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Charity

Middle school student braves the heat to help Pender Co. Animal Shelter

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video You may recall back in December, we brought you the story of a special middle school student. In the frigid cold, then 12-year-old Ari Garsh, volunteered his time and money to collect pet food at a local Lowe's food store for the Pender County Animal Shelter. Today, we caught up with Ari, now 13, as he braved the dangerous heat for a cause he truly believes in. Full story...
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JUST ADD HOPE: First Fruit Ministries

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video We often hear from viewers who want to see more coverage of positive things going on in our community. In an effort to do this, we are showcasing the people and groups doing good around our area and how you can get involved through a series of stories called "Just Add Hope." First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington helps feed the hungry and give the homeless shelter. But the charity is also giving the people it helps life skills to get them on their feet. Full story...
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First ever Cape Fear Dragon Boat Festival a success

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video On Saturday at the Sawmill Point Marina nearly 1,000 people gathered to watch or participate in the first ever Cape Fear Dragon Boat Festival. Full story...
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It's the end of the mustache growing season

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video Something as simple as growing a mustache is helping children in need. More than 100 men in our area grew mustaches to support local charities and they celebrated their progress on Friday night. Full story...
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WRAAP helps make sure needy have Thanksgiving feast, too

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Thanksgiving is a great day for eating as long as you have food, and many people do not. Enter WRAAP, a non-profit that finds ways to help folks in need. Full story...
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Street Turkeys program aims to help feed needy on Thanksgiving

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Many of us are preparing for a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, but there are people in our community who can't afford it. A men's group from Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church is doing something about it. Full story...
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UNCW students help "Stop Hunger Now"

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107,000 mouths will be fed because 500 UNC Wilmington students volunteered their time on Saturday. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization founded by Ray Buchanan, UNCW alum. Full story...
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Teens help fix up woman's house

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One Wilmington resident is getting the works. Teens from a Greensboro church youth group are in Wilmington helping make improvements to a home on Mercer Avenue. It's all a part of the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry. Full story...
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Wilmington couple building orphanage in Guatemala

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video A Wilmington couple is building hope by building an orphanage in Guatemala. It all started with a little bracelet. Steve Melia's brother sat next to a man on an airplane wearing one to support an orphanage in Guatemala. Now the Melias are trying to raise money to build a girl's facility next door they say is very much needed. Full story...
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Boys' lemons aid Gulf Coast fisherman

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videoSix-year-olds Hunter and Fisher Marshall went online with their mom and found a fisherman in great need of financial help. They have raised close to $200 selling lemonade. Full story...
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Putting on a bow for education

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If wrapping presents gives you headaches during the holiday season, a group of women are willing to help. Full story...
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Sweet staches for charity

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Today's snapshot was sent to us by David Hardin and the Cape Fear Community College's Sea Devil Stache Society. David is among a group at CFCC growing their best facial hair out for the "Mustaches for Kids" charity. You can vote on your favorite ‘stache from this group at Java Dog in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Carousel Center benefit; what happens in Wilmington, stays in Wilmington

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videoLas Vegas came to life Saturday night in downtown Wilmington for a fundraiser benefiting the Carousel Center. Wilmington civic and business leaders and elected officials gathered to help the center, which is a non-profit organization that helps sexually abused children. Full story...
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Room makeover is extreme for local boy

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videoA 15-year-old New Hanover County boy who is battling leukemia hasn't had a real bedroom to call his own for some time, but thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization, Zach came home from a fishing trip to a brand new bedroom. Full story...
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Pair of fundraisers help Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity will benefit from a couple different events happening in the area this week. Full story...
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