“When’s the last time you had a popsicle?” Joy Culpepper said as she handed out popsicles at a grand opening for the Virtues Trail in Faribault,

Faribault celebrates the virtuous life with community effort to bring out its best

A group of residents felt that now was the time to encourage people to bring out the best in themselves. Thus was born Faribault's Virtues Project.
These crafted vessels house beads recounting the treatment milestones of children facing serious illness.
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Minnesota woodturners' boxes give sick kids a place for beads of courage

September 21
Through the Beads of Courage program, a child receives a colored bead for each treatment milestone — an overnight stay in the hospital, a blood draw, a round of chemotherapy.
Robin Henrichsen is donations manager for ReStore, a home improvement outlet with two Twin Cities locations.
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Problem Solvers: The ReStore's Robin Henrichsen champions thoughtful giving

September 21
Here's some guidance on how and why to donate thoughtfully to our neighbors.
David Williams, 22, left, chats with Ashley Bosco, a youth worker, as Rayfield Drake, 24, looks on in the kitchen area at The Crib, a place for homele
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Safekeeping for cellphones offers relief to people facing homelessness

September 21
Last summer, a Chicago shelter installed small lockers where people can charge their cellphones overnight — and lock them up.
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Nurse Bonnie Morcomb felt overwhelmed after her breast cancer diagnosis. Firefly Sisterhood paired her with a caring, and knowing, survivor.
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Firefly Sisterhood offers support to women facing breast cancer

September 14
The St. Louis Park nonprofit started in 2014 and has since matched 740 breast cancers patients with mentors who have survived breast cancer.
Raniga Sheikh and Jacobi Simmons, leaders of the teen-operated Green Garden Bakery. Photo: Neal St.Anthony
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North side teens dream big with sweet Green Garden expansion

September 18
Green Garden grows vegetables in its community garden, bakes them into healthy vegetable-based desserts for every diet, and markets them using sustainable practices.
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Community rallies to save a unique treehouse

September 21
In a California community, people are supporting Brian Esola's treehouse, lamenting its possible removal and offering to help.
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Problem Solvers: Learning Buddies give kids a boost in school

September 17
Program manager Erin Walloch, a former teacher with a master's degree in multicultural education, schools us in the program, which matches seniors with struggling students.
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