desperately need them.

  A Ray of Hope brings Christmas joy to Shelby County families

Shelby County Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray spread holiday cheer to families that might not otherwise celebrate the season.

  Senior citizens benefit from Jonesboro panhandler for holidays

Christmas is days away, and a local panhandler is at it again this year, delivering gifts for boys and girls in need. This year, he’s helping some bigger kids have a happy holiday.