Inspiring People


SWFL man recovers from drug addiction, creates business to help others move forward

On the side of every "Matson Movers" van are the words: "Don't forget where you came from." The company's creator Nicholas Matson comes from a...

SWFL animal sanctuary founder hailed ‘hero’ by GoFundMe

Step out into Christopher Vane's backyard and you'll quickly learn that the Punta Gorda man has a whole lot of pets. "We have over 150...

Marine veteran celebrates her 97th birthday

Ronelva Vernon is turning 97 years old on Monday. Of course, she's most excited about cutting into her birthday cake. But even more than...

Lee Health military support sends love to troops overseas

Step inside Lee Health's Military Support closet and let Kim Gaide show you how she's using this space to send love from Florida to...

Bar 17 owner buying, collecting school supplies for Charlotte County students

Russ Bellerose's Bar 17 is closed because of COVID-19, but the Punta Gorda veteran is in the business of giving back by collecting school...

Kids with special needs learn, play, even fly inside Estero family’s gym

"A gym for all kids" is written on the wall of one Estero family's business. Inside, one mother helps her daughter and all Southwest...

Olga pastor helps turn brokenness into beauty with free mosaic-making sessions

Most of us have experienced a range of emotions lately. Well, one woman's answer to dealing with the pandemic involves broken glass. "I have a...

SWFL mom creates school supply drive for families in need

One Charlotte County mom knows school supply costs can add up and aren't affordable for families in our area struggling to make ends meet. To...

Cape Coral teens send ‘Cards for Comfort’ around community

On one card, Nicole Bishop writes, "Are you the coronavirus? Because you take my breath away." "We do a lot of jokes," said the "Cards...

SWFL woman’s ‘Teddy Bear Project’ comforts children experiencing homelessness, abuse

A Port Charlotte woman is helping children with no home - and those being abused at home - by giving them a cuddly gift. It's...

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