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Sweetwater, TN

Deirdre moved to Sweetwater with her husband, worried that they might not be welcome — but the town embraced them


Friendsville, TN

How could a place called Friendsville not be a place full of nice people? (Credit: Mitsy Stooksbury) I thought I


St Petersburg, FL

Stunning sunsets make St. Petersburg feel like paradise for many locals. (Credit: Suzi Fischer) In St. Petersburg, the sun shines


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Zachary Bonner: Walking Miles for Kids In Need

Our hero: Zachary Bonner, 13 Where he lives: Valrico, Florida Who he helps: Little Red Wagon Foundation While many young


Punxsutawney, PA

A statue in honor of the town’s legendary groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. All of the funds made from the annual Groundhog


Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company in Flint, MI

More than half of the employees dressed in blue on Wear Blue Day to show their support for Child Abuse


Franklin School for the Performing Arts in Franklin, MA

Friends cozy up together at dinner for a photo op. (Credit: Amanda Wylie) Friends helping friends. (Credit: Amanda Wylie) When


Petal, MS

I moved here years ago because of the location, but the people are also nice, friendly and willing to help

Kaysville, UT

Hazel, Tatum, and Adelaid cool off at the local splash pad in Niceville. (Credit: Terry Sheffield) People who live in


Niceville, FL

Residents like to sit on a bench and listen to the soothing sounds of the water flowing by. You HAVE


Annandale, MN

A grandfather and his grandkids enjoy a boat ride on the lake. (Credit: Jean A Peterson) We have many lakes,


Casa De Communidades in Albuquerque, NM

The food pantry typically fills up 30 to 40 boxes of donated food. (Credit: Allison Groom) I think Casa De


Gallatin, TN

Named a Finalist Because: With racial unrest and anti-police sentiment making for a toxic combination in communities across the country,


Downieville, CA

July 4th is a very big day in Downieville, with the whole town chipping in to make sure it goes


Biscuits and More in Marietta, GA

The “More” in Biscuits and More might as well stand for “friendship.” The owner, Chuck Morris, knows many of hist


Williamsburg Christian Church in Williamsburg, VA

Congregants of Williamsburg Christian Church give special attention and care to the problem of homelessness. (Credit: Bre Soukup) Williamsburg Christian

Wauwatosa, WI

Family and friends visit their loved one at the senior living home, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place. (Credit: Eloise Schwarz)


Pensacola, FL

A resident’s garden helps beautify Pensacola. (Credit: Chet Stanhope) Pensacola truly is “where America began” since it was the first


Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue, NY

Hipolito Torres Garcia, a former Brookhaven Memorial patient, relaxes on his front porch after a long hospital stay. (Credit: Migdalia


Village of Peoria Heights, IL

Villagers flaunt their patriotism at the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. (Credit: Thomas Horstmann) The people who reside here say, “Once


Troy, AL

The people of Troy are friendly and caring. (Credit: Lynn Baumgartner) The friendly and caring people of Troy will literally

Ludington, MI

Dozens of people gather on a main street to form a massive heart in downtown Ludington as a show of


Lake Havasu City, AZ

The community hosts many parades and festivals on the London Bridge each year to honor and pay their respects to


Summit View Place Apartments, Niagara Falls, NY

Apartment residents celebrate their neighbor and friend’s birthday. (Credit: Joyce Massey) I moved in three months ago and everyone welcomed


Sugar Land, TX

Locals hold a special place in their hearts for the closed down Imperial Sugar refinery, an integral part of their


Soulful Chicago Book Fair in Chicago, IL

Asadah Kirkland, founder of the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, happily basking in the positive energy the fair brings to the


Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury, OH

A Sunbury resident places roses on the memorial crosses for Valentine’s Day to express his love and gratitude for all