“I asked myself, are you going to fall apart and surrender to the chaos, or are you going to take a stand?” she recalls.
A mail carrier by day, Morris has a passion that consumes the rest of his life: the arts.
Master welder Joe Williams spent decades in construction. Eventually he decided he it was time to do something more.
Terri Matthews learned the true meaning of grit when her son Jaden was diagnosed with autism at age 2½.
Jonathan Davis and Melany Nelson run organizations specifically designed to help victims in Philadelphia.
“It was my daughter’s idea to come up with a food drive,” recalls Nicole Wiley.
When Valerie Crabbe and Larry Harris got married, they already had six kids between them and decided to adopt two more. They now run a foundation to help foster kids.
Justin Barnabei passed away last April, after his second bout with acute lymphoblastic leukemia became too much to bear.
Rhonda Willingham founded MenzFit, a nonprofit group that helps men dress for success and get jobs.
“I thought, we have to do something — what can we do?” recalls Temperance Jaxson, right, after seeing a homeless woman sleeping outside her window.
“My faith calls me to really serve my community, to love our neighbors.” And service has been his guiding light.
“I realized my sister’s story isn’t unique,” recalls Ann Rejrat. “There’s a lot of people out there who need help.”
“I lost thirteen friends to violence, and I felt like I had an obligation to do what needed to be done in the streets,” Mills says.
This successful Philadelphia tax attorney wanted to create an innovative way to help those in need. So she and her tech-savvy husband Shawn came up with a smartphone app to do that.
In the span of four years, the group that calls itself “Carz N’ Toyz” has donated about $300,000 worth of toys and medical equipment.