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My Town Hero: Hot Springs woman starts homeless ministry, helps in African schools

My Town Hero: Hot Springs woman starts homeless ministry, helps in African schools

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Bonita Garrabrant is someone who has certainly gone above and beyond to help serve others.

She not only helps the less fortunate in her community, but also others who are thousands of miles away. For that reason, she was nominated as a THV My Town Hero.

Four years ago, Bonita Garrabrant started a homeless ministry at Lake Pointe Church after her heart was gripped by the needs of homeless men and women in downtown Hot Springs.

My Town Hero nominee: Barbara Baker

My Town Hero nominee: Barbara Baker

MT. VERNON, Ark. (KTHV) – Lauren Cook has nominated the late Barbara Baker as her My Town Hero.

Baker, once a teacher at Mt. Vernon-Enola High School, passed in early April after losing her battle with cancer, according to Cook. She said Baker began teaching at Mt. Vernon-Enola in either the late 70s or early 80s and continued to teach through chemo treatments and all of its side effects, showing students the value of working hard and teaching material that would become useful in the real world.

“Once you got in her class and got to know her, you found out she was witty, nice, and the most caring teacher in the district,” reflected Cook. “She was beyond dedicated to her job and her students.”

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Do you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond? Maybe they’re always helping people, or greets everyone with a smile. Perhaps they’ve beat unthinkable odds or have accomplished something exceptional.

My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

Bethany and Anne Marie are two little girls with bubbly personalities and a bond like none other.

Anne Marie is a 9-year-old who suffers from a rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa or ED, which causes her skin to blister in response to heat, movement, or friction. Bethany, 7, is trying to raise funds for a saltwater pool in an effort to ease Anne Marie’s pain.

Bethany has been making and selling rainbow loom bracelets to raise the $25,000 needed for the pool to be installed in Anne Marie’s back yard. So far, she has already brought in $14,000 in just nine weeks, with donations coming in from as far away as California.

"I felt a little sad, I was trying to figure out what to do for her,” explained Bethany. "I get happier and happier because we're getting closer to the pool."

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.