First Coast News celebrates local volunteers during the 12 Who Care 2009 reception on October 8, 2009. Click here to view the photo gallery.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Mac McCampbell is on his Friday mail run. He's been walking the halls of St. Vincent's Medical Center for twenty-two years. Mac does more than deliver the mail. He does something for patients that can be hard to come by in a hospital.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The music that fills this small crowded room is one man's devotion to children. Stanley Lofton even beats the sun out of bed to get here every morning.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Right on schedule a bus arrives carrying senior citizens ready to help those in need. The driver is Joanne Hickox. She learned to drive this large twenty-six passenger bus so she could pick up and transport seniors to their daily mission trips.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL -- Peggy Gachet is having as much fun as the kids. They are all learning a lesson. Gachet has been involved in her community for years. She is caring, yet so humble about her work.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Larry Shuford says "You just cook from your heart, and that's the best way to live."
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- She's 84 and retired. But Betty Smith refuses to get caught in a rocking chair. Her endless volunteering is what made her one of 12 Who Care.
By Angela SpearsJACKSONVILLE, FL -- Mary Warner, a 12 Who Care Winner, works with many girls. She makes sure they have basic necessities to help them with their self esteem.
Bert Way has ministered to children for 27 years through the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
Jacksonville, fl -- Head... Heart... Hands.. and Health... they are the four H's. 4-H is a club for girls and boys, with more than 100-years of tradition.. a chance for personal growth, and empowerment. Leslie Allen has been a part of it for nearly a third of its history.
ORANGE PARK, FL -- Vietnam War veteran Bob Mayrand helps the mentally ill get back on their feet in Orange Park.
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL -- Sheriff's Deputy Joe Bowen has delivered 28,000 stuffed animals to those who need a smile. That's why he's one of our 12 Who Care.
A Jacksonville resident for over 50 years, Teresa Gilleo has served the American Legion through the American Legion Auxiliary for 35 years.
"Mr. Bill" mentors at-risk youth in the State Attorney's "Jailed Juvenile Mentor Program"--juvenile offenders incarcerated as adults for serious criminal offenses.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Valarie Hammonds makes time to volunteer, despite all the challenges facing her life. "I wish there was more I could do," she tells me. Her calling: helping the homeless.
Donya Tucker calls her motives selfish. Her colleagues at the Women's Center have a different description.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Each day thousands of people on the First Coast are helped by Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Volunteers give their time to help those suffering a life threatening illness and extend that support to friends and family.
By Jeannie BlaylockJACKSONVILLE, FL -- So, who's right? Gus Egerer says the folks at Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida (now New Heights of Northeast Florida) are his heroes. They call Gus their hero.
It's not often that "warm and cuddly" are words used with law enforcement, but Deputy Joe Bowen has been making sick kids and adults feel that way for years.
Bob Mayrand was living the American dream when he lost his wife and job due to Bipolar/Manic Depression.
"If a person is in need and calls me, I will be there," is a commitment that Betty Smith has kept faithfully for over 18 years.
By Donna Hicken
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Coming back home to the First Coast to raise her daughter gave Susan Dubow an opportunity to help critically ill children.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Sometimes you get help in the most unlikely places. For Walter Hill, his search for support turned into him lending a helping hand to transplant patients at St. Luke's Hospital.
Students will no longer be allowed to take field trips to religious venues after the stepfather of a Hendersonville High School student accused the school system of promoting Islam, starting another debate about the role of religion in Sumner County schools.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Charles Southern, 17, and Connor Pridgen, 16, will spend their lives in jail for shooting Makia Coney to death in a park in February.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Shipping containers are extremely durable designed
to withstand high winds, salt water and hold 60,000 lbs. so why not
stack them and turn them into a house?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A lawsuit has been filed against University Christian School in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old student Makia Coney.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A Clay County girl was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disorder which left her without almost half the bones in her face. Now, there's a new bright spot in this girl's life.
A local woman believes she was unfairly busted for prostitution after
looking for love on Craigslist. Turns out the man who befriended her
online was an undercover cop.
JACKSONVILLE - These days everyone is looking for a great deal. Look no further than the Florida Community College of Jacksonville's North Campus for everyday services at unbelieable prices. The school has training programs for students who need to practice their craft. The public pays just pennies on the dollar for haircuts, perms, facials, manicures, dental work, massages and gourmet dining.
A Florida District Court of Appeals rules public universities cannot prohibit guns stored in cars. The ruling came after a student challenged the University of North Florida which was regulating guns against Florida law.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The sister of Juliana Wetmore, the little girl known worldwide as the "Girl Born Without a Face," is new to the First Coast and has started school here.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They take in animals who have run out of chances.
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