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  Mid-Southerners show love and support through virtual floor signing

As tradition during the St. Jude Dream Home campaign, we gather sponsors together to sign the unfinished floor of the dream home. But due to COVID-19 protocols, this year we’re doing a virtual floor signing and offering words of encouragement to St. Jude kids online.

  Memphis high schools host drive-thru graduation ceremonies

  Millington firefighters hand out free masks to citizens

  Kingsbury Elementary principal, librarian stepping up to keep school activities alive

  Millington Central High School Band performs ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ for graduating seniors

  Memphis Uber driver delivering meals to hospital workers gets surprised with new car

  Family, friends throw surprise 50th anniversary celebration for Memphis couple

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  International Paper gifting millions of boxes to food banks during COVID-19 pandemic

Orpheum Theatre announces virtual summer camp for students

  How your donation to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is saving lives

  Memphis charter school committed to checking on students’ social, emotional well-being

  Laurelwood Shopping Center waiving May rent for all tenants due to coronavirus closures

  Free meals, jump ropes handed out to SCS students at Davis Family YMCA

WMC awarded Regional Murrow Award for Memphis 200 documentary

WMC was awarded “Excellence in Video” for photographer Shiela Whaley’s opening story in our Memphis 200 documentary.

  Mid-South Eagle Scout honored in first-ever social distancing pinning ceremony

The Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts of America held its first-ever social distancing Court of Honor ceremony for one Mid-South resident over the weekend.

  Jonesboro officer receives thank you card from children during COVID-19 pandemic

McDaniel rolled down the window and was given a card that read “JPD Officer.”

  Collierville high school student stepping up to sew masks for community

A Houston High School student has used the extra time she's had at home to hone her sewing skills and make masks for people in her community.

National Nurses Week: Help us celebrate our Mid-South nurses!

  Girls, Inc. of Memphis opens virtual programming to all area girls

  Generous gesture by Mid-South teacher turns virtual lessons into global sensation

  ‘Letters of love’ delivered to Mid-South senior living homes

Shelby Farms Park announces births of buffalo calves

  Memphis chef stepping up to donate gourmet meals to families

  Family, friends surprise former St. Jude patient with drive-by graduation celebration

A former St Jude patient received an amazing surprise Saturday. Our cameras were there as a cancer survivor, kept from a graduation because of the coronavirus, was celebrated by her friends and family

  Mid-South family starts fund to connect hospital patients with loved ones

After losing their father to COVID-19, the Eldred family brought it upon themselves to set up a fund with Baptist DeSoto to purchase iPads so families can stay in touch.

  Mid-South Heroes: Recognizing frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

With all of our health care workers, police officers, firefighters and other first responders putting themselves at risk on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, how could we pick just one Mid-South hero for April?

  Local church, leaders give away free gas in Frayser

A local church and Mid-South officials came together to do some good in the Frayser-Raleigh neighborhood today, by giving out free gas during a time where many wallets are tightening because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Golden Gate Cathedral giving away gas to 200 Mid-South families

Two-hundred families are getting a free tank of gas in the Mid-South.

  Riders put on parade to help WWII veterans celebrate 75 years of freedom

Wednesday, Forever Young Veterans and Patriot Guard Riders held a parade for two World War II veterans who were Prisoners of War 75 years ago.

  Collierville High School students donate masks to local police

School may be closed, but that did not stop a group of Collierville students from working together to help first responders who have to interact with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Family celebrates grandmother’s 99th birthday through facility window

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitation is strictly prohibited at senior living facilities but that didn’t stop one Mid-South family from helping their grandmother celebrate her birthday.

  Memphis in May BBQ team feeds 350 families

The Memphis in May barbecue team ‘Auto B Grillin’ of Memphis Auto Auction prepped and cooked enough meat to feed 350 families of Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM).

  Memphis in May BBQ Contest competitors feed families during pandemic

A team that normally competes in Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest is helping out those in need!

92-year-old gets up from recliner, dances, after hearing grandson is selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL draft

92-year-old gets up from recliner,dances,after hearing grandson is selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL draft

  Majestic Gardens at Memphis delivers pizza to health care workers

Employees at Majestic Gardens at Memphis, a skilled nursing facility, treated frontline workers at Methodist University Hospital to more than 200 pizzas Friday.

Groups plan caravan to support healthcare workers at Methodist University Hospital

Two groups plan to caravan around Methodist University Hospital to show support for Mid-South healthcare workers.

  Family puts on parade for St. Jude patient’s birthday

Abi Blankenship turned 12 years old Thursday, after 90 rounds of chemo to treat a rare cancer called Ewing Sarcoma.

  FedEx mechanic builds intubation box to protect medical staff from coronavirus

While FedEx planes are busy shipping vital PPE to hospitals around the country, a FedEx mechanic created a new piece of equipment that’s saving healthcare workers’ lives on the frontline in Memphis and the Mid-South.

  10,000 masks donated to residents of Memphis Housing Authority

Memphis Housing Authority residents received 10,000 face masks.

  Local church stepping up to donate food to feed elderly while bringing business to restaurants

A local church is doing its part to help the most vulnerable in the community during the coronavirus pandemic by feeding seniors living in senior housing facilities.

WMC and Gray TV’s ‘Singing For Their Supper’ telethon raises a million dollars for local food banks across the country

The music special featuring country stars and singer-songwriters aired Saturday on more than 50 Gray TV stations, including WMC.

Explore Bike Share extend free rides for another month

Explore Bike Share is extending its free bike rental for 30 more days as a healthy response to COVID-19.

  Mother, daughter team inspires volunteers to help create thousands of free face masks

Carol Thomas and her daughter, Jessica, began Shields of Faith March 21. They’ve since created more than 7,000 masks for hospital workers, the Marines, the Army, mailmen and tree cutters.

Bass Pro donates 12,000 masks to Memphis health care workers

Bass Pro donates 12,000 masks to Memphis area health care workers.

  Disney brings back Bedtime Hotline for kids

Disney is offering a hotline that lets characters say good night to kids.

  ‘Mayor’s Meal Challenge’ benefits Memphis restaurants, Mid-South Food Bank

The restaurant industry in Memphis is being severely challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. But they’re getting some help with a new push from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland that also benefits the Mid-South Food Bank.

  Elementary P.E. teachers hold virtual challenge to encourage students to get physical exercise

Schilling Farms Elementary school P.E. teachers are making sure their students get daily exercise while learning from home.

  Mid-South family reunites after fight with coronavirus

The coronavirus is separating families for weeks on end, one Mid-South teen went to London for spring break and when he came back he tested positive for COVID-19.

  Memphis medical professionals helping out in New York to fight COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has hit New York harder than any other city in the United States. A group of Memphis medical professionals are in New York, helping out in some of the hardest hit areas.

  Olive Branch woman makes free masks to fight coronavirus pandemic

We all know the Mid-South is one of the most generous places to live in the U.S. During the coronavirus pandemic, Mid-Southerners are helping each other the best they can.

  COVID-19 presents adoption challenges as sisters reunite in their forever home

Like many children who enter the foster care system, Jada and Jamaya’s future was uncertain.

  Viral call to honor first responders brings candlelight to porches in Tenn.

If you drive around town, you may see candles or lights on front porches.

  Olive Branch teacher, students stepping up to continue reading buddy program virtually

The program nearly ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Dey says she couldn’t stand to see those relationships end.

“One Million Bubbles of Hope”: Over 300 balloon artists planning to brighten the globe

Stay at home orders across the country have resulted in some pretty creative methods for putting smiles on faces. Some are taking really cool portraits through windows, while others are coming up with fun quarantine songs.

  Crosstown High student expresses herself in virtual poetry slam competition

One Crosstown High student wrote about her experience during this pandemic for a slam poetry competition.

Cross County Sheriff’s Office delivering supplies to those in need

The Cross County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas is helping deliver essential supplies to those in need.

Mighty Lights to glow blue for health care workers

After sundown on Thursday, the Mighty Lights on the Big River Crossing will glow blue to honor health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.

  Laurelwood Shopping Center forgives all April rents due to coronavirus closures

Businesses at Laurelwood Shopping Center are praising the owner of the retail complex after they were informed they will pay nothing in April.

  Mid-South couple says ‘I do’ with over 100 guests via video chat

While COVID-19 is altering major milestones for many, it didn't stop one Memphis couple from tying the knot Saturday and hosting more than 100 virtual guests.

  Memphis rappers feed hundreds of families impacted by COVID-19

Some local rappers are helping to bankroll a food truck giveaway for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they're not done giving.

  Former Grizzlies star donates $10,000 to help feed Shelby County students and families during COVID-19 crisis

Zack Randolph has donated $10,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank, providing Shelby County Schools’ students and families a new mobile food pantry during the COVID-19 crisis.

  Mid-South restaurants stepping up to feed health care workers

While many restaurants have fallen on tough times due to the spread of COVID-19, some are taking it upon themselves to step up and help feed hospital workers.

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.

  Doctor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works with survivors long after they win the battle

Before joining St. Jude in 2008, Dr. Tim Folse practiced family medicine for 20 years. He says his job at the hospital has basically been a whole new world.

  Mid-South Heroes: Firefighter dedicates herself to the people she serves

A brush with near-tragedy as a teenager ignited a dream in this month's Mid-South Hero, Brenda Hartfield.

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

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation is donating $3.25 million to multiple food banks across the state.

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

To look at the beautiful, bright smile on 16-year-old Paishence’s face now, you would never know that she was in serious pain eight years ago. While she says she doesn’t fully remember it, her mom will never forget.

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

Bartlett business launches lunch giveaway for families in need during coronavirus outbreak.

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

It started off on Facebook and has now become a full-fledged mask-making operation overnight.

  Dorsey Hopson pledges money for hourly workers impacted by the coronavirus

The former Shelby County Schools Superintendent has announced a challenge to ease coronavirus fallout.

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

While the Mid-South starts to feel the impact of the spreading coronavirus, it wasn’t all bad news this week. Here are 5 Great Things that happened this week in the Mid-South.

  Peabody Hotel named ‘South’s Best Historic Hotel’

According to Southern Living, the Peabody ducks “are just one of many reasons to love this beautiful 464-room luxury hotel,” citing the Peabody’s restaurants, shops, freshly-baked pastries and “impeccable hospitality.”

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

This week’s 5 Great Things starts by showing how Mid-Southerners are helping tornado victims in Middle Tennessee.

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

All across the Mid-South people are stepping up after seeing the devastation in Middle Tenneessee.

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

Angie Church Jones says her grandson, 2-year-old Lincoln Hopper, has been at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital since Sept. 7, 2019 awaiting a heart transplant.

Arkansas school resource officer seen praying at school flagpole

Officer DeAndra Warren’s daughter took to social media sharing a picture of her father praying for children at the school.

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

Children up for adoption through the non-profit Youth Villages organization are getting a pleasant surprise -- personalized videos to help them get adopted!

  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.