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A Mother-Daughter Donation: How Sharing a Kidney Saved Our Family

(64) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 10:05 PM

"Hi, Mommy. It's me. I've got some good news! I just got a call from Ellen, the committee has cleared me as a [kidney] donor for you. I'm really excited about that! I love you, Mommy. Talk to you soon."

That was July, 2007.

My name is Erica, I'm an...

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Common's Mission To Help American Kids 'Get Schooled' (Exclusive)

(37) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 6:28 PM

"How many of us really want to achieve in life and do something great?" hip-hop artist Common shouted into a packed high school auditorium.

Lincoln High students cheered and raised their hands high in response.

He continued, "Everybody in here has the opportunity to do something great and it starts...

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Classroom Heroes: Rafe Esquith's Mission To Share Shakespeare With His Students

(13) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 8:14 PM

Sir Ian McKellen and the members of England's Royal Shakespeare Company sat in rapt attention inside an inner-city Los Angeles classroom.

They watched as a group of fifth graders showcased their acting abilities and musical talent in a collection of scenes from Shakespeare's works.

Members of the troupe gave a...

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Classroom Heroes: Harriett Ball Sings Students To Success (VIDEO)

(48) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 1:21 AM

Four years ago, Connie Walthall and her son Tony knocked on the door of Harriett Ball's Texas home.

The young man and his mother were eager to surprise the elementary school teacher.

"I came to thank you. Did you know that Tony came home every day and told me about...

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Charles Eggleston, Wounded Warrior, Helps Other Wounded Warriors Through USO Programs

(12) Comments | Posted July 3, 2010 | 7:29 AM

Mention the United Service Organizations -- almost universally known as the USO -- to most Americans, and the first thing you'll likely hear is "Bob Hope." The USO is eager to change that image. Not that organizing performances for the troops isn't an integral part of their mission, but the...

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Michael Deihl, Acclaimed Chef, Makes A Difference For The Troops Through Food

(20) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 2:06 AM

Mention the United Service Organizations -- almost universally known as the USO -- to most Americans, and the first thing you'll likely hear is "Bob Hope." The USO is eager to change that image. Not that organizing performances for the troops isn't an integral part of their mission, but the...

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It Just Takes One: Debi Kroman Dedicates Two Decades To Supporting Parentless Children

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 7:00 AM

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In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have made a difference in their lives. We'll be featuring a new story every day through Mother's Day.

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It Just Takes One: Foster Mother Mollie Jelks Raises 36 Foster Children

(72) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 6:00 AM

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In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have made a difference in their lives. We'll be featuring a new story every day through Mother's Day.

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Haitian Small Businesses Hurting: Is Aid To Blame?

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 5:35 PM

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti in January, international aid has been pouring into the island. Aid efforts organized by the United Nations, the U.S. and other countries have brought food, water and other supplies to earthquake survivors in need. While the nature of the disaster...

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Chilean Girl Saves Her Island From Tsunami After Earthquake

(28) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 12:08 PM

When the 8.8 earthquake hit Chile over the weekend, 12-year-old Martina Maturana knew exactly what to do. Living in low-lying areas on Chile's Robinson Crusoe island, Martina's community was especially in danger of tsunami following the earthquake. Martina quickly ran to ring the warning bell, alerting her neighbors...

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Mother Of Three Works As Baker On Nights, Weekends To Provide For Children

(112) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Mother Lynette Slaton works night shifts and weekends as a baker in order to provide for her family and care for her young children during the day. Between motherhood and late night bread baking, Slaton finds herself busy around the clock. She says of balancing work and family,...

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