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, May 15th, is National Peace Officers Memorial...

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...

A Heart for Food and Families

As a teacher at Bruns Avenue Elementary School, Jennifer Harrison understands the importance of food for her students for many reasons. First, she is a single mom herself with four sons ranging in ages from 15 to 22. “They are like nothing else,...

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...

#CLTStrong for our HealthCare Heroes

Like so many, Caroline Few Elliott has been working from home reading the increasingly bad news about the pandemic paralyzing us all. As a former pediatric nurse, she knows well that it can be a stressful, thankless job even when there is not a killer...

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...

Rare and Risky Love

Forty-two days. That’s how long I had known Charlie before he blurted out over the remnants of a trout almandine dinner, “Will you marry me?” There was no champagne and for that matter, no ring, because this guy I had met only six-weeks before...