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  Non-profit stepping up to provide tiny homes for transgender community

A local non-profit that helps serve the transgender community is stepping up to provide permanent housing for those who have no place to stay.

Mid-South woman turns 100

  Mid-South middle schooler makes masks for the homeless

Memphis Chinese community stepping up to combat COVID-19

  LeMoyne-Owen receives $40M endowment

A firefighter surprise! Boy leaves hospital after heart transplant to find his heroes waiting outside

  Local non-profit stepping up to help kids read over the summer

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  Mid-South Holocaust survivor gets special 90th birthday surprise

Le Bonheur, St. Jude ranked among nation’s best children’s hospitals

  SCS honors 2020 Principal of the Year with special ceremony

Memphis Zoo welcomes baby bat-eared foxes

Lost Collierville class ring takes 900-mile trip back to its owner

  School employees, parents present brand new truck to Germantown custodian during appreciation parade

  SCS, U of M launch George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Friday, Shelby County Schools and the University of Memphis announced their commitment to creating a scholarship in honor of George Floyd.

  Collierville teenager steps up to donate personal protective equipment to healthcare workers

Across the United States, there have been countless reports of shortages in personal protective equipment for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. One Collierville High School student is pitching in to help.

  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.

  Mid-South Heroes: Recognizing teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

For May, we're recognizing teachers and all our educators as this month's Mid-South Heroes.

  Man stepping up to spread joy along Mid-South sidewalks during pandemic

  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

During a pandemic, it’s very difficult to safely celebrate milestones. So, one family planned a special surprise 50th anniversary for a Memphis couple to help them celebrate.

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

International Paper is donating millions of boxes to food relief organizations.

Orpheum Theatre announces virtual summer camp for students

If your kids are interested in performing arts, this is the perfect opportunity for your family

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

Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway have sold at a record pace this year… with only a fraction of tickets still available.

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a particular toll on children, who might not fully understand all of the sudden changes in their lives. To help children cope one charter school in Memphis is focusing on the social and emotional well-being of its students.

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

One Memphis landlord is stepping up for the second month in a row.

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

Thanks to the American Heart Association and Cigna, 6,000 jump ropes were handed out at the YMCA in Whitehaven.

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!

WMC Action News 5 is celebrating National Nurses Week by showcasing nurses through pictures shared with us by family, friends, patients and coworkers.

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

With students still out of school due to COVID-19, Girls, Incorporated of Memphis is opening its new virtual programming to all girls in the Memphis community.

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

A generous gesture by a Mid-South teacher turned his virtual physics classes into an online sensation.

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

It has been almost two weeks since a special mailbox went up at the Shops at Carriage Crossing for people to drop off letters for senior citizens. Wednesday, those letters were delivered to Home Instead Senior Care, and they put some smiles on the residents’ faces.

Shelby Farms Park announces births of buffalo calves

This weekend’s Mother’s Day celebration kicked off early at Shelby Farms Park where two buffalo recently gave birth.

  Memphis chef stepping up to donate gourmet meals to families

A gourmet chef who serves up elegant dishes for patrons of Dixon Gallery and Gardens took some delectable delights to some lucky diners in North Memphis on Tuesday.

  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.