Remembering “Officer Smiley”

The coronavirus has stopped so many things in our lives from the basics like hugs and handshakes to the big life event such as weddings and funerals. This year it also stopped the way police officers grieve and honor those lost in the line of duty. Tomorrow,...

Vision to Serve

When the Vision to Learn (VTL) van entered the apartment complex, volunteers were waiting behind two folding tables set up in the parking lot. On this morning, the van wasn’t delivering eye exams or free glasses. This day, like every day for the past...

Little Pantry | Big Blessing

Eighteen months ago, Mia Platt wasn’t thinking there might be a global pandemic that would affect Charlotte. Mia was simply searching for a service project for her Girl Scout Silver Award. To earn the award, a scout must identify an issue she cares...

Box of Love

“To help other people is the greatest feeling,” says Laurie Martin, founder of Simplicity Organizers and Simplicity Serves. While her main business is helping people organize and simplify their lives, Laurie’s real passion runs much deeper. Her...

Common Grounds | Uncommon Generosity

It started with an abundance of tomatoes. What to do with a prolific garden and not enough appetite to eat all the juicy reds multiplying each week? Sarah Belk wondered if all the produce in her farm garden could somehow generate good. “What if we...

Supplies for the Heroes

When Amalia Juchnik talked to me on the phone Monday, she was slightly out of breath from pulling her two boys up a hill in a red wagon. But she was also breathless about the under-reported community crisis in Charlotte brought on by COVID-19 that is...

Full Bellies. Full Hearts.

It began with a group text Paris Harrell received from her friend Talyn Tatka: “What can we do to help the kids in your class?” Her group of seven girlfriends, all in their twenties, regularly communicate on a thread, and earlier in the year, they...

Creative Closeness

Two weeks ago, most of us had never heard the terms “flattening the curve” or “social distancing.” But this is our new normal. Dr. Anthony Fauci, once an unknown immunologist, has become America’s most trusted family doctor. While Charlotte’s...