The Daily Points of Light

July 22, 2016

In May of 2015, after weeks of heavy rainfall, the Texas Hill Country — known to meteorologists as “Flash Flood Alley” — suffered a horrific flood that displaced hundreds in a matter of hours. The next morning in Wimberley, a small town of fewer...

July 21, 2016

Laura Cowling has climbed a lot of symbolic mountains in her 21 years. Then again, being diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 11 certainly set the stage for uphill battles. 

In July, to celebrate being cancer free for 10 years, she...

July 20, 2016

It was a three-year-old boy named Alan Kurdi that changed it all. In an attempt to flee  Syria amid civil unrest, Alan and his family sought a better, much safer life. Unfortunately that life never came.

While the Kurdi family traveled in...

July 19, 2016

For 35 years Marie-Claude Thompson has been volunteering to help low-income inner-city Boston children and teens escape poverty. In 1980 she co-founded Earthen Vessels (EV). EV empowers Boston’s youth with the skills and confidence needed to...

July 18, 2016

When it comes to art, Judy Nyquist believes everyone should have the unfettered opportunity to enjoy it and learn from it.

And, for the past 15 years, she’s volunteered extensively in the arts community in Houston to make sure that vision...

July 15, 2016

When a massive flood displaced 8-year-old Olivia Russo-Hood and her family from their home outside Atlanta in 2009, she experienced first-hand nature’s devastation. But, immediately following that, she learned of an even more powerful force:...

July 14, 2016

We cannot understand someone we don’t know.

That simple truth galvanized Amin Tomeh into action.  As an American Muslim, born in Damascus, Syria and living in the U.S. since 1986, Tomeh saw a critical need for bridges between Muslims and...

July 13, 2016

From tragedy to triumph. Spurred by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which completely destroyed his hometown of Sea Bright, New Jersey, Wayne Turner used his loss to fuel his recovery.

Serving in the domain of public education...

July 12, 2016

Working with animals was so important to James Roach that he retired early from his job to become a volunteer with Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) in Houston. He learned early from his mother about the importance of giving back to others,...

July 11, 2016

Suzanne Chimera became a cosmetologist upon graduating from high school in 1990. She began working at Manny Roberts Hair Replacement in 1994. Since 2006, Chimera has traveled to countless cosmetology classrooms to lecture on the devastating...

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