The Daily Points of Light

January 17, 2019

Sahar Rizvi describes her 16 hour shifts as “another level” of volunteering - a kind of service filled with emotion, concern, thankfulness and relief.

As a metaphorical lifeline for abuse victims, Sahar is a Victims Assistance Services...

January 16, 2019

Her first love, according to 15-year-old Jamie Cohen, was a big elephant named Ellie, a stuffed animal she received as a child. The Davie, Florida teen has always loved stuffed animals and the joy and comfort they provide as toys, but as a 5th...

January 15, 2019

As a toddler, Beckham Oldenettel would watch from the hallway as donations poured into the Oldenettel household in Jacksonville, Illinois. Beckham’s older brother collects socks for people in need, and boxes and boxes of socks carried by people...

January 14, 2019

When Sharri Cagle’s son came home on a Thursday night wanting to do something to help a fellow student who needed a heart transplant, Sharri did not hesitate to jump at the chance to help. Sharri’s family, friends and community came together,...

January 11, 2019

Each year in the United States, approximately 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect, according to the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium. Many require heart surgery to survive, and face a life-long risk of health problems...

January 10, 2019

Ryan Stringham loves animals of all kinds, and because of his “scrappy” efforts, he’s helping to feed and care for the neediest of animals. 

At the Circle L Ranch Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, the 44-year-old Prescott, Arizona resident...

January 9, 2019

As animal lovers go, Trinity Favazza isn’t your typical 11-year-old girl. Sure, she loves kittens and puppies – who doesn’t? But if you really want to see her eyes light up, start talking frogs, salamanders and toads.  Trinity is passionate...

January 8, 2019

It was the online discussion boards, a bright spot in a dark and confusing time, that became lifelines, Carl Scheitrum says. As his wife of 30 years battled a rare and aggressive cancer, one whose name: ‘cholangiocarcinoma’, Carl says he’d never...

January 7, 2019

Hurricane Sandy was a once-in-a-lifetime storm, with surges and flooding devastating New Jersey and New York in October 2012, destroying communities and fracturing lives.

Nikki Skeete was one of those New Yorkers who watched helplessly as...

January 4, 2019

For many children, home means safety and comfort, surrounded by familiar, loving faces. For children in foster care, it can be a different story. Children in foster care often have more than three different placements during their time in...

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