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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis Zoo welcomes bat-eared foxes to Cat Country exhibit

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Shrine Circus returns to Memphis this weekend

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

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

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

  Twins celebrate the holidays together dialysis-free after kidney transplants

  Former open-heart surgery patient becomes honorary MPD officer

  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

  ’Night to Shine’ event celebrates people with special needs

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

  Man stepping up to bring life back into Orange Mound

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

  Harlem Globetrotters stepping up to reunite local military family

  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.

Sorority holds first black entrepreneur Holiday shopping pop-up

The Kappa Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated held its' first Black Entrepreneur Holiday shopping pop-up.

  Local organization bails out defendants for the holidays

Just in time for the holidays at 201 Poplar, a man was arrested for shoplifting and couldn’t afford his $1,000 bond. The non-profit Just City offered to pay the bail.

  Memphis families surprised with paid off layaway balances

Two former University of Memphis football players who went on to the NFL surprised several Bluff City families on Friday by paying off their layaway balances.

  Hall of Famer gifts kids from Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis with trip to Cotton Bowl

Three local kids are getting the chance of a lifetime with an all-expenses-paid trip to the Cotton Bowl in Texas, thanks to Tiger legend Isaac Bruce.

Memphis pool players donate thousands to St. Jude

Over $10,000 in raffle items and silent auction items were donated to the benefit. Organizers raised a total of $8,411 for St. Jude Children Research Hospital.

  5 Great Things: SCSO deputies donate gifts to Salvation Army angels; Mid-South 2nd graders hang out with nursing home residents

Despite the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, folks still found time to do Great Things in the Mid-South this week before Christmas. Here are 5.

  Mid-South 3rd grader gets emotional soldier surprise from her mother

A 3rd grader at Riverwood Elementary in Cordova gets a memorable holiday gift during an emotional soldier suprise.

  Shelby County deputies donate gifts to Salvation Army angels

Shelby County deputies transformed Vollentine Elementary School into Santa’s workshop, delivering gifts to angels adopted through the Salvation Army.

  Shelby County cheer team gives joyful Christmas to thousands of local kids

A Shelby County cheer team is giving a joyful Christmas to thousands of local kids.

  Stax Music Academy student surprised with gifts from Ellen, Justin Timberlake

After performing on national television and being awarded an opportunity of a lifetime, 16-year-old Stax Music Academy student Christopher Clark is back in Memphis and thankful for his experience.

  5 Great Things: Doug the Pug visits St. Jude; Stax Music Academy students featured on Ellen

Our two-day Porter-Leath Toy Truck drive has officially kicked off. As hundreds of you answer the call to make sure every child has a Christmas present this year, at least 5 other Great Things happened this week.

  Stax Music Academy featured on ‘Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways'

Students from Stax Academy were featured on the finale of Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.

Shop with a Cop builds bond between young kids and police

On Saturday morning, 50 children went on a shopping spree with an assigned officer to get Christmas gifts to put under their tree this holiday season.

  5 Great Things: MLH to offer higher education for employees; Agreement reached on future of Tom Lee Park

Turkey hangovers did nothing to slow down do-good Mid-Southerners. Here are 5 Great Things that happened this week in the Mid-South.

  Vermont woman presented with Hero Among Us Award by St. Jude

On Thursday, Sue Kessler was awarded the annual Hero Among Us Award by St. Jude.

  Family returns to Memphis for marathon after losing daughter to cancer about a month ago

Thousands of runners are beginning to arrive in Memphis for this weekend’s St. Jude Marathon, including one family that has suffered a heartbreaking loss.

  It’s a wrap: Thank you for donating to the 12th Annual WMC Holiday Food Drive

Today is the day! We’ve partnered with the Mid-South Food Bank for our 12th annual WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive!

  SCS kicks off 5th Annual Operation Warm Hearts for students in need

SCS’s Operation Warm Hearts is a drive to give a coat to every student who needs one.

Memphis awarded HUD Grant for lead paint removal in homes

The grant focuses on the reduction of lead paint hazards in the homes of low-income families with young children that were built before 1978.

Donate this Wednesday to the 12th annual WMC Holiday Food Drive

On Wednesday, WMC Action News 5 anchors and meteorologists are fanning out across the metro to collect your donations for our 12th annual Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank.

  Governor Bill Lee declares Dec. 1 as ‘Rosa Parks Day’

Known for her courage and bravery, Rosa Parks will now be permanently honored in Tennessee.

  5 Great Things: City puts on first ever MEMFeast; Travelers provided with therapy dogs at Memphis airport

We hope your week has been filled with family and things to be thankful for. Before we end it, let’s look back at 5 Great Things that happened.

  November Mid-South Hero: Brandon Pittman

Heroes across the Mid-South are driven by purpose. After serving in the Marines, November’s Mid-South Hero found his -- saving lives in Memphis.

  Local barber’s random act of kindness changes man’s life

A simple act of kindness helped change the life of a man who had been homeless.

Free Thanksgiving events set to serve those in need in Memphis

Some of these events will also offer other goods like warm clothing for winter weather and even counselors.