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1500 Children Left to Be Adopted for Christmas Before December 7th!

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The Salvation Army has nearly 1500 children who need to be adopted this Christmas through the Angel Tree program and is also asking for donations of toys and new clothing for children of all ages and sizes.... Read full article

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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If someone told you that your odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 3, you’d probably play, right? Those do seem like pretty good odds. But what if someone told you that today’s teens are just that likely to be affected by intimate partner or dating... Read full article

Lessons From the Ballpark

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I’m a baseball mom. I live at the ballpark from February through July. For the last seven years, I’ve sacrificed my weekends (and sometimes sanity) to drag an unearthly amount of stuff to every ballpark imaginable so our boys can do what they love.... Read full article

Megan H. Kelly

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“Enjoy the moment and just breathe,” are brilliant words of advice that mom of two, Megan Kelly lives by each day. Her love of life, infectious smile, and excitement of learning (especially about all things techy!) are just a few of the reasons why s... Read full article

Accidentally at Home

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It is easy for me to start to resent this season. But I am beginning to realize what a pity it would be to let this season of life sweep by in disappointment and miss the moments I am gifted with.... Read full article



A Different Kind of Strength

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Brady Larson was two and a half when his parents, Sherry Carpenter Larson and Eric Larson, received the devastating news that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The genetic disorder is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. B... Read full article

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

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Imagine waking up every day and your daughter and husband are strangers to you. This is the reality for 5.5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Not only is this terrifying for the diagnosed, but it is also something friends and fami... Read full article

A Pox on Our House: Quarantine Dreaming

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I can’t be the only one who, when first hearing about the coronavirus COVID-19 thought a two week quarantine wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. As an overextended mom and introvert, putting pause on my life to stay home for a while is the stuf... Read full article

Dechia Badeaux-Gerald

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Dechia Badeaux-Gerald is a name many know throughout our community. With a goal of bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement and first responders after the death of her husband in the line of duty, Dechia shares her family’s story in... Read full article

Reaching Out to Refugees

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We are living in a time of refugee crisis. Refugees are people fleeing conflict or persecution. They are defined and protected in international law, and must not be expelled or returned to situations where their lives and freedom are at risk.... Read full article

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