Friday, September 12, 2008

Street Heat

Street Heat, a band based in Louisville, Ky., has been performing shows for 15 years at schools and other venues across Kentucky. But they’re not your typical rock band. The members are full-time police officers, sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers and firefighters who volunteer their time, and they use music to reach kids with messages about resisting drugs, avoiding violence, dealing with peer pressure and believing in themselves. And they perform in their uniforms! Street Heat works to stay current on music popular with kids. Their song list includes tunes on the pop charts, some rap, a bit of country and even a few classic oldies.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sunset Beach Salute

In December 1941, Marvin Hume learned that 2 of his childhood friends had been killed during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Filled with pain, Marvin entered the military. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years and, during his missions, saw unforgettable images of death and destruction.

Marvin, who’s in his 80s now, doesn't talk much about those World War II images, but they’re at the heart of a memorial ceremony he’s conducted for over 30 years just outside a small beachside resort in New Jersey. It's a daily flag ceremony (from May--October) on Sunset Beach to honor the sacrifices of our nation's veterans.

Fifteen minutes before sunset, he stands at the base of a flagpole on Sunset Beach, alongside a family that wishes to honor a deceased loved one who served in the military. Marvin plays God Bless America and The Star-Spangled Banner over a loudspeaker system, and then helps members of the family lower the American flag while Taps is played.

Here's the link for more information:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Laptops for the Wounded

Laura Brown, a mother whose son who fought in Iraq, is trying to improve conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center…one laptop computer at a time.

A few years ago, Laura was chatting online with the mother of a wounded soldier, and the mother mentioned that she had to print out her son's e-mails and take them to him at the hospital because there weren't enough laptops to go around.

Laura, whose own son had recently returned safely from the war, thought the solution to the problem seemed easy, so she formed a group, Laptops for the Wounded, to raise money for the cause.

Since its fundraising effort began in November 2005, Laura's organization has donated almost 40 computers to military hospitals around the country…with the majority of them going to Walter Reed in Washington D.C.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, June 9, 2008

From the Heart Stories

1. Compton United Soccer Club

Mike Herman has been with Campus Crusade for Christ for 15 years, and he recently founded the Compton United Soccer Club. But this is more than an afterschool athletic program--players work on character and spiritual development, leadership, and community service. For more info, check out

2. Hidden Harvest
Christy Porter has brought back the ancient practice of gleaning. Through her Hiddden Harvest organization, workers collect what's left behind after the harvest. They're able to take the surplus home to feed their families, and produce is also donated to area food banks and soup kitchens.

Monday, May 26, 2008

From the Heart Stories

1. Talking Parrot

When a little African Grey parrot flew out of his cage in Tokyo recently, the police found him on a rooftop and sent him to a veterinary hospital while they searched for clues as to his owner. The parrot had kept quiet with the cops, but he told the vet his full name--"Mr. Yosuke Nakamura"--and address! Mr. Nakamura is now home with his family. :-)

2. The Mowing Mailman

Eric Wills is a mailman who spends his day off mowing the lawns of elderly, poor, and physically incapacitated people on his mail route. He calls his ministry "Lawns for the Lord!" For more on Eric, click here:

3. Drew's Big Birthday Give

Drew friend decided to give away all of the presents he received at his 5th birthday party to needy families with children, and inspired a whole community to open their hearts and give. That's Drew below taking a whack at a pinata at his party! Here's the link for the whole story:

4. Running Club for the Homeless

Anne Mahlum started a running club for the homeless, after jogging past a shelter day after day and passing a bunch of homeless men just standing around outside. Back on My Feet is now a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of Philadelphia's homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Here's the link for more info:

Monday, April 21, 2008

From the Heart Stories

1. The Young at Heart Chorus

Meet a choir where the average age is 80!!! They sing contemporary songs and, in addition to a cd and tour, have just made a movie. :-)

2. A Book Club for the Homeless

A nurse at a men's shelter started a book club, and now the members are reading and discussing 2 books a month. Yay! Here's the link for more info:

3. Julio Diaz was held up at knifepoint, but he ended up taking his mugger to dinner! Read the whole story here:

4. Do One Nice Thing

This website was started by a gal who decided to take on small problems that could be solved. It originally began by encouraging people to do One Nice Thing every Monday as a way to make that first day of the week better. Now there are tons of great causes for you to read about and get involved in!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

From the Heart Stories

1. Luxury Tax

Pastor Jeff Wenke and the Journey Church in San Jose, CA developed a fun way to support World Vision in AIDS-devastaed Limpopo, Zimbabwe! Inspired by the Monopoly board game, they printed up Luxury Tax cards and taxed themselves for "luxuries" like running water, cell phones, and even nights out on the town- things that people in Limpopo can only dream about. They raised over $25,000 in one month and sponsored 100 World Vision children!

Find out more or contact Pastor Jeff at the Journey website,

2. Warm Hands

911 operator Toni Dukes found a way to warm the hands- and hearts- of San Francisco's homeless. She began purchasing and handing out gloves to homeless people, and soon friends and family supported her cause by helping her buy more gloves! For more details on Toni's project, check out

3. Home Cares

Mack Staley collects used medical equipment- wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and more that people no longer need. Then, through his Home Cares organization, he turns around and gives it away to someone in need! Read the details and find out how you can help at .


This website has information on dogs in shelters, along with how much time each dog has before they are euthanized. Please click on the site and help them!

This is Wilson, the precious boy we mentioned on the air. As of 3/27, he has 6 days left. Here's the link to his page on the site:

5. Welcome Home a Hero

Bert Brady gets up early almost every day to welcome home American troops as they arrive at the airport. Here's the link to see this inspiring video:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008


1. Gracie Mae Makes It Home Again
10-month-old Gracie Mae got zipped into her owner's suitcase, flew from Florida to Texas, and then was discovered after a stranger accidentally grabbed the wrong luggage at baggage claim!!! She's now safely home with her family. Yay!

2. Soothing Homeless Soles
Voluneers at a church in Virginia serve a meal to the homeless every week, and also wash their feet! Here's the link to watch this inspiring video:

3. Pennies From Heaven
After 16-year-old Katie Rowland died in a car accident, her family began collecting pennies in her honor. To date, they've raised over $20,ooo to help drill water wells in Africa and save lives.

4. The Birthday Lady
Every day, Diane Heinen writes the names of residents who are having birthdays on the windows of the local service station in Valley Falls, Kansas. You'll never forget a birthday in this town!

5. Tails Of Hope
Kelly Moyer founded Tails of Hope to help find loving homes for animals whose previous owners died or entered care facilities. Here's the link for more info:

Here's Puddin' Head, one of the kitties that found a new home through Tails of Hope!

And here's beautiful Leo!

If you have questions or story ideas, please email us at Also, if you're interested in getting involved and giving your time, money, etc. to a wonderful cause, a great place to start is by scrolling through our past blogs and perusing all the different stories we've done. We're honored to spotlight these amazing people!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More on Canine Partners for Life!

We talked about Adele (scroll down to read about her—she’s a dog with a special power!) on our latest segment of From The Heart. Frank was so impressed that he’s invited the Executive Director of Canine Partners for Life (where Adele came from) on his show Friday at 5:30 p.m. PST! You can check out the Frank Pastore Show and listen live at 99.5 KKLA or

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Turn up your volume and meet Nicolai, a teenager who climbed a mountain to raise money for people who need wheelchairs. You can also find more info on him here:

Big Hearts Change Lives

1. Marty and Adele

Adele is a one-of-a-kind service dog! She helps her owner, Marty Harris, by alerting her before she suffers symptoms of a chronic fainting disorder. Adele cues Marty with a gentle nudge or even sitting on her lap, allowing Marty to literally sit out symptoms caused by an irregular heartbeat. Since Adele joined her life in 2006, Marty has only fainted once- and only because she ignored Adele's wise warning! Adele is trained to help with small tasks, and here she is picking up the phone.

2. Kennedy's Kisses for Kaeden

Kennedy was six years old when her brother, Kaeden, was born with heart defects that required multiple surgeries. When it was time to celebrate his first birthday, Kennedy suggested that they collect donations for the Penn State Children's Hospital instead of gifts. The response was overwhelming, and Kennedy kept going! She recruited friends and began Kisses for Kaeden, an organization that has now raised raised over $40,000 so far for a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Find out more about Kennedy and her cause at

3. Laptops for the Wounded

Military mom Laura Brown discovered a challenge- many recovering soldiers are unable to communicate freely with their families due to technological limitations. Laura began "Laptops for the Wounded" to provide laptop computers to these soldiers while they are in the hospital. So far, they've provided forty computers to military hospitals around the country. Wounded soldiers can now communicate by email and even use webcams to see family members.

You can donate money, laptops, playstations and games…there are also links to a virtual shopping mall, where a portion of the proceeds will go to help buy laptops.

4. The Rose Man

85-year-old Willard Campbell loves to grow roses, but what he loves most is giving them away. Every week he blesses hospital and nursing home patients with the flowers- about 25,000 roses a year.

Thanks for listening! Now.... go change the world!