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  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.

  MLK Days of Service kick off in Memphis

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

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

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

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

  Nurse gives birth to first baby of 2020 at Regional One

  Looking back: Memphis in the 2010s

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

  Save money during themed evenings at Starry Nights in Shelby Farms

Arkansas fire chief gives kidney to teenager

  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

  Local organization bails out defendants for the holidays

  Memphis families surprised with paid off layaway balances

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

Memphis pool players donate thousands to St. Jude

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

  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.

  A Tale of Two Pies: Sweet Potato vs. Pumpkin

The Great Pie Debate

  Therapy dogs provide comfort to holiday travelers at Memphis airport

On Tuesday, a team of four-legged furry friends showed up at Memphis International Airport to help relieve some of that stress.

Babies transform into the cutest little turkeys in the nursery at St. Francis Hospital

The hospital shared pictures of their nursery babies dressed up as Thanskgiving’s star dish.

  From patient to nurse: Cancer survivor emphasizes the importance of the St. Jude mission ahead of marathon weekend

Ashley McTyre was just 10 years old when she became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She says the doctors and nursing staff made all the difference for her.

  Shelby County celebrates 200th birthday

Shelby County celebrated its 200th birthday Sunday with a party in the park.

Arielle Hudson becomes Ole Miss’ first female African-American awarded Rhodes Scholarship

A University of Mississippi senior is the first African American woman from the school to become a Rhodes Scholar.

  New family celebrates National Adoption Day, urges others to help fill need

Families all over the country celebrated National Adoption Day on Saturday with special ceremonies, and renewed the call for much needed foster parents and parents willing to adopt.

  $600K Binghampton athletic complex to break ground Saturday

The site of the old Lester schools will soon be home to a $600,000 athletic complex.

  Group transforming golf course into safe haven for Mid-South veterans

A portion of the old Memphis Defense Depot is being transformed into a special place for veterans.

  Memphis prepares for rapid transit bus system

A major improvement to mass transit to Memphis is on its way.

You can get texts from Santa leading up to Christmas

The holly, jolly, man himself will text jokes, sayings, recipes, facts, and little reminders.

  Tennessee Navy corpsman saves mother’s life with live liver transplant

Mary Arthur’s likelihood of receiving a liver from a deceased donor was small since the Mid-South donor area only gets about 50 deceased donors a year. Then, she was told about live liver donors where someone can give part of their liver to a transplant patient.

5 Great Things: Memphis honors veterans with parade; ‘Healthy Frayser’ brings food to the community

Let the outside warm-up begin, because the Mid-South is on fire with Great Things. Here are 5 that happened this week.

‘Healthy Frayser’ brings food to the community

Healthy Frayser is a collaboration between the American Heart Association, Fish-N-Loaves and The Care Center.

Mississippi soldier missing in Korean War accounted for after almost 69 years

The announcement came Wednesday morning from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 and is now accounted for.

  2019 Holiday Food Drive benefits the Mid-South Food Bank and helps families in need

WMC Action News 5 and the Mid-South Food Bank are collecting food for those in need this holiday season, and once again we’re teaming up with Cash Saver to collect the donations.

  Game Changer: Grizzlies blazing a new trail this season with team’s 1st female assistant coach

Niele Ivey is living her dream and inspiring other women to do the same.

  5 Great Things: Collierville featured in Bluff City Law; Superlo coming to Orange Mound

It might be cold outside but Mid-Southerners once again showed off their warm hearts. Here are 5 Great Things that happened this week.

  Ali the giraffe back on exhibit at Memphis Zoo after surgery

Nearly seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured ankle, Ali the giraffe is back on exhibit at the Memphis Zoo.

  EDGE Board approves loan for new Superlo in Orange Mound

The new Superlo in Orange Mound is getting a loan to renovate the once-abandoned Kroger grocery on Lamar Avenue.

  Memphis company donates more than 300 sports balls to school that lost recess equipment

On Tuesday, Kent Ritchey, president of Landers Auto Group, donated more than 300 basketballs, footballs and soccer balls to Wells Station Elementary. The school’s storage unit was the target of a break-in over the summer.

  St. Jude breaks ground on 2020 Dream Home

A groundbreaking marked the spot of the soon to be home which will be given away to a lucky ticket buyer, and organizers are hoping for more ticket buyers than ever.

  Memphis experiences incredible national exposure over past year

Between College GameDay's visit to Memphis, “Bluff City Law,” Facebook’s national ad campaign and Hallmark’s “Christmas at Graceland” franchise it’s been a great year of publicity for the city.

  U of M vs. SMU game brings record crowd to Liberty Bowl

The Memphis Tigers football team took on the SMU Mustangs in the Liberty Bowl Saturday night.

  Superhero Toy Drive honors memory of young cancer patient by providing toys to St. Jude families

It’s easy to be a superhero to hundreds of children in the Mid-south. All you have to do is donate to the Superhero Toy Drive.

  5 Great Things: Memphis man gifted with new home; NICU babies sport adorable Halloween costumes

Let’s kick off this month of Thanksgiving with 5 Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

Babies don Halloween costumes at Saint Francis Hospital

Nurses had a ball playing dress-up with their pint-sized patients.

  Mid-South Heroes: Police chief makes sacrifice to protect students

October's Mid-South Hero is a small-town police chief whose big gesture has drawn praise across the country.

  NCRM’s 28th Freedom Award honors civil, human rights activists

Recording artist John Legend, Nigerian human rights activist Hafsat Abiola and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem were the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2019 Freedom Award.

  NICU babies celebrate Halloween with adorable costumes

NICU nurses at Methodist Germantown Hospital dressed up the babies in adorable Halloween costumes.

  Trio to be honored for 2019 NCRM Freedom Awards

Wednesday night is the 2019 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards in Memphis, and three people will be honored for their contributions to civil and human rights.

First African American woman crowned Miss Mississippi USA 2020

Asya Branch, a student at Ole Miss from Booneville, was crowned as the first African American Miss Mississippi USA.

  Memphis man gifted with new home; surprise caught on camera

The act of kindness that brought Greg Boyd to his knees.

  Buddist monk passes through Memphis on 3-month cross country bike tour

A Zen Buddhist monk from Japan made his way through Memphis Monday. Did you see him? He was riding a bike!

  5 Great Things: Frayser families get healthy food for free; Memphis men’s b-ball rank on AP Top 25 poll

As the week comes to a rainy end, let's brighten up the day with five great things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

  Trader Joe’s donates boxes of food to those in need after tornado

Some say natural disasters can bring out the best in people. One group is seeing the best of a national corporation.

  New program offers healthy meals to Frayser families for free

Dozens of Frayser families will soon be getting healthy meals for free.

Music tourism development in the works in Osceola

The city’s ideas include a boutique hotel, skating rink, movie theatre, wedding chapel and much more that will feature multiple legends like Willie Bloom and Johnny Cash.

  Goodwill Homes hosts Foster Care 5K Run

More than 40 runners and walkers came out to Overton Park Saturday for a 5k benefiting the Goodwill Homes Community Services Foster Care Program.