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Acts of Kindness

Times are tough in Southern Nevada. Many are in need and are dealing with the worry and stress of wondering how they are going to make ends meet. The good news is that generosity is alive and well in Las Vegas. People are showing acts of kindness every day towards family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. All too often, these amazing people go unrecognized for their selflessness. We'd like to meet these people and reward them for helping others.

Do you know someone who has shown an amazing act of kindness? Share with us at ActsOfKindness@8NewsNOW.com Every week we will recognize kindness with $800.

Acts of Kindness: Call for nominations

Every week, 8 News NOW honors local heroes who quietly give back to others in a segment called Acts of Kindness. Anchor Kirsten Joyce looks back at people who were featured and calls for future nominations. More>>

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  • Acts of Kindness: Gaby Foster

    Acts of Kindness: Gaby Foster

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-04-09 13:30:12 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - In November 2012, Gaby Foster was six months pregnant with her baby Jalen. Tragedy struck, however, as the child developed a rare and fatal bacterial infection. "We walked into the hospitalMore>>
    A Las Vegas volunteer is helping parents whose babies die with assistance and emotional support. She receives this week's Acts of Kindness award.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Tatiana and Leroy Newcomb

    Acts of Kindness: Tatiana and Leroy Newcomb

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-04-02 13:30:12 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Meet Leroy and Tatiana Newcomb, a Las Vegas couple with plenty to be thankful for. Six years ago, Tatiana lived out of her car. Leroy spent his nights at the local shelter. Today, both haveMore>>
    A local man and woman, who once lived on the streets themselves, are giving back to those in need. 8 News NOW is rewarding their efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Det. Chris Holman

    Acts of Kindness: Det. Chris Holman

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-03-27 12:39:24 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - When Detective Chris Holman of Henderson Police Department's Computer Crimes Unit started investigating online predators four years ago, he discovered an alarming trend: children are puttingMore>>
    A Henderson Police detective has given countless hours of his personal time to teach children and parents about the dangers of the Internet. He wins this week's Acts of Kindness award.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Ray and Clare Biggerstaff

    Acts of Kindness: Ray and Clare Biggerstaff

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-03-19 15:06:34 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Ray Biggerstaff and his wife Clare are the parents of five wonderful children. They are natural parents to two of the children. The Biggerstaffs adopted a son and foster the other two children. RayMore>>
    A local couple is helping foster families throughout the valley in a number of ways. Their efforts earn them this week's Acts of Kindness award.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Connie Quarrells

    Acts of Kindness: Connie Quarrells

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-03-12 18:25:23 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Connie Quarrells says she loves being a crossing guard at Robert Taylor Elementary School. "I enjoy it. It's not a job. It keeps me healthy, and it keeps me going," she said. The nearby communityMore>>
    A Las Vegas woman is tasked with safely getting kids and parents across the street, but crossing guard Connie Quarrells takes her job much further – earning her an Acts of Kindness award.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Evelyn Manfield

    Acts of Kindness: Evelyn Manfield

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-03-05 14:30:09 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Evelyn Manfield will tell you that anybody who knits or crochets always has extra. So, she decided to put that extra yarn to good use. She invited the local ladies at her senior mobile homeMore>>
    Evelyn Manfield and her team of quilters are providing warmth to premature babies, homeless people and the elderly. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness Winner Receives National Recognition

    Acts of Kindness Winner Receives National Recognition

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-02-26 14:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - A valley teen who was featured on Acts of Kindness has received national recognition for her anti-bullying radio show. Corey Taylor recently returned from Newtown, Connecticut where she receivedMore>>
    A valley teen who was featured on Acts of Kindness has received national recognition for her anti-bullying radio show.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Diana England

    Acts of Kindness: Diana England

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-02-19 14:30:12 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Diana England was born and raised in Las Vegas, and she's always had a passion for helping animals. When this mother of two reached a significant milestone in her life, she decided to putMore>>
    A Las Vegas woman works tirelessly to help find loving homes for animals. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Marshal Red Davis

    Acts of Kindness: Marshal Red Davis

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-02-12 14:30:11 GMT
    HENDERSON, Nev. - Marshal Red Davis demands the utmost respect from the 100 teens inside Judge Diana Hampton's courtroom. The teens were either ordered to attend or came voluntarily with their parents. TheyMore>>
    Once a month, teens and young adults are scared straight through the Henderson Life of Crime program. 8 News NOW recognizes the program's master of ceremonies in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Jim Lammert

    Acts of Kindness: Jim Lammert

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-01-29 14:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Jim Lammert tackles numerous problems at the Easter Seals facility in Las Vegas. His official job title is facilities manager, but people know him better as "Papa Jim". Tina Jeeves is theMore>>
    A valley man has spent years as a volunteer and employee for Easter Seals Nevada, helping countless disabled people. 8 News NOW is rewarding his efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Ryan Judkins

    Acts of Kindness: Ryan Judkins

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-01-22 14:30:09 GMT
    HENDERSON, Nev. - Ryan Judkins is normally clean-shaven. For the past nine months, however, he let his beard grow. While it proved trying at times, he did it to get people talking. "It definitely gotMore>>
    A Henderson man is helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by collecting donations and showing support with his whiskers. 8 News NOW rewards his efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Savanna Brink

    Acts of Kindness: Savanna Brink

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 9:30 AM EST2014-01-15 14:30:09 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Seven-year-old Savanna Brink is a sweetheart. The adorable redhead sprung into action after seeing something on television last month that got her thinking. "We saw a commercial with kidsMore>>
    A local girl's wish for the new year is to provide a full head of hair to a child who is battling cancer. Thanks to a local wig master, that wish will come true.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Brenda Villatorro

    Acts of Kindness: Brenda Villatorro

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 9:24 AM EST2014-01-08 14:24:40 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Brenda Villatorro recently arrived in style to North Las Vegas Medical Center, sporting a holiday costume and accompanied by "Santa Clause". They delivered holiday cheer and thousands of cookiesMore>>
    When soldiers are stationed overseas, a little piece of home goes a long way. 8 News NOW profiles a woman who ensures military veterans receive a little love, one cookie at a time.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Nick Finn

    Acts of Kindness: Nick Finn

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 9:30 AM EST2013-12-18 14:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Private Las Vegas Chef Nick Finn recently made a big change in his life after getting out of a bad relationship. "Instead of focusing on all that negativity, I just put forth my energy toMore>>
    A Las Vegas man spends his time helping the homeless people who gather at valley intersections. 8 News NOW rewards his efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Laverne Croucher

    Acts of Kindness: Laverne Croucher

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:30 AM EST2013-12-11 14:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Eighty-nine-year-old Laverne Croucher is sharp, spry and full of spirit. "I feel like forty or fifty, and then my body starts crying," she said. Croucher says she does not plan to slow down.More>>
    A Las Vegas woman has spent nearly a year collecting and sewing items for the valley's less fortunate children. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Giovanna Raccosta

    Acts of Kindness: Giovanna Raccosta

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:57 AM EST2013-12-04 15:57:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Excitement builds at the Boys Town in northwest Las Vegas. The kids are receiving a little cheer for the holidays. The bedrooms, which have not been remodeled in 23 years, are undergoing aMore>>
    A local woman who recently helped serve 13,000 meals to the less fortunate is now helping to remodel a local Boys Town. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Midge Sparlin

    Acts of Kindness: Midge Sparlin

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 1:28 PM EST2013-11-27 18:28:23 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Midge Sparlin is spreading a little holiday cheer to local veterans, one blanket at a time. She started making blankets last year that she could give to homeless veterans. Each blanket takesMore>>
    A local woman is providing blankets, love and appreciation to the valley's homeless veterans. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Carmen Lozano

    Acts of Kindness: Carmen Lozano

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 2:51 PM EST2013-11-20 19:51:15 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Carmen Lozano works part-time at Safekey, the before and after school program at Raul Elizondo Elementary School. She works with several kids who often come to school without a meal or properMore>>
    A Las Vegas woman with a heart of gold spends hours each week helping disadvantaged kids and volunteering at Three Square Food Bank. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Trish Leavitt

    Acts of Kindness: Trish Leavitt

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 9:30 AM EST2013-11-13 14:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - The connection between Trish Leavitt and Dean Lombardo is apparent. Lombardo is autistic and doesn't speak. That doesn't stop Leavitt from connecting with him. The two met and establishedMore>>
    8 News NOW is recognizing one woman's tireless work to help people with disabilities in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Beatrice Roche

    Acts of Kindness: Beatrice Roche

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 3:03 PM EST2013-11-06 20:03:33 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Beatrice Roche is an extremely humble and giving woman. She devotes a big part of her life volunteering at University Medical Center. Roche is 78-years-old. Her dear friend June Oak is a youngMore>>
    Beatrice Roche is one of two valley women who deliver large doses of kindness every day to patients at Valley Hospital. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Corey Taylor

    Acts of Kindness: Corey Taylor

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-10-30 13:30:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - At just 15 years of age, Corey Taylor possesses wisdom far beyond her years and an unwavering mission. "I really, really want to help people who aren't lucky enough to have good family support,More>>
    A Las Vegas teen is using the power of radio and her own savings to help other kids cope with bullying. 8 News NOW rewards her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Sue Theroux

    Acts of Kindness: Sue Theroux

    Wednesday, October 23 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-10-23 13:30:12 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Sue Theroux loves teaching yoga. She does not, however, use yoga mats, but yoga chairs for her class at Vintage Park Memory Care Community. Because of her care and touch, the exercises haveMore>>
    A Las Vegas woman is using the therapeutic powers of yoga to help victims of Alzheimer's Disease. 8 News NOW acknowledges her efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Frank Rodgers

    Acts of Kindness: Frank Rodgers

    Wednesday, October 16 2013 2:01 PM EDT2013-10-16 18:01:24 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Armed with fliers, Frank Rodgers and his 4-year-old son Christopher canvas their south Las Vegas neighborhood, trying to generate donations for Safe Nest. Frank is teaching Christopher at aMore>>
    Safe Nest is Nevada's largest charity devoted to helping victims of domestic violence and their children. One valley man chose this organization to teach his son how to give back.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Kim Amato

    Acts of Kindness: Kim Amato

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-10-09 13:30:09 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Kim Amato calls it southern Nevada's biggest baby shower. She is the founder of Baby's Bounty, an effort to get every newborn in southern Nevada off to a good start. Learn More About Baby'sMore>>
    The arrival of a new baby requires a significant amount of planning, but some parents lack the basic necessities to care for their newborn. One Las Vegas woman is trying to change that.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Mary Felgar

    Acts of Kindness: Mary Felgar

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-10-02 13:30:09 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Mary Felgar is known as "The Singing Lady". "I've been singing since I was a little girl," she said. Her weekly visits to the Prestige Nursing Home are extremely uplifting. "I love God. IMore>>
    A Las Vegas woman has given back to the community for decades, both as a school teacher and a volunteer at a local nursing home, where her voice brings joy to many.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Skyler Gonzalez

    Acts of Kindness: Skyler Gonzalez

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 2:39 PM EDT2013-09-25 18:39:28 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Air conditioning is something people take for granted, until it stops working. It wasn't a broken part that left the staff and kids at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club without airMore>>
    A local Boys and Girls Club is crediting a relatively new member of its group with helping pay for a big repair bill. 8 News NOW rewards his efforts in this week's Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Levi Terry

    Acts of Kindness: Levi Terry

    Wednesday, September 18 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-09-18 13:30:09 GMT
    HENDERSON, Nev. - Levi Terry is quite an entrepreneur. At only eight years of age, he has already cornered the market in his Green Valley Ranch neighborhood with his de-cluttering service. He will admitMore>>
    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one Las Vegas boy is doing his part by raising money for a girl suffering from neuroblastoma cancer.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Cameron Cheal

    Acts of Kindness: Cameron Cheal

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-09-11 13:30:12 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - In times of crisis, Cameron Cheal knows how to listen. "There are times when you really wish you had had somebody with you. That's when we're called. That's when we'll be there," Cheal said.More>>
    It takes a special person to console others in times of tragedy. These special volunteers receive extensive training through the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP). One volunteer averages 70 to 100 hours a month.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Daniel Wathen

    Acts of Kindness: Daniel Wathen

    Wednesday, September 4 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-09-04 18:37:36 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Three years ago, Zafra Figueroa left her Las Vegas home to escape her abusive, alcoholic father. "I just couldn't take any more," she said. She came to the Drop-In Center at the Nevada PartnershipMore>>
    This year, the Clark County School District enrolled 7,000 homeless students. A local volunteer is helping some of these youth get a new start on life. 8 News NOW rewards his efforts in Acts of Kindness.More>>
  • Acts of Kindness: Teen Radio Host Up for National Honor

    Acts of Kindness: Teen Radio Host Up for National Honor

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 2:58 PM EST2014-02-05 19:58:56 GMT
    LAS VEGAS - Sixteen-year-old Corey Taylor is garnering a lot of attention these days for her anti-bullying radio program. The program is broadcast out of Las Vegas Thursday evenings and has a global audience. 8More>>
    A Las Vegas teen, showcased on Acts of Kindness in October, has been nominated for a national award. She's invited to a special ceremony, but she needs the public's help to get there.More>>
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  • State accepts NLV balanced budget plan

    State accepts NLV balanced budget plan

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:27:29 GMT
    The city of North Las Vegas says it has submitted a balanced tentative budget to the state. A balanced budget was due Tuesday to avoid a possible takeover by the state.More>>
    The city of North Las Vegas says the state has no problems with its proposed balanced budget plan. The city confirms that the state responded to the tentative plan and has no issues with it.More>>
  • BREAKING NEWS: One man stabbed to death with screwdriver

    BREAKING NEWS: One man stabbed to death with screwdriver

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:04:07 GMT
    One man is dead after being stabbed to death with a screwdriver Wednesday afternoon, Metro Police said. According to police, the stabbing happened around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a thrift store near Rancho Drive and Cheyenne Avenue.More>>
    One man is dead after being stabbed to death with a screwdriver Wednesday afternoon, Metro Police said. According to police, the stabbing happened around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a thrift store near Rancho Drive and Cheyenne Avenue.
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  • Henderson budget shortfall could mean higher taxes, fees

    Henderson budget shortfall could mean higher taxes, fees

    Henderson budget shortfall could mean higher taxes, fees

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:07:18 GMT
    The City of Henderson is staring down the barrel of a $19 million budget shortfall.Proposed ways to bridge the gap include cutting services at local parks and recreation centers and increasing property taxes.More>>
    The City of Henderson is staring down the barrel of a $19 million budget shortfall.Proposed ways to bridge the gap include cutting services at local parks and recreation centers and increasing property taxes.More>>
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