Florida sheriff’s deputies rescue dog from storm drain
CLAIR-MEL, Fla. — Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies are being credited with saving a small dog’s life. >> Read more trending newsA small chihuahua fell down a storm drain in Clair-Mel. Deputies rescue dog. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies rescued a dog from a storm drain. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Crime and adorable punishment: Unicorn-thieving pup steals hearts, gets new home
Animal Control responded after the fifth incident where the brown-and-white pup stole the unicorn from the Duplin County store, according to CNN. The responding Animal Control officer decided to purchase the toy for the 1-year-old shoplifter before taking him to Duplin County Animal Services on March 21. Sisu and his purple Unicorn at Duplin County Animal Services in North Carolina. Before leaving the shelter in Kenansville, North Carolina Sisu got a photo-shoot with his unicorn pal. Box 950 Kenansville, North Carolina 28349.
Florida high school student helped rescue hundreds of rabbits, guinea pigs
Dylan Wafer, 17, a student in Broward, recently helped to rescue dozens of animals from a crowded barn. POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida high school student helped rescue 260 rabbits and guinea pigs when she heard about their plight. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Dylan Warfel, a Pompano Beach senior, began a massive coordination effort to rescue dozens of the animals and find them new homes. In a matter of days, she’d found homes for the majority of the 260 rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s impressive.”Warfel herself took 21 rabbits and guinea pigs from Alva and wants to find them homes.
Orange County deputies find missing 12-year-old
The Orlando Police Department said they are searching for a missing 12-year-old kid. ORLANDO, Fla. – ***10:45 A.M. UPDATE***Orlando Police said that a missing 12-year-old was found safe Friday. OPD said Ingram was found by deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 19, 2021***ORIGINAL STORY***The Orlando Police Department said they are searching for a missing 12-year-old kid. Police said Javon Ingraham was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue shorts and black sneakers.
Ormond Beach commissioner gives vaccine appointment to 93-year-old stranger
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – News 6 often gets phone calls and messages into the newsroom about people struggling to get the vaccine. Ormond Beach Commissioner Dwight Selby secured an appointment to get the vaccine and decided to pass it along to someone else. “It just felt right in my heart that this was the person to pass on my appointment to,” said Selby. While Volusia County’s health department allows a transfer of appointment through its registration platform, some county’s like Flagler do not. If you want to explore this option you need to ask your local health department, or agency offering the vaccine if they’ll allow a transfer.
Orlando pediatric nurses reunite with man they saved at Brevard County beach
Both women added it was difficult to go back to the beach after that terrifying experience. While Hopkins was floating face down in the water, he said another woman by the name of Gabriella, encountered his body. We didn’t know what we were going to find when we turned him over. When asked if the two nurses gave him a second chance at life, Hopkins didn’t hesitate to say he’s alive because of them. It really was the selflessness, the determination, the resolve of these two fine nurses that were responsible for saving my life.”
Orlando police help shop for Boys & Girls Club members
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Police Officers rolled into Academy Sports + Outdoors Friday on a mission to shop, not for themselves, but for 10 kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. These children would not have anything to open on Christmas if it wasn’t for the community and this event,” said Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida V.P. While the officers were inside, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was outside dressed as Santa for the morning, raising money for the Boys & Girls Club on the radio. Orlando police officers and Shades, with the Orlando Solar Bears, went on a shopping trip for 10 children this Christmas. Academy Sports also donated some equipment to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida and presented them with $1,000, a gifts they hope will help support local kids through after school programming and mentorship.
Pandemic makes Angel Tree distribution day even more meaningful this year
ORLANDO, Fla. – The spirit of Christmas came alive during the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree distribution day at the Joy Center in Orlando on Wednesday. This year the annual event meant more to some because of economic hardships tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of families and seniors will receive gifts thanks to the kindness of the Central Florida community. When I first came to Florida, I had nothing, and so Salvation Army helped me. “Our biggest challenge is re-training everyone even me,” Captain Jessie Chapman, commander for the Orlando Salvation Army said.
Community comes together to help widower, father of 2 through Sanford Relief Fund
Fortunately, thanks to the help from his Sanford community, the holiday season will be a little less stressful than Aaron Butler initially thought. Natasha Trythall, who works in human resources for Advanced Composite Structures, explained the need for the community to pitch in to keep the fund going. Now that Butler and his girls are adjusting to a new life, he’s thankful for having his Sanford community. I don’t know what I would do without them.”In addition to the $5,000 check in the envelope, the Sanford Relief Fund also gave Butler an additional $2,000 so he can make sure his girls have the merriest Christmas possible. You can also donate to the Sanford Relief Fund using this link.
Nonprofit helps Brevard veterans navigate government benefits
Thomas is here as a volunteer, but the people he’s looking out for will most likely be on bikes or walking. Thomas teamed up in 2006 to create the nonprofit Welcome Home vets, Inc. Thomas co-founded the nonprofit, Welcome Home Vets Inc. (WKMG-TV)Welcome Home Vets assists veterans living in Brevard County with medical, financial and spiritual aid, along with options for vocational skills training. Thomas took a position at the front of the line and helps guide the drivers with military precision. “Some of these veterans, they don’t even know they have benefits or they’ve given up on society and don’t want anything to do with government.
‘It’s human nature to help others,’ GoFundMe says 2020 is most charitable year
Needless to say, 2020 was a tough year for most but according to crowd fundraising website GoFundMe its donations data can restore a bit of faith in humanity. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd, started a memorial fund to provide for costs including holding a funeral for Floyd, burying him, and providing mental and grief counseling for Floyd’s family. Other top causes include Frontline Responders Fund, Justice for Breonna Taylor and Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. Nearly 70% of all donations in 2020 were less than $50, according to GoFundMe. Despite the economic crisis plaguing much of the U.S. and the globe, GoFundMe was able to bring in over 150 million donations.
No more tarps: Cocoa Army veteran gets new roof after Hurricane Irma damaged his
COCOA, Fla. – It’s out with the old and in with the new at the home of U.S. Army Veteran John Cowell Sr.Cowell, 61, said he’s finally at ease because for the last three years, he’s had multiple tarps covering his longtime home. “When it rains outside ... it’s raining inside the same way,” Cowell said. [TRENDING: ‘Christmas Star’ forming soon | This holiday drone light show is way COOL | Can I legally pass a police car in traffic?] Through the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Owens Corning and Collis Roofing, Cowell was one of the many veterans selected to receive a new roof. He said Hurricane Irma ruined most of his roof and he tried fixing it with his brother but said it was too much for them.
This 80-year-old sign maker’s work is stopping his Central Florida neighbors in their tracks
APOPKA, Fla. – As Central Florida was in the first stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Dave Sanders thought his neighbors could use a pick-me-up. They say, ‘I like your sign,’” Sanders said proudly. “In the beginning of quarantine in February, he put this really sweet sign out and it was on cardboard. “He’s a special man and he deserves to have some recognition.”News 6 wants to recognize the people in Central Florida who are Getting Results and making a difference in our community. Click here to submit a Getting Results Award nomination.
News 6 viewers donate $211,478 to fund Christmas presents for children, seniors
The annual program started last month with the goal of adopting 5,000 angels, including 4,000 children from infants to 14 year olds, in Orange and Osceola counties. The other 1,000 angels are seniors who might not have a Christmas if it were not for donations. By 8 p.m., News 6 viewers had donated $187,000, and after adding in online donations, the number increased to $211,478. Angel Tree supports families like this Orlando couple raising an 8-year-old and two foster children suffering financial hardships due to the pandemic. To see a full list of locations, click here and to adopt an Angel click here.
Daytona International Speedway transformed into food drive for the holidays
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Magic of Lights at the Daytona International Speedway transformed into a community wide food drop Wednesday morning for hundreds of people like Elena D’Andelet who need groceries. This was McKain’s first time to be in a food drop line. Jamie Hartsgrove who is the Outreach Director of Daytona Dream Center said the need for food has not slowed down. Wednesday’s food drop was the 14th one since March. Daytona Dream Center teamed up with Calvary Christian Center and Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute 32,000 pounds of food Wednesday morning.
Orlando Magic host Thanksgiving breakfast for Central Florida’s homeless community
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic players and staff members woke up early Thursday to host a Thanksgiving breakfast for members of Central Florida’s homeless community. Retired NBA player and Magic community ambassador Bo Outlaw and his family were also a part of the event Thursday morning. Orlando Magic host annual Thanksgiving event at the Coalition for the Homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. (WKMG)John Beard, who said he’s had a very trying year, said he was grateful to have received a meal on Thanksgiving Day and thanked the Magic for their generosity. Thanksgiving breakfast was prepared for more than 400 homeless men, women and children at the Coalition, according to a news release.
Florida couple discovers, returns WWII veteran’s keepsakes to family
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One Florida couple found some important items belonging to a World War II veteran and vowed to get them to their family member if possible, News 6 partner News4Jax reports. “I found the flag; she found the family,” Lloyd Hyatt said of his wife, Melissa. Lloyd Hyatt, a veteran himself, knew the flag was oddly placed and didn’t belong in that shop. Melissa Hyatt reached out to several of Smith’s family members via Facebook to try and connect with them to get the items to their rightful owners. And we were so glad that didn’t happen,” Lloyd Hyatt said.
Orange County man with Down syndrome completes Ironman race
MAITLAND, Fla. – Chris Nikic, 21, is inspiring others to try 1% more each day. “It represents me better than I was yesterday,” Chris Nikic said about what that 1% he had printed on his orange T-shirt means to him. Chris Nikic, 21, is the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon in under 17 hours. Once Chris Nikic was back on his bike, he was descending a hill at more than 20 mph. As for those who didn’t believe Chris Nikic could conquer a goal, his dad said they need to be more positive.
Nonprofit gets new hoops for victims of domestic abuse with help from Shaq, Orlando Magic
Harbor House of Central Florida, a nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims, is getting the support from some big names. It was a big day for Harbor House of Central Florida whose mission is to provide shelter and support to women who are victims of domestic abuse. My father always taught me you have to protect and provide for your women,” O’Neal said. The women and staff at Harbor House will also receive special training from Close the Gap foundation. Start bringing people closer together and start taking care of the people that need our help the most,” he said.
DeLand tornado victims can receive free trees through city giveaway
She lost several trees including one that crashed through her house on East Washington Avenue, leaving behind a huge hole. With help from the City of DeLand which is known as Tree City USA, Courville will be able to pick up free trees at the Leigh Matusick Airport Management Center starting next Monday. “Our residents went through a pretty stressful event with the tornado in August and we’ve been trying to think of ways that we can help them out,” said DeLand city spokesman Chris Graham. Graham said they purchased the 500 trees for their annual tree giveaway but cancelled the event due to the pandemic. He said while the city can’t help the residents financially, he hopes the trees will ease the burden.
Drive-by birthday celebrations shows unity between law enforcement and community
It turns out there was a parade right in front of her house and it was for her. A drive-by birthday celebration from family, friends and the Winter Springs Police Department. “We recognize that she’s turning 13 at a very turbulent time,” Treva Marshall, Nyah’s mother said. It kind of humanizes the uniform a bit.”The Marshall family said they’re grateful for the relationship their community has with their police department. “It’s police departments like the Winter Springs police department that will help forge the change we need in this country today,” Treva Marshall said.
Retired postal worker still delivering with charity golf tournament
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the sun rises over Pelican Bay Country Club in Daytona, retired postal worker, Greg Korkus, is looking forward to a fun morning on the golf course. Korkus is manning the check-in table at the 32nd “Soaring Eagles” Charity Golf Event. The letter carrier welcomes players to the “Famous Polish Hole” where a variety of traditional Polish dishes are offered as part of the registration fee. “Because we were the first ones to start cooking.”A steady flow of socially distanced golf cart traffic stops by the set-up. “The polish hole is pretty important,” Hand says with a smile.
Helping others avoid hunger is common denominator for team at Second Harvest
In Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, provides food to more than 550 food banks across Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. In 1992, he decided to join a local food bank. Today, 28 years after starting his journey to help others, he’s the Director of Operations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. No matter what it is.”Since the start of the pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed about 41 million meals in almost 7 months. “I see a lot of folks out there where they’re in need and by me being in here I could do something to help,” Robledo, a father of two, said.
‘Great things come in pairs;’ Twin brothers use sock business to help community during pandemic
OVIEDO, Fla. – A pair of twin brothers are making a difference in their Central Florida community one sock at a time. What started as a dream has now become a reality for Marcus and Mario Taylor. They own The Sock Gallery, which is a unique business selling personalized socks and masks. Shaquille O’Neal and the Taylor brothers. “For a small kid, his energy was so strong,” Mario Taylor said.
’Heart to heart:’ Orlando doctor provides free care, meals through pandemic
“De Corazon a Corazon is heart to heart. But then COVID-19 came in and “De Corazon a Corazon” had a new community to reach, right here at home. She said some of these families work in hospitality and have either lost their jobs or homes in the last several months. It’s why Dr. Gonzalez was one of only four people the City of Orlando has designated as an unsung hero during Hispanic Heritage Month. González has provided free meals and healthcare services to marginalized communities in Central Florida during the pandemic by participating in free health fairs.
My Brother’s Keeper awarded $1 million to expand in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando city commissioners voted this week to approve $1 million to help fund the My Brother’s Keeper program, expanding it to four new neighborhoods throughout the city. The program is a national initiative started by President Barack Obama aimed at helping minority youth reach their full potential. He said he turned his life around thanks to the My Brother’s Keeper Program. Raysean Brown also mentors kids in Parramore and is a former coordinator for the My Brother’s Keeper program. You can read more about the My Brother’s Keeper Program and ways to get involved here.
A special delivery for neighbors in this small community
It’s a tiny community that’s easy to miss. Every Thursday Lisa Green and a handful of neighbors gather at the Midway Safe Harbor Community Center to distribute food to nearby residents. Green and her cousin Emory Green started the Midway Coalition to address the needs of the small community. “I love my community,” Lisa Green said. “To know that someone in the community cares enough to bring the food to you, that’s amazing that’s awesome,” Berry said.
A true hero: Flagler dispatcher saves 2 lives through CPR one hour apart
On Sunday around 3:30 p.m., Davis took a 911 call from a mother in Palm Coast who was frantic because her 6-month-old baby was not breathing. Davis walked the mother through CPR and counted with her as she gave the infant compressions. According to the call logs, the baby was breathing again about four minutes after the mother called 911. No one there knew CPR so over speakerphone Davis explained how to perform CPR to the family, according to FCSO. Davis now has four leaves on the FCSO Communication Centers Tree of Life which honors lives saved by dispatchers.
Volusia funeral home staff helps families navigate difficulties of death during COVID-19
DeLAND, Fla. Employees at one Volusia County business are helping people through one of the hardest parts of their lives while making a difference in the community. Staff members at Unity Funeral Home in DeLand are helping people navigate the new way of saying goodbye to their loved ones in the age of COVID-19. Its a tough time for everybody right now, licensed funeral director Angela Dallas-Johnson said. She buried her father, grandfather and so many others, she said, thanks to the family-operated business, and she appreciates how theyre helping so many other families during these tough times. This time we're highlighting a funeral home's journey navigating loss during a pandemic, and its message of generosity that's keeping the community alive.
Orlando churches, school plan food distribution Thursday
Meridian Christian Academy, Carter Tabernacle CME Church and Mt. Olive Church will be distributing 1,000 bags of food Thursday, July 2. Tameka Thomas, Founder of Meridian Christian Academy says volunteers from all three organizations will be on hand to distribute fruit, vegetables and an assortment of other food in a drive through setting. "We're in the middle of a food desert," Thomas said. "Kids are out of school and for many of them the meal they would get there is the best they'll get."
9-year-old boy celebrates his birthday with a canned food drive instead of a party
One child in particular really stood out: A boy who decided he wanted to give back to the community for his 9th birthday. Erica Gamboa said her son, Mason, wanted to use his birthday this year to help out locally. That’s when the idea of a canned food drive came in. “We were able to collect $485, and also a lot of canned goods,” Gamboa said. The canned goods Mason collected on his birthday.
Group sews Quilts of Valor to honor Central Florida veterans
It’s all part of the new Central Florida chapter of Quilts of Valor. Melissa Mathews is the group leader and founded the Central Florida chapter of Quilts of Valor. Our respect for their sacrifice.”Right now the Central Florida chapter of Quilts of Valor has 22 members volunteering their time to sew, but they need funding to cover the costs of materials. On Feb. 21, the chapter will honor three local veterans: a 97-year-old World War II veteran and two Vietnam War veterans. The Central Florida Chapter of Quilts of Valor meets every third Wednesday of the month starting March 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore located at 9605 South US 17-19 in Maitland.
Will you be a ‘Good Neighbor’ in 2020?
In 2020, the founders behind a local movement are encouraging people to take a pledge to be a “good neighbor.”The pledge was created with the goal of becoming a more connected and caring community. National Good Neighbor Day advocate Tim DeTellis came on the News 6 at Nine show on New Year’s Eve to talk about the movement. Watch the full interview at the top of this story. Anyone who wants to take the pledge can visit nationalgoodneighborday.com.
Florida waitresses get $850 Christmas tip at diner
STUART, Fla. – It was just a regular lunch shift, but two Florida waitresses received the tip of a lifetime from one table: $850. Susan Morrison and Erin Gross were waiting on a Christmas party of 17 people on Wednesday at metro Diner. But when the bill was paid, the party decided to surprise the waitresses and each chipped in $50. The 59-year-old Morrison says she’s been a waitress for 40 years and has never had this happen. Treasure Coast Newspapers reports the waitresses fought tears as they hugged the woman who planned the lunch event.
Christmas came early: Orlando police gift 100 students new bikes
ORLANDO, Fla. – Christmas came early for 100 Orlando students who were selected to receive a new bicycle and helmet this holiday season. “My old bike was falling apart and I really need a new one. David Baker with OPD said school resource officers selected the students. Shields brought his old bicycle with him to OPD headquarters so another child can enjoy it. “I am donating my old bike, cause I just got a new one, to a kid who needs a bike,” Shields said.
Dozens of Central Florida families celebrate National Adoption Day
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Robert and Christina Vaughn have been waiting for National Adoption Day for a long time. “Ailee is actually our niece so we picked her up from the hospital when she was about three weeks old,” Robert Vaughn said. It’s #NationalAdoptionDay & we just interviewed the Vaughn family. pic.twitter.com/LfIscK9SrE — Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) November 22, 2019“There was definitely never a doubt about what we were going to do so,” Robert Vaughn said. The Children’s Home Society of Florida said about 50 families adopted throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties on Friday.
From sweet treat citations to snakes in custody, Central Florida’s first responders do it all
ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida's first responders are some of the best and the work they do that goes beyond what their job description requires of them is proof. (Image: Orlando Police Department)Once a member of the Orlando Police Department, always a member of the Orlando Police Department. Of course, the proclamation was presented to Van Scoyoc during his birthday celebration. [MORE: Central Florida man lives out dream of being EMT for Orlando Fire Department | After 40 minutes of CPR, Clermont father's life is saved]See? Their work is never done, yet that doesn't seem to stop Central Florida's first responders from going the extra mile.